Inspired by President Clinton's plenary address at CGI's 2013 Winter Meeting, IEEE commits to create a website called App-E-Feat. Through App-E-Feat, IEEE will engage its membership in developing mobile applications (apps) that enhance the capacity of organizations to educate, sustain, or create new economic opportunities for the populations they serve.
IEEE will develop and curate a website that connects the IEEE worldwide membership of professional and student engineers and computer scientists to opportunities to develop apps for organizations that seek to positively impact humanity around the world. This website will provide resources that can be used to develop mobile applications to address issues for organizations in the following categories: energy, environment, global health, women and girls, STEM education, technology, and response & resilience. Through this website, IEEE members and other app developers will aim to provide 150 apps that are adopted by these organizations, which can then be used to potentially develop tailored apps for and by others. In addition, these apps and templates could be available for download by thousands of other users.
Organizations with initiatives that seek to positively impact humanity that enter the website will be able to identify their area of focus and set up a short profile of their organization, including information on how they achieve their goals. They will then be able to either 1) post their technological needs for a mobile app or 2) post their interest in finding a developer partner to help them identify a need.
IEEE will populate App-E-Feat with resources to help developers write apps for specific platforms. The website will also be a portal for those organizations seeking help to develop technology beyond mobile applications, enabling organization to post their requests so that IEEE members can respond and help. The organizations will be paired with developers and code through the App-E-Feat site. Once matched, developers and the organizations will be able to work together to shape the code to their specific needs. The code will then become available to other organizations looking for a similar platform.
App-E-Feat will also allow organizations in search of volunteers to post their technology and educational needs. IEEE members can then volunteer for technology or STEM educational projects.
This commitment will be carried out over the next two years.
Part One: Begin developing the App-E-Feat website and generate buzz around the commitment announcement at CGI
- IEEE will create the specification for the website and all the supporting functionality. This includes the ability for organizations and IEEE volunteers to register and post requests, and for the site to host resources for volunteer app developers to help them create a mobile app, success stories, and images.
- IEEE and Finn Partners will launch a media campaign in conjunction with the commitment announcement at CGI.
Part Two: Finalize and launch App-E-Feat website
November - December 2013
- IEEE will finalize website functionality and formally launch App-E-Feat through internal and external communications.
- IEEE and Finn Partners will be launching a media campaign in conjunction with the launch of the website.
- Leading up to Engineers Week during February 17-23, 2014, the site will be populated with resources dedicated to the development of mobile apps divided into the nine categories.
- IEEE will host the first ever App-E-Feat competition for mobile app developers ahead of, and during, Engineers Week in February of 2014. IEEE will conduct outreach to media around this competition to gain additional visibility for App-E-Feat and the CGI commitment.
- The App-E-Feat website will be promoted by IEEE during Engineers Week through a contest encouraging app participation and adoption. IEEE USA will complement the program by including opportunities and resources for school children to participate and learn about mobile apps that benefit humanity.
- IEEE will promote App-E-Feat to its more than 425,000 engineering and science members and their colleagues through various outlets that will be outlined as part of the promotion plan.
- IEEE will conduct an ongoing media relations program highlighting App-E-Feat success stories and case studies throughout the two years to increase awareness and participation in App-E-Feat.
The membership of the Clinton Global Initiative, and the wider development community, includes many organizations trying to help improve the quality of life for those living with poverty, malnutrition, harsh environmental conditions, gender inequality, disease, and disabilities, as well as aiding in the aftermath of conflicts and natural disasters. These organizations' focus areas may vary, but they share the common goal of working to improve society. Many of these organizations could benefit from access to the expertise of the engineering and computing technology community. Mobile devices have become essential tools for bringing new opportunities to parts of the world that may have no other access to computing technologies or other forms of communication. The ability to provide real time information and to extract pertinent data can create new economic and social opportunities and, more importantly, save lives. Anyone with access to a mobile device can be provided access to education and health information. For women in some areas of the world, this may be the only avenue to pursue a better life for themselves and their children.
IEEE aims to provide a forum in which access is not a barrier to developing innovative solutions to many problems faced by these organizations.