How did you us the data set(s) in your Submission?
First, the data was manipulated and augmented, to better suit the app. Then the majority of it appears in either a directory structure, plotted on a map, or viewable via a specific detail page for each data point.
What problem/challenge is your Submission helping to solve, and how?
I think the goal of C-U There! can be summed up in one word – Discoverability. I created an application that will hopefully cater to not just visitors of Champaign-Urbana, but also to current and past college students, and people who’ve lived here for an extended period of time. Champaign is so diverse, and has so much great stuff to offer, that it is sometimes hard to discover the hidden gems. I’d like for this app to aid people in finding new experiences, not just new places.
What community members will your Submission help serve, and how will they be impacted?
The beauty of C-U There! is that the target audience is so large. Everyone from U of I students, to lifelong residents, to passing visitors can leverage the news, events, and place directories within the application, to have a more fulfilling experience while they’re here. The three main areas of the app are news, places, and parking. The aggregate news section is great for keeping up on the daily happenings in Champaign-Urbana. The parking map is amazing for people who are unfamiliar with parking procedures downtown, especially when combined with the already present one-way street indicators in the mapping application. And lastly, the places! You can find anything you’re looking for, either based on your location, or via a categorized directory. Finding that new place to eat is a snap!
How do you envision city and/or state government utilizing your Submission to make a positive impact on the Pilot Community of State of Illinois?
Since the cornerstone of the app is Discoverability, I’m sure that the goal of C-U There! is immediately congruent with some of the goals of the local community. The city of Champaign is such a great place, and being able to show this, tangibly to all kinds of people is an exciting, leading practice. The application has made great use of the data sets that have been provided so far, and I think it shows a clear need for more data, hopefully providing a drive that the city needs. Whether it’s expanding the POIs to include menu information, or contact information, or, convincing the sister city, Urbana, to open up some of its data, C-U There! will be a powerful tool in the economic and technological growth of Champaign-Urbana.
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