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Developing Mobile Apps from Idea to Launch: Case Study

Anna Jaeger, Caravan Studios
Keith Thode, Aidmatrix

Meeting Description:

Want to create a mobile app for your nonprofit or library? Then this is the webinar for you.

From developing the initial idea, to the process of developing and launching an app, TechSoup's very own Anna Jaeger and Keith Thode, COO of Aidmatrix, will share their experience of creating the SafeNight app for domestic violence service organizations.

When an individual is in urgent need of shelter, a qualified staff member at a domestic violence service organization can initiate a request for hotel room funding. Supporters who have downloaded SafeNight will receive a notification that an individual is in need and have an opportunity to immediately cover the cost of the hotel room. Crowdfunding safe housing for communities in need.

Anna and Keith will share how the app idea came about, what the process looked like for engaging the community, creating the design, partnering with for-profit companies and nonprofit developers, and soft launching in the Marketplace earlier this month. You'll come away with some key steps in the process, some best practices and pitfalls to avoid, and a look at the inside of creating an app for social good.

If your nonprofit, charity, or library is interested in creating your own app, join us to learn more about TechSoup's Caravan Studios process for creating SafeNight and other apps. You can check out the concept paper to give you ideas for where to begin with an app for your organization.

You can also learn more about apps for social change with resources from TechSoup.

Date: Thu, Jul 11, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM PDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Becky Wiegand
 Presenter Information
Anna Jaeger
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Anna Jaeger, the CTO of Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup Global, and her team create technology solutions, such as mobile apps, that are designed in partnership with nonprofit and community-focused organizations to meet the needs of their constituents. Prior to her work on Caravan Studios, Ms. Jaeger was the director of TechSoup Global’s IT Engineering department for five years, leading the group that implemented and maintained all enterprise software and websites. Ms. Jaeger has previously held positions in IT consulting, medical research and has been the treasurer of the board for a small California nonprofit.

Keith Thode
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Mr. Thode is the COO and CTO and leads the daily operations of Aidmatrix, after serving in consulting and leadership roles in major technology firms like Accenture and i2 Technologies. As COO he governs business development, technology research and production, constituent relations, marketing and development, programming and systems management. He has been a founding force, building Aidmatrix since its foundation in 2001.

Becky Wiegand
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Becky is an interactive events producer at TechSoup Global, where she hosts webinars, creates interactive media and content, and writes on a variety of technology topics for nonprofits and public libraries. Prior to joining TechSoup, Becky was on staff at a variety of small nonprofit organizations based in Washington, DC and Oakland, CA, where she was frequently the "accidental techie" trying to make technology decisions for her offices.