intELECT. The app that makes politics easy.
From day one, politics has been on the mind of the LID team. After the bumpy and tumultuous ride that was working through Project Vote Smart to re-focusing and re-branding five weeks before Demo Day, it’s safe to say that our team is glad to have made it to the end of the semester in one piece and with an amazing product to show off.
There could not have been a better slot for intELECT to take at Demo Day than the last one. We felt like we were the buzz. “Have you heard that one of the teams had to re-do their app halfway?” That’s us! Better to have some buzz than none! Getting to see our classmates on stage and presenting their products made our team even more excited for our turn.
The great thing about LID is that we all have so many ideas. And just like the app we created intends to inform a democracy, we made a lot of decisions for Demo Day through simple votes. Should we do a live demo? Should we make a video? What videos should we include? What do we even wear?
As Justin Timberlake would say, “as long as I got my suit and tie, I’mma leave it out on the floor tonight.” Which is exactly what intELECT did as we walked into the auditorium in our black Washington wear to the sound of “Hail to the Chief.” We’ve already made an app in five weeks. What’s left to lose? Just as we envision a more honest government, we told the story of intELECT honestly. The struggle along the way of creating a product that properly functioned as we envisioned really resonated with the judges.
The team decided to hold off on announcing our release into the App store until Demo Day so we could share the news with the entire class at once. Along with Game Plan, two apps from the class can be downloaded onto iOS devices. We received a lot of comments about how impressive it was to build what we did so quickly, much less get it into the App store.
The judges were tough, but fair in their questioning and through some preparation and a Google Doc of how to improve the app already, we were able to answer questions about future features and usability of the app just perfectly.
Here are some of the comments from the judges:
“Great goal. I like the quiz idea!” – Debbie Hiott, editor of the Austin American-Statesman
“Great that team was able to get in the App Store after switching midway. Government 101 and quiz functions will help engage voters who are not political junkies.” – R.B. Brenner of Stanford University, incoming journalism director
“Great idea and definitely a problem missing a solution – until now. Simple, clear design.” – Brantley Essary
Demo Day was a blast. As for LID, each of us hopes to stay on and continue our little project. Stick around, because with the mid-term elections coming up, intELECT is going nowhere!
Download intELECT on your iOS device here: bit.ly/intELECTforiOS