On Thursday, 29 October 2010 Portland CivicApps announced the winners of Round 2 of Apps for Greater Portland competition. Loqi.me, an entry created originally for the International GWOB hackathon by Aaron Parecki and I won Most Useful App and Best in Show.
We were both surprised and excited to meet Mayor Sam Adams and learn about the other award-winning applications (all of which are listed below). We were also surprised to win some prize money, which we will use to provide food and prizes for future hackathons in Portland, Seattle and San Francisco, as well as pay for server costs incurred by Geoloqi.com.
This application is a resource for citizens, medical teams and governments before, during and after disasters.
Loqi.me allows mobile users to send an emergency GPS beacon to a real-time map. Crises responders can view all of the help requests on the webpage, along with hospitals and fire stations, real-time 911 calls related to natural disasters.
Ground teams can easily use Loqi.me on their mobile phones to send notices of supplies and terrain reports in real time. Remote helpers can easily see the whole picture on the website’s real-time map, handle help and information requests, and send messages to the network.
Loqi.me supports subscription to group messages via SMS, AIM, Jabber and Twitter. No application installation is required. Location beacons can be sent simply by going to http://loqi.me on a mobile phone.
Congratulations to the award winners and runners-up for this second round of app submissions to CivicApps! Here’s a list of the official winners of the second round of the CivicApps For Greater Portland Competition:
— Amber Case & Aaron Parecki for Cross-platform Group Messaging and Location Beaconing for Disaster Relief judged most useful and utility to citizens overall.
— Runners Up: Justin Palmer, Matt Blair, Joseph Mosser, Bill Wilson, Melelani Sax-Barnett
— Matt Blair for PDX Trees judged most appealing in terms of design and usability.
— Runners Up: Amber Case & Aaron Parecki, Justin Palmer, Max Ogden, Joseph Mosser, Bill Wilson
— Melelani Sax-Barnett for Portland Bike to Transit Map judged best originality, uniqueness and inventive nature.
— Runners Up: Amber Case & Aaron Parecki, Atul Mathur, Matt Blair, Max Ogden, Bill Wilson
— Max Ogden for CivicApps Data Previewer judged best overall utilization of the datasets.
— Runners Up: Amber Case & Aaron Parecki, Justin Palmer, Bill Wilson, Melelani Sax-Barnett, Dan Wilson
— Joseph Mosser for Pdxtrian for receiving the most public votes.
— Amber Case & Aaron Parecki for Group Messaging and Location Beaconing for Disaster Relief judged top overall app.
You can learn more about CivicApps at CivicApps.org.
Loqi.me is open source and free to use for anyone who wants to build on it. You can get the sourcecode for Loqi.me here on Github.