Exploring new territory in digital public spaces and how the shift from public consultation in the development of services to public commissioning of services can be made tangible via a web platform.
1 Academic Researcher
This project explored new territory in digital public spaces and how the shift from public consultation in the development of services to public commissioning of services could be made tangible via a web platform. The resulting platform "App Movement," turns the typical model of smart phone app development on its head. Rather software companies instigating the development of Apps, people come together to propose and design their own apps, which are then developed by the system. App Movement developed from another community-led App developed in Newcastle: Feedfinder, which was built in response to new mothers’ needs to find and share public spaces to breastfeed. Via a website, App Movement makes the collective commissioning of smart phone Apps available to anyone, free of charge. To date, this has included Apps for rating dementia-friendly cafés, housing landlords, and safe areas for flying personal camera drones.