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I've been looking for youan app of Madison's most wanted.  City of Madison field personnel most likely run into these people on a regular basis (BI, Metro, Streets, Sec8, etc).  Think about all the apartment mgrs that could also use this app.  Sure, the Most Wanted is in the paper...but many don't get the paper, or have it handy when they think they've seen somebody.  Also, have links for Dane County & FBI most wanted.​Refer to Madison Police and CrimeStoppers for comment and data.
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Brrrr! It's freezingAn app for cold cases in Madison.  They're called cold cases for a reason.  Leads are exhausted.  The bad folks are still out there walking around.  We can help.  People love to solve puzzles...they're in every daily newspaper.  We all played Clue when we were younger...maybe some still do.  Anyway, the collective thought of Madison could help.  The app could have a link with all the newspaper articles and another with the stuff that the Police would supply.  It's a cold case....I would think this would bring a new interest to each miserable event and perhaps take a cold case and make it hot again.​Refer to Madison Police for comment
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Audilble VoyeurismI know there are bunches of apps out there in the ether for listening in on Police & Fire calls but I don't know if they are the best quality.  How about an app for just the Madison and surrounding area.  Our app could also include a link for the Police Blotter and......?​Refer to Madison Police and Madison Fire for comment. Submitter admits there are apps out there already.
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Local Business appSort by category (food, clothing etc.) & location and see locally owned businesses.​
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Metro Supervisor's AppAllowing Metro Supervisors who are out on the road to locate a driver, bus, or run.   ​Different from the apps available to customers, this would allow searching by driver name, bus #, or run #.Refer to Metro for data
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Vacant House InventoryForeclosures and vacant buildings are a blight on every city.  They can easily bring down a neighborhood or even a whole city (Detroit).  You can look in the newspaper for the Dane County Sheriffs sale listing but jeepers...they're not very readable.  Less and less people are reading the newspaper.  The only folks even looking at this data right now are secretive investors that don't want anybody to know about the process.  Let's shine the light on this. 
How about an app that just lists the basics (in an easily readable format): Address, # of units, price, who owns it, a contact number, maybe a picture from Google Maps?
The quicker we can get these sold and occupied the better for Madison and the neighborhood.  It will also help the real estate folks too.  They may have the listing on some of them.  Also, Building Inspection has a new Ordinance requiring registration of them.  Perhaps that could be tapped somehow.​
BI will be registering abandoned and foreclosed properties; it will be up to BI to release data.
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Transit - bus crowdingJust as there is a way to see how crowded a highway is, there should be a way to find out how crowded buses are. That way, if I have 5 buses coming by in the next 5 minutes on University Ave., I can pick the one the that has seats. Passengers using bus apps could agree to have their boarding and alighting on buses tracked to help do this.​Metro will need to provide data.
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Forest App - what is the tree in the right away?App that shows Forestry dataParks will need to provide data.
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Metro alerts for visually impairedVisually impaired passengers using Metro sometimes have difficulty determining when to signal the driver to stop the bus at their destination. An app using GPS that tracks the vehicle’s (or passenger’s) position might be able to notify the passenger when they are within a specified distance of their bus stop and that they should “pull the cord” to signal they want to get off the bus. The “favorite” bus stops could be identified by the user in advanceWill need to have Metro provide the data feed.
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Library Computer UseAbility to view real-time availability of publicly accessible internet computers at all 9 libraries, and to make reservations for the computers via mobile device. (Note: the Library utilizes an application that is part of the Telus Library Online suite; we don’t use Library Online’s other products.)Would be best if Library worked with the vendor that provides this so that the app will be supported and survive changes and upgrades and properly integrate with the back end system
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Library Shelf LocationAbility for patrons to be able to receive shelf location via text when they looking for books within a location. For instance, when a patron with a cellular (but not smart) phone looks up a book online and clicks "sent me location via text," they receive a text and can go retrieve item.Library will need to provide near real-time data feeds. Need to build business rules, what if someone else checks it out before the patron gets there?
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Library Reading SuggestionAn app that automatically provides reading suggestions based on what a library patron has checked out, along with the ability to then reserve the item with one touch. The idea is inspired by this: http://www.thedigitalshift.com/tag/novelist/Need to work with SCLS for data so it can be analyzed.
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Library Dewey NumberAn app that would allow library patrons to connect a subject to a Dewey number.Library will need to provide data.
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Idea GenerationThe City of Oakland is doing some interesting work around an idea mapping tool that allows citizens to post IDEAS that correspond with specific spaces/locations. It's an interesting engagement tool and different from the fix a pothole/report a crime model. www.engageoakland.comPlacemaking, will need to coordinate with various agencies.
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Wow! You really hang with the upper crust don't you?An app that has pictures of Madison's well-known locations (or you can use any location where you are).  Then you click on a list of famous people and choose from the likes of: Tom Cruise, Mayor Soglin, Mother Teresa, Einstein, Bart Simpson, etc.  Voila!  The person you chose now shows up in front of the Madison location ready for you to tak a picture.  Now you have somebody take your picture with the famous person in front of the Madison location of your choice....
not a useful app but a fun one using Madison as the backdrop.​
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hey...I can do thatAn app for employees that lists their hobbies or skills that could be used by others.  I am completely amazed at my co-workers and all the skills that they have; from: bookbinding, guitar making, baking, carpentry, parking lot striping, members in a band, web site design, editing, word processing, pamphlet making, blah blah blah.  I could go on and on and on.  How about an app for people that need some help or service that a City employee could provide.  Not so much for the public (liability issues), but for our coworkers.​See Dane County Timebank at danecountytimebank.org and United Way at volunteeryourtime.org
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Madison Tsunami & Earthquake Early Warning SystemOK.  So this is a fun one.  We all know there's no worry of tsunami's in Madison but did you know the ground is 'a-movin'.  So, this app will show the seismic activity (preferably on a larger scale graph so it looks like we're really movin' around) in the Madison area.  How about also adding a lake level link or air quality link for Madison or other interesting factoids that change regularly....​
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Factoid' MapAn interactive map that shows where interesting things happened, or are happening, in Madison.  Where people lived, where things were invented, where Elvis broke up a fight etc.  It would be simelar to the map that the Isthmus puts in the Annual Manual each year.  This would be fun and educational for tourists and residents alike.  Maybe even have a place where people could submit their own factiods to be vetted by staff and incuded, if verified.​
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Lake App...for boaters & fishing.  It would show lake levels, flow rate at Yahara river, Tenney lock hours etc., depth maps, boat launches, fishing 'Hot Spots' etc.   ​
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Services' for the destitute appShelters, food pantries, etc.  (Even if the persons involved do not have a smart phone, others around do and could potentially direct them to services.)​United Way does this, but very poorly, and there are far more successful models. http://www.rightservicefl.org/ has received many accolades, and apparently allows providers to update their offerings on the fly (e.g. a shelter can update their number of beds currently available).

FYI, I searched the United Way database for "shelter" for a male in zipcode 53703, and (after scrolling to Transitional Housing/Shelter for Males) was directed to Beloit --http://www.referweb.net/uwdc/MatchList.aspx?k53703;Madison,%20WI;31883;;M;0;30452;Transitional%20Housing/Shelter%20*%20Males;shelter
Refer to United Way of Dane County, they already provide this service.
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I've got a problem....An app so that you can submit your problem to the Madison consciousness and I'll bet you'll get a solution...
...how can I stop my brakes from squeaking?
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I need youAn app whereby a person could choose a volunteer activity for the day, the hour, or.....?  I would think there might be an app out there already?
Non-profits, churches, etc. could submit their needs and then you could click on the activity and sign up for it.  All in one place.
...paint a door for disabled person
...serve food at a shelter
...drive a senior citizen to the mall
stuff like that.​
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Sometimes things don't always work out for usHindus do it.  Muslims do it. Christians do it.  Atheists do it.  New Age'ers do it.  Most of us do it in our own way.  We pray for people or we help people or send positive out thoughts to people.
Where you work right now, I guarantee that their are people that have lost a loved one, have financial problems, are sick or have a disease, are lonely. 
Create an app where people can list concerns in their lives and the Madison populous can pray for them, send them positive mojo or karma, or just think about them in a positive way.
Pray for the innocent people in Syria, my sister-in-law has muscular dystrophy, my co-worker is in foreclosure.
We all need help.  Let's let people realize they are not alone.
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Apps to help people in needThe homeless are in the news a lot lately and nobody knows what to do.  The simplistic answer is: feed them, house them, clothe them, educated them, get them a job and make sure they're healthy.  In reality it can be difficult to address all those solutions but we can address some.  
Each Sunday there is a local financial planning company that advertises their wealth in the newspaper.  They manage $900mil.  Next month they now manage $1bill.  Now they manage $1.4bill.  I sure hope they can make it to a $trillion.  Advertising works, that's why they do it.  So let's advertise...but let's do it by personalizing.  Personalized advertising really works well.  What is it?  It's pictures or videos of the sad looking puppy that is now at the Humane Society, the poor kids in some unknown country with the sewage running in the background, that kind of stuff.
Well, let's do some apps for Madison's homeless.  Here's the first one:
Take me out to eat app.  Agencies enter the background info of a man, woman or child (perhaps even a picture but not necessary) and you can either give a small amount so that they can go to a restaurant and get a good meal...or the better option....you actually meet the person at the restaurant and sit down with them and break bread with them and talk to them. 
Brrrrr.  It's cold out here app.  Churches and other organizations do this type of stuff all the time; however, they don't personalize it.  We can!
Ex: Susan is 32 years old and she is a mother of 3.  She's lived in the shelter for 3 weeks and is going for a job interview but does not have any decent clothes for the interview.  Susan needs a new dress.  Send or drop off no more than $35 to 'XYZ non-profit' in her name.  Hey....if you can take her to the interview that would be great too!
Clothe a Kid app.  Similar to the above apps.  You choose a Madison child from a list of pictures (just like the ads on TV for kids in foreigh countries) and sign up to....kind of adopt them...but you could get as deep as you want to (clothes, activities, write letters to them, etc...).
The company I told you about in the begining of this tirade could probably help a lot of people right now in Madison (and they may very well be doing that now), but the solutions to our problems need more attention from all of us.
There once was a pastor of a financially troubled church.  One Sunday, he told his flock that he had good news and bad news.  The good news was that they had enough money to pay for all the work of the church, meet payroll and all the building repairs & maintenance for the next year.  Everybody cheered and were ecstatic.  He then told them the bad news.  The bad news was, the money to do all of this was still in their pockets.
We're all in this together whether you believe it or not.
Refer to United Way of Dane County, they already provide this service.
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Adopt a College StudentSometimes Churches and organizations come up with great ways to help people.  Here's a good one that one Church in Madison is doing but there is no reason that Madison can't get behind it.
Help a college student out.  Invite them over to your home so that they can do their laundry for free​....no more looking for quarters to feed the machine.  Maybe invite them over for a home cooked meal once a month.  Perhaps give them a ride somewhere.  Be a local contact in case they need somebody or have questions about stuff.
Many college students in town come to Madison from far away.  A home setting would be nice once in awhile.
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Vacant House InventoryForeclosures and vacant buildings are a blight on every city.  They can easily bring down a neighborhood or even a whole city (Detroit).  You can look in the newspaper for the Dane County Sheriffs sale listing but jeepers...they're not very readable.  Less and less people are reading the newspaper.  The only folks even looking at this data right now are secretive investors that don't want anybody to know about the process.  Let's shine the light on this. 
How about an app that just lists the basics (in an easily readable format): Address, # of units, price, who owns it, a contact number, maybe a picture from Google Maps?
The quicker we can get these sold and occupied the better for Madison and the neighborhood.  It will also help the real estate folks too.  They may have the listing on some of them.  Also, Building Inspection has a new Ordinance requiring registration of them.  Perhaps that could be tapped somehow.​
BI will be registering abandoned and foreclosed properties; it will be up to BI to release data.
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When do the Badgers PlayMaybe there's an app for this already.  Sorry, if there is.  When I want to see when the Badgers (or Packers, or Brewers, or Cubs) play, I go to my phone, go to the UW website (or Packers....etc) and find out when they play.
How about an app that just has the Madison playtime (not Eastern Daylight or Mountain Time.....), location, who they play, etc.  without having to go to different websites.
All in one location (not 3 or 4 different links on my phone)​.  Heck, you could include all pro sports and college sports too....all from one app.
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Organic MadisonWhen I drive around town I always see signs about farmers markets here or there...today or tomorrow.  How about an app that easily lists them along with information and maps about our community gardens, and also include local farms that allow you to go to and buy direct from the growers.
Heck, you could even include days and locations of the food desert carts if you want to (not always organic though).
"Whenever you come across a fork in the road, put some food on it and eat"​
See reapfoodgroup.org.
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Voice Out MadisonMore now than ever before, people are frustrated and want to voice their opinions….about everything. The economy, Obama, Governor Walker, abortion, Syria, etc. All have perceived solutions to the world’s problems and they want you to listen…they just want to air out their frustrations. There is a site called Reddit that is very similar to what I am talking about but we could take the format and make a City of Madison app……’VoiceOut Madison’ or ‘Madison Shout’ or ‘Madison SolveIt’.
There are lots of examples where this is already taking place..here’s another: you read a news blip on Channel 3000.com and there is always folks writing in at the end of the article. Read an article in the Wisconsin State Journal and there are always people writing in about some of the articles.
Let’s just do an app and just make it a ‘Madison’ app.
The app would have categories that people could click on….Religion, Politics, Medical, Companies, War, Drugs, etc. After you click on a category, there could be sub-categories..like:
Main Category: WAR
Sub-Category: Syria
And further subs…Chemical Weapons, Assad, Israel, etc.
You could go as far as you want with the categories or just supply the Main Category and let the people work off of that.
You could also target Madison categories..say: Mayor Soglin, Aldermen, Light Rail, Park Street Corridor, East Washington Development, Crimes on the West Side, Bike Trails, etc.
I guarantee that you will get a running dialogue in each category. People just want to voice out their opinions and solutions…it makes people feel better.
The app could turn into a Madison problem solver….How can we stop crime on the West Side, etc.? and see what the Madison smart folks can come up with. After all, it is arrogant to think that only Aldermen and the Mayor can solve problems.
As an adjunct to the primary reason for the site, we could include a YES/NO question at the end of each person’s discussion…example: SHOULD MAYOR SOGLIN RUN FOR ANOTHER TERM ( )Yes ( )No
This would add a nice dimension into the field of poll taking. Using the example above, wouldn’t Mayor Soglin like to see what the collective answer would be. Isn’t that what pollsters do?


Anyway, here’s an example of the final product for the Madison App
I choose a topic from the list of topics (West Side Madison Crime Problems)
…and now I write what I think…(this is imaginary and not what I really think so keep that in mind)
I’m tired of seeing the West Side of Madison in the paper all the time. Do we really think that putting a neighborhood center is going to stop crime? Maybe they should build a Police Station on the street. Let’s stop the problem at the border not after more people are hurt.
Now at the bottom of the screen is a Yes/No question that does not necessarily have to pertain to the topic I chose. It could just be a question-of-the-day thing??
…here it is…
Should the U.S. invade Syria? ( )Yes ( x )No

We have now accomplished 2 things. Given an outlet for people to vent and took a poll on a topic.

We don’t want to compete with something that is already out there, but we can certainly personalize this app for Madison. In fact, on Reddit, you could start a ‘Madison’ topic, but our goal here is to make a Madison app.
Talk it up Madison.
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Literacy & HealthSome sort of fitness/public health/literacy tool for families to track reading, nutrition and physical activity in line with recommended benchmarks set by the Library, public health, Parks, etc. Something like http://balancedapp.com/ is a starting point, but Madison-specific components could include event/program integration (a 10K walk this weekend, the Library’s adult or teen summer reading program, etc), unlocking Parks badges for each one visited, Madison trail maps with tracking of those traversed, etc.
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Historic An augmented reality app that would allow people to share content (photos, stories, etc) related to historical events or public spaces that could display as interpretive information for people visiting the sites. http://www.germantracesnyc.org/ is a great model for this. A browser-based iteration is the “share” portion of www.columbusneighborhoods.org Perhaps creative content could be tied to information about events at parks, city venues and libraries to create a link between dynamic real-life events and digital content?
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Patron Travel PatternsI would like to be able to, using Google Maps data and UW Bus App, know what patrons travel patterns to MPL locations. For instance, which locations are used the most by patrons riding Metro.
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Library Management DashboardLibrary management Dashboards: https://www.box.com/s/3lzmewraidwhgsir3dte
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