over 2 years ago

And the winners are...

The votes are in! Go to the challenge gallery to congratulate the winners and check out all of the great submissions.

Questions?

We’re here to help. If you have any questions about the challenge, post on the discussion forum or email support@challengepost.com and we’ll respond as soon as we can.


over 2 years ago

Meet your finalists!

Hey there wayfinders,

Wow — we were overwhelmed by all the great projects you submitted last week. Thank you for your effort and creativity!

After careful review, we have identified our four finalists, who will be presenting their entries in Philadelphia on Monday 6/29. Without further ado … here they are!

It was a tough choice between all the awesome submissions — we really appreciate your participation! If you’re Philly-based, please join us at the finals event on Monday evening at the IBX Innovation Center. It’ll be a great…

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over 2 years ago

Last call for votes

If you haven’t cast your vote yet for PACT’s Wayfinding Challenge, there’s still time. The polls will remain open until 5pm ET on June 24. Spread the word and tell your friends & family to vote for you!

Questions?

We’re here to help. If you have any questions about the challenge, post on the discussion forum or email support@challengepost.com and we’ll respond as soon as we can.


over 2 years ago

Public voting is now open

It’s your turn to pick the winner! Browse the Submission Gallery and vote for your favorite submission. Be sure to spread the word through your social networks too. The last day to vote is June 24.

Questions?

We’re here to help. If you have any questions about the challenge, post on the discussion forum or email support@challengepost.com and we’ll respond as soon as we can.


over 2 years ago

Last call for submissions

The deadline is just around the corner and this is your last chance to submit your solution. The deadline is June 15 at 5pm ET. Find out what time that is in your city.

Questions?

We’re here to help. If you have any questions about the challenge, post on the discussion forum or email support@challengepost.com and we’ll respond as soon as we can.


over 2 years ago

One week to go!

Whew, it’s the home stretch! There’s only one week left to submit your solution. Submissions are due June 15 before 5pm ET. Find out what time that is in your city.

Questions?

We’re here to help. If you have any questions about the challenge, post on the discussion forum or email support@challengepost.com and we’ll respond as soon as we can.


over 2 years ago

Two weeks to go, submit early!

There are two weeks left in PACT’s Wayfinding Challenge! Submissions are due June 15 before 5pm ET. Find out what time that is in your city.

If you haven’t already started a draft, please do so now. And if you’ve just joined us, read the Quick-Start guide and take a look at the Resources page.

Submission checklist

Before you say “ship it,” make sure you run through this list:

  • Have you explained how your app works, what it does, and how it helps visitors & members of the UPenn community navigate the campus & Philadelphia?

  • Have you created…

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over 2 years ago

All Over the Map

What’s up, wayfinders? We heard about a conference you may be interested in: State of the Map US 2015 is happening June 6-8 in New York. There will be a series of talks about OpenStreetMap, open source, and innovative mapping techniques.

And for students there’s a special discount: use the coupon code NyCoSm2015 to get 40% off the $150 ticket price. Registration ends June 1.  

BTW, on Sunday, there will be several workshops and hacking time. So bring your laptop and get a leg up on your app!

 


over 2 years ago

Three weeks to go, start your draft now!

There are three weeks left in PACT’s Wayfinding Challenge! Beat the deadline rush by getting your submission ready early. Submissions are due June 15 before 5pm ET. Find out what time that is in your city.

If you haven’t already started a draft, you should do it now. And if you’re just getting started, read the official rules and follow the Quick-Start guide.

Questions?

We’re here to help. If you have any questions about the challenge, post on the discussion forum or email support@challengepost.com and we’ll respond as soon as we can.


over 2 years ago

Reminder, Office hours 5/26 at 1pm ET

Don't forget, our live hangout with PACT and the Wayfinding App Challenge sponsor UPenn is this Tuesday, May 26th at 1pm ET. RSVP HERE


over 2 years ago

Live Hangout 5/26 @ 1pm ET

Learn more about PACT's Wayfinding and Healthcare App Challenges at our Google Hangout on May 26th at 1pm ET. Get tips on succeeding and ask the sponsors any questions you have about the challenges.

