3 Ways to Build an App for Politics [Part 1]

October 25, 2016 | Rob LaPointe

The 2016 US Presidential race has changed the political landscape of our country forever. While this race, in all of its ups and downs, highs and [extreme] lows, it is only setting the stage for the future of US Politics. We don’t yet know what that future will be, but it is clear that whatever lies in store it will be tumultuous.

But (not to be profiteering), tumult and change also opens the door to new market opportunities. As an app development company, we’re always searching for new ways to apply our knowledge to modern events – like this presidential race. Over the last year and a half or so, we’ve seen a few problems that can be solved with apps.

While none of them include inducing national amnesia so that we can all forget this entire thing, there are a few opportunities we identified. So we thought we would discuss some of the crossroads between Tech Entrepreneurship and Politics.

To narrow the field even further, we will only discuss openings that have a clear, long term sustainability. Each section is written by a different person in our company to provide a unique perspective – and don’t worry, we made sure to edit the engineers. They may make the best apps we’ve ever seen, but there’s a reason us writers are around!

Also, keep in mind this is only part 1 of this post; check back in a few days for the Conclusion!

Back to School by Rob LaPointe, VP of Sales

Remember in Middle and High School when your parents couldn’t remember all 50 US states? I certainly recall being shocked that they didn’t. Fast forward a few decades, and I can barely remember what state I’m currently in, much less 49 others!

But despite this, I still have the desire to be a good citizen and to vote responsibly – as do most people. Which is why I constantly find myself Googling how many electoral votes are needed to win the presidency (270), or how many people are in the House of Representatives (435).

So that’s when I thought, “god it would be great to have an app for this.” So there it is – an app that can answer all my questions about the US government and the electoral process. That’s not enough though. I mean, trivia apps abound and really what I want is something that can anticipate my needs, saving me time.

In order to provide this app a competitive edge and to add value to the service, I figured a three-fold approach would work best:

1. Machine Learning tools that can learn from my queries and eventually learn to anticipate them;

2. Questions relating to current trendy news; and

3. Popular questions being asked by other users and other people on the internet.

All of these features bound in one app would be exceptionally helpful to the busy citizen on the go. Want to build your own information resource app? Click now to get started. Or give us a call at 408.805.0495/408.621.8481.

Check back in a few days for part 2 of this post, where our CTO and Chief Designer will have their say!

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