Innovative Mobile Planning Apps Challenge


Sunday, April 3, 2016
2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. CDT

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Emerging professionals will present their ideas for web-based and mobile apps. A panel of technology experts and planning practitioners will evaluate the proposals and presentations, ask questions, and select a winner. The audience will also have an opportunity to vote for the popular choice award. The winner will receive a cash award for development of the app. 

Criteria to evaluate the winning proposal include: 

  • Originality: An original web tool or mobile application that advances the planning profession; does not duplicate existing apps or apps under development.
  • Implementation: The application's ability to be successfully deployed in a planning process with available consumer grade mobile technology (i.e. mobile phones/tablets with camera, GPS/location services, Internet connectivity).
  • Functionality and Use: Ease of use by the public and/or planners; addresses a clearly defined need; value in participatory planning processes; usefulness as a tool for planning analysis.
  • Quality of Presentation: Overall presentation of the proposal.

This fast paced session will engage the audience and highlight new ideas from emerging professionals.

You’ll learn about:

  • Innovative web and mobile application ideas for the planning profession
  • Engaging emerging professionals in developing applications
  • How to critically evaluate the effectiveness and feasibility of technology applications


James Castaneda, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

James is a land use and airport planner with over 14 years of government experience. Currently a planner with the San Mateo County, his responsibilities affords him numerous opportunities to engage with community stakeholders and government officials on complex community issues to form meaningful and effective conversations. James is also ... Read More

Kathleen McMahon, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Kathleen McMahon, AICP has over 30-years of planning experience working for local governments and in private practice. She is serving on the APA Smart City Task Force and Infrastructure Task Force and is completing research on best practices in planning for smart cities. She is the co-author of the APA ... Read More