RSVP HERE


over 2 years ago

One month left, start your draft now

There is one month left in PACT’s Wayfinding Challenge. Submissions are due June 15 before 5pm ET.

Start your draft now

Starting a draft is a good way to make sure that your solution meets the requirements. There’s nothing worse than getting to the deadline, only to realize that you’re missing a key component. And remember: once you begin a draft, you can save and edit it at any time prior to the submission deadline.

Prepare your video

Don’t forget, your submission must include a video demonstrating your solution and how it will help visitors, students, and faculty at the

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over 2 years ago

How’s it going? We’re half way there!

Thank you for participating in PACT’s Wayfinding Challenge! We’re excited to see what you’ve been working on. The submission period is half over, so we thought it’d be a good time to check in.

There’s still plenty of time to get your submission in before the deadline. For those of you who haven’t gotten started yet check out the Quick-Start guide.

Questions?

We’re here to help. If you have any questions about the challenge, post on the discussion forum or email support@challengepost.com and we’ll respond as soon as we can.


over 2 years ago

We're partnering with Mapzen

Greetings, wayfinders! We’ve got an exciting announcement—we’re partnering with Mapzen, the open-source mapping lab, for this challenge. Mapzen has a great library of mapping and geodata tools you can incorporate into your app. It’s not required, but we think it’s pretty cool!

Here are a few ways to boost your app with Mapzen:

  • Pelias is a modular, open-source, and very efficient geocoder powered by ElasticSearch.
  • Tangram is a flexible mapping engine, designed for real-time rendering of 2D and 3D maps.
  • Metro Extracts are city-sized portions of the OpenStreetMap database, served up weekly.
  • Mapzen provides a free & open Vector

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over 2 years ago

Mark your calendars!

Get your planners out. Our live finalist and winners announcement event is coming up next month. If you haven’t started your app yet, it’s time to kick it into high gear.

When: June 29, from 5-8pm ET

Where: The Independence Blue Cross Innovation Center at 1700 Market Street, 7th floor, Philadelphia, PA.

Remember, if your submission is chosen as one of the 4 finalists you’ll be asked to present your submission live at the event in-person or virtually (but we hope you can come!). If you’re not named as a finalist we’d still love to see you - and we’re…

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over 2 years ago

Put the “way” in wayfinding

Not quite sure how to approach your wayfinding app? Not entirely sure what wayfinding is? Don’t worry, we’re here to help!

What is wayfinding?

Wayfinding refers to information systems that guide people through a physical environment and enhance their understanding and experience of the space.

Wayfinding is particularly important in complex built environments such as urban centers, healthcare and educational campuses, and transportation facilities. As architectural environments become more complicated, people need visual cues such as maps, directions, and symbols to help guide them to their destinations. In these often high-stress environments, effective wayfinding systems contribute to a sense of…

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over 2 years ago

Making a great submission video

We know you’re focused on coding right now, but don’t forget about your submission video. It’s often the first thing that judges and voters review.

A good video tells the story behind your submission, providing a clear and concise explanation of what your solution is and does. Here are some tips and a list of screencasting tools:

  • Establish your elevator pitch. In the first few seconds of your video, explain why your solution is awesome. You can get into the details of how it works later on in the video, but treat the opening seconds of your video as…

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over 2 years ago

Quick-Start Guide

Thanks for joining the PACT Wayfinding App Challenge. You're officially registered now and we’ll be sending you regular updates throughout the challenge.

Submissions are due June 15, 2015 at 5pm ET. Here's how you can get started:

  1. Plan your attack. Review the challenge requirements and Resources page.
  2. Visit Philadelphia's Open Data and Open API Portals for access to property, 311, crime, finance, and even more civic data.
  3. Get a head start on your submission. Fill out the basics of your submission and save it as a draft today. This will give you a good idea of what you'll need…

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