DocsC429

 Application Name: ChiCon

            AppID: C429

            Short description: This app can be used by Chicago residents to find nearby Connect Chicago locations, where they can access computers, online learning resources, and digital skills training for free.

 

Section 2:

 

 Many people around Chicago do not own computers or laptops; some cannot afford one, others might believe they will not use it enough, and some may feel they would not know how to work it even if they had one. Regardless, there are many residents without Internet access or basic computer skills.

 

With this app, residents with smartphones will be able to view locations close to them that can be used for Internet access, digital skills training, and online learning resources. These places are part of the Connect Chicago network, with over 250 different locations around the City of Chicago.

 

The end user will access the app, which opens to a home menu. From here, the user may choose to view a map (using the Google Maps API), which will highlight locations near to them. They can interact with the map and select and search around the city, and choose to view more information about a specific location if desired. Additionally from the home menu, the user would alternatively be able to select a list of all of the locations, sorted alphabetically or by location (nearest to farthest distance from user), based off user choice. This list, as well as the map, will be searchable and filterable.

 

The data being used from the City of Chicago Data Portal will be the Connect Chicago Locations (https://data.cityofchicago.org/Education/Connect-Chicago-Locations/bmus-hp7e). This data is utilized in the application for the address of each location, and many of the other information columns used to filter results in the list/map filter options (Wi-Fi, Hours, Training, Restrictions, etc.).

 

Section 3:

 

The intended audience of this app ranges from young teens to older adults. People of all ages could use this app to see where they can get free training for basic computer functionality skills (young teens new to computers, older adults not familiar with technology). Additionally, people of all ages would likely use this app to find free computer and Wi-Fi locations around the city. The intended audience would be for individuals without Internet access at home or those with no familiarity with computers.

 

In later stages of the application, perhaps data could be collected from users giving feedback on the locations. This would be done by users writing reviews and rating the locations on a 5-star scale. If this were implemented, users could choose to filter the locations based on highest/lowest rating.

 

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Some unique features of the app are the ability to filter the locations based off certain criteria, and the ability to have a map view as well as a list view of the locations. The filtering options would include any or all of the following: Wi-Fi Access, Hours, Appointment, Internet Access, Training, PC Restrictions, Number of Computers, Assisted Technology Available, Internet Speed, Volunteers, Nearest Parking Options, Public Transportation Nearby, Time Restrictions, and Handicap Accessibility.  This will make the app very user friendly and helpful to the end user in determining a location which will fit their needs best.

 

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The application is not available in any location, because the code base is not developed for submission or usability at the moment. It will be written for the iOS platform and be available on iPhones eventually upon completion.


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