June Update: What’s APPening® at APPCityLife

 

Startup Weekend Albuquerque

Startup Weekend Albuquerque is this weekend, and it’s not too late to claim your spot. APPCityLife is an enthusiastic supporter of the concepts surrounding Startup Weekends, and we think they’re helping jumpstart the startup culture here in our city. Our CEO, Lisa Abeyta, and COO, Lawrence Abeyta, both participated in the Santa Fe event held in early spring, and both will be coaching during this weekend’s event.

CityLife Women

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We have long been committed to supporting and promoting the success of women through networking, peer coaching, mentoring and promoting dialogue about issues unique to women, and we so proud to announce the launch of CityLife Women, an initiative of APPCityLife to providing opportunities for networking, peer coaching, mentoring and promoting dialogue about issues unique to women. CityLife Women will host local and web events, organizes panel discussions, fosters mentoring and peer coaching opportunities.

We recently hosted our first event, the official Albuquerque National Girlfriends Networking Day, organized by The New Agenda, a live-streamed event of panelists hosted by The New York Times. Panelists included Journalist Soledad O’Brien, More Magazine Editor-In-Chief Lesley Jane Seymour, Plus-Size Model and former NBA Star Kym Hampton, and Managing Partner Golden Seeds LLC, Loretta McCarthy.

After listening to the unique journeys insights of the NYC panelists , we began our local panel:
Lexi Petronis, Editor-in-Chief of Albuquerque the Magazine
Susan Henderson, Principal of Placemakers, LLC
Samantha Updegraff, Patent Attorney with Lewis and Rocca, LLP
Lisa J. Adkins, Director of BioSciences Lab
Susan Zubiate Grace, owner of Athlete’s Edge
Tierna Unruh-Enos, Marketing Director for the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services.

We’ll be hosting future events. Like our CityLife Women Facebook Page to keep up with issues affecting women and for news of upcoming events.
Local Businesses Can Launch GeoCoupons in Civic Apps

After several months of design and many weeks of testing, our geocoupon platform is almost ready to unveil. With several of our civic clients already signing up, we’ll have several apps in which local businesses can launch their own geo-located coupon. The coupons will also be available through our own branded apps.

Now businesses can reach the large audiences which access our civic apps every day, using geotargeting to offer coupons to their most ideal client – the one who is working or visiting nearby.

How it will work:

  • Local businesses will fill out a one-time form to apply to be a vendor in our civic or branded apps.
  • Once approved, business owners, advertisers, or social media marketers will log in to our website to create their coupon template. Once the template is completed, coupons can be generated and edited on the fly.
  • Within seconds, business owners can create a coupon and automatically launch it into approved apps. Get a new shipment in? Need to pack the house? This is the answer for real-time marketing via mobile.
  • Business owners control their own budgets. Set limits and then watch the countdown begin as the limited number of offers are quickly scooped up by our thousands of civic and branded app users. Want to reach a larger audience? Change your budget or your targets.
  • It’s that easy.

    Sign up today to be one of our first advertisers to launch. Initially available only to the Albuquerque and Santa Fe markets in New Mexico. 35 additional cities will be rolled out over the next few months.

National Day of Civic Hacking

APPCityLife recently participated in Albuquerque’s Civic Tech Day, part of the National Day of Civic Hacking initiated by HackForChange.Org. Sponsored by the City of Albuquerque, and the University of New Mexico, New Mexico Technology Council, the event was filled with developers interested in hacking Open Data for their cities. We shared with the group our own experiences and what we’ve learned about what works with open data apps, what cities want and what the app users want.

Pictured: Lawrence Abeyta and Lisa Abeyta, demonstrating the powerful analytics delivered to the city from their open data mobile app ABQ RIDE.

What’s APPening® with APPCityLife Apps

Bendix King: our client’s first app is days away from submission to the App Store. An events-focused app, Bendix King will serve up geolocated coupons to attendees through their branded app.

ABC Libraries: after what seems like forever but is more like a few months, the Library App is on our front burner and under development. Users will have sweet features like using Passbook technology for their library card, receive push notices for holds ready for pickup, can check out nearby events, and much more.

Public Art: ABQ Art’s design is almost complete. The app will feature scavenger hunts, interactive events, and a full database of art around the city.

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About APPCityLife

APPCityLife connects people with cities through a complete end-to-end mobile and cloud platform where cities, developers, civic hackers, nonprofits, schools and enterprise can publish robust mobile apps with seamless Open Data integration. Our platform is powerful enough to support rapid prototyping for experienced coders and developers, but it is also easily accessible to those without any previous coding experience; we empower individuals to create solutions and build mobile apps which address challenges they see within their own community.
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