Yalies Launch Event Interface App

Our very own Jessica and her team have launched an event interface app in partnership with the Yale Admissions office for Bulldog Days! Another app you probably never thought you needed, but will now not be able to live without. Out now in the iTunes App Store and available on the web, this web application looks like a fantastic way for everyone in a community to easily access local events (Android version of app reportedly coming soon!). Local politicians would be wise to take advantage of this new technology to get people out from behind their slacktivist computers!

Roammeo Bulldog Days App

3 comments to Yalies Launch Event Interface App

  • Anne

    Wow, after fooling around with this for a while, one thing is clear: this app is comprehensive and easy to use! I would agree that local politicians would be wise to develop an app along these lines for their own use. Another population that would benefit is citizen activists as the beauty of this app is its ability to connect information with actionable steps and thereby somewhat push back against slacktivism, as you point out. Rather than list events and other information, all of the steps a user needs to take to act upon the information presented is there– the map location, the time, the background information… It is hard to simply click “like” and move on feeling you’ve made a real change for an event listed on this app as further ways to get involved are so clearly laid out.

  • Rachel

    How cool! Why am I graduating?? I wanna be a prefrosh with cool new media tools to use.

  • Jessica

    Thanks for posting this, Hyatt, and for checking it out, Anne and Rachel! Our team’s been working for a while to fix the way that events are shared and discovered within communities, and it’s actually what I’ll be spending this coming summer on, too.

    We have indeed spoken with political campaigns, and I think it has a lot of potential to allow politicians to cater to different audiences: volunteers, young voters, older voters, party voters, independents, etc. At the same time, I have to admit that (when I take my business cap off) I am a bit worried about just how high-tech campaigns might become in 2012. As important as it is to have slick sites, I think it is equally important to make sure that the appearance of engagement is consistent with engagement itself. For example, we allow politicians to post permanent pins for “events” in towns that correspond to blog posts or tweets that they made about that area. Is that wrong, though? Are we enabling them to be slacktivist campaigners rather than knock on doors?

    It’s something the Roammeo team will be thinking about for sure as we keep working. Keep your eye out for the Yale version this week and let me know what you think!

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