Localized Mobile News App Connecting You to Your Community

submission by JaredHyneman
Localized Mobile News App Connecting You to Your Community

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Ruckus Projects

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Organization(s) twitter handle(s):


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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization


Other (please specify below):

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


Ruckus projects is a community of future makers coming together to launch projects that matter.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


We are the Waze for neighborhood news and events! Using geo-location data from local news sources (of your choosing), our app will plot the stories that matter to you, in real-time, on an interactive map that both engages and informs. Gone are the days of information overload and irrelevant articles... it's time to view the news like never before!

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):

How will your proposal improve the following “Connect” metrics? (check all that apply)

Rates of volunteerism

Voting rates by race

Adults getting sufficient social & emotional support

Median travel time to work

Attendance at cultural events

Number of public transit riders

Participation in neighborhood councils

Percentage of Angelenos that volunteer informally (Dream Metric)

Government responsiveness to residents’ needs (Dream Metric)

Transit-accessible housing and employment (the share of housing units and percentage of jobs that are located near transit)

Total number of local social media friends and connections (Dream Metric)

Attendance at public/open streets gatherings (Dream Metric)

Residential segregation (Dream Metric)

Access to free wifi (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to connect.


Our app will increase civic engagement by making local information more accessible, relevant and helpful than ever before.

Our location-centric based approach ensures the users only receive information that’s relevant to them. This is our competitive advantage. Our app will build upon previous innovations throughout our city to make LA the best place to connect!

The app leverages the latest technology and advances, including:
- Open data sourcing
- GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
- Mobile technology

Users will have the power of their city’s data in the palm of their hand... through a simple, clean, fresh interface. Even more importantly, it will provide a comprehensible, yet digestible way to take in locally based information in a way that leads to community action and involvement.

With primary goals of
- increasing voter turnout
- increasing volunteerism
- increasing attendance at cultural events
- increasing participation in neighborhood councils

The technology used by this app, gives the city access to new levels of granularity, unlike ever before.

Location technology give us the competitive advanced to bring the information age into our communities, to engage our city councils to address issues that matter to our communities.

Our App will pull data from several key sources, plot them on an interactive map based on location, and color code them by category. The following data streams have been identified for possible consideration.

+ Voting Policies/Information
-- issues on the ballot
-- neighborhoods impacted
-- where to vote
+ Location/Times of City Council Meetings
+ 411 Safety Alerts
+ Volunteer Opportunities
+ Cultural Events

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


Our work will be evaluated based on four criteria:
1. Overall simplicity and efficiency of design
2. Performance and mobilization of our app
3. Measurement of utilization by users (through monitoring of servers & data)
4. Practical user turnout and involvement in local events

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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Hey guys - very cool! We're doing something somewhat similar: http://myla2050connect2015.maker.good.is/projects/voter

Would love to get your input - info@voter.xyz


by Voterxyz
6 months ago

This sounds so fantastic!! Id love an app to keep me in the loop about what's going on locally, especially love that you can personalize it so thoroughly. I really hope you guys get funded!!

by ashabs
6 months ago

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Submission Began
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Submission Ended
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
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Voting Began
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Voting Ended
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
at 08:00 PM UTC

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Winner Announced
Tuesday, December 08, 2015