VoteScope NYC beta was the "Change" prize and 2nd Place Winner at the NYU Wagner and NYC Digital Code for Change Hackathon.
It is a mobile web app we designed and built in two weeks. It provided election insight during the Nov 6th 2012 election for New York City voters, including:
- voter districts,
- where to vote,
- local and national candidates,
- candidates' parties,
- responsibilities of the office they were running for,
- how to contact them and find their webpages,
- and where the candidates get their money.
The web app, produced in English, Spanish, and Spanglish (inspired by El Bloombito, the satirical Spanglish Bloomberg impersonator), received 2000 visitors after one day of social media promotion on the day of the election, with an average page view of 2 minutes 46 seconds, suggesting that people thoroughly scrolled through and investigated the candidate information we provided.
VoteScope NYC beta was designed and built in response to a challenge posed by the NYC Campaign Finance Board, and we worked closely with them throughout the challenge.
After the election we are working to incorporate results and more information about the political system. Our mission is to help people understand politics, and we are interested in partnering with organizations who can help us reach underrepresented minorities and groups with a history of lackluster political involvement.
About the Hackathon: http://wagner.nyu.edu/labs/codeforchange/
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Video from the Hackathon presentations (warning: very long):
Nathan Storey (Marketing)
Rene Yap (Back-end Development)
Maria Rabinovich (UX and Front-end Development)
Valentina Camacho (Designer and Content Strategist)
You can try it out at http://votescope.us or watch the app in action below.