Mobilecitizen
Describe the problem that you want to address. How does this problem effect people in their daily lives?

Mobile technology, including everything from inventive applications for smart phones to simple text messaging, is increasingly ubiquitous in the developing world and holds great potential for impact in areas such civic engagement, especially in the democratic republic of Congo where people don't have access to internet at home but become increasily connect through mobile phones. In 2000, there were just 16.5 million mobile phone subscriptions in Africa. Now, there are about 700 million, and the number of people on the continent with access to mobile phones exceeds the number with access to clean water. Civic engagement is crucial to the promotion of democracy, transparency and good governance. Factors that are important to the development of a city, a community or a country. In the democratic republic of Congo, it is very difficult to authorities to get feedback from people due to lack of infrastructures, human resources and financial resouces. However, with the development of mobile technology and the high rate of mobile phones penetration (32%); our technology Mobilecitizen provides an unprecedent solution to help authorities get feedback, Mobilecitizen allows authorities to build a survey that sounds like a conversation and to better gathered data from people.

Describe your proposed solution – How does your approach build on or add to more traditional ways of dealing with problem?

It's a mobile application that gives people in a community real-world prompts to answer questions about important issues in their city. But instead of asking people to mail in a survey, responses are handled through mobile phones. Mobilecitizen aims to give a boost to civic engagement through a suite of technology tools that allow people to give feedback on community issues. For instance, our local authorities is trying to figure out what to do with a problem of water distribution. Using Mobilecitizen, the authorithies could craft a series of short survey questions using a web interface. Flyers throughout cities would direct people to a number to text responses to the survey. Using Mobilecitizen’s web dashboard, the authorities would also be able to track and graph responses.

Which technologies are you planning to use and why? Please make reference to other similar uses of your proposed technology.

Mobilecitizen is an innovative mobile based application that turns the survey into a kind of conversation. After user text his initial response, users are sent a new question, and the survey begins to resemble the kind of texting back-and-forth you might have with a friend who is really into public policy. So, I will develop a mobile application that allows authorities to send to people surveys and to people to respond to the survey by texting their answerrs and the survey are turned into a kind of conversation to make it real-time application. Web surveys aren’t new technology, but Mobilecitizen takes an interesting mobile-centric twist by turning the survey into a kind of conversation(chