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A free App for citizens, to improve transparency in mobile service availability: a real-time App to get individual easy-to-read stats about real mobile service availability, now and through time.
We will use to build an application Android mobile (version 2.2 or later), so that the majority of users to download, and to make it non-intrusively. Then add data visualization, and will model to make them easier to read on mobile.
Any citizen with a smartphone. Mobile networks are saturated, people can’t complain, service providers speaks in technical terms. Easy-to-read info is needed for people can compare and asks for their rights.
We’ll have a website to inform and download (standard and mobile version), put the app in Android App Market, and will do a public launching through social media (Twitter Facebook), to get users and expand the word of mouth.
We had connections with the Computer Department of Universidad de Chile and The Telecommunications Department of the Chilean Government.
We have an Alpha prototype: a basic app for Android, to start getting stats from the users. The Beta version has to be developed after we have some data, and the Test version should have visualization for this data.
We’ll success when mobile service providers have to unify QoS criteria giving more transparency in “availability service” terms for the users.
App Developer, Web Developer, Data Engineer, Web Designer, Information Architect, and Mobile phones to test.
Please list who is on your team: Gabriel Hourton, Gabriel del Canto, Gonzalo Muñoz, Carlos Meneses, Carolina Sandoval.
Expected number of months to complete project: 6 months
Estimated Project Cost:USD53,000.-
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organization [if applicable]: NicLabs
How did you learn about the contest? Through Poderopedia Leader (Knight foundation 2011 winner) Miguel Paz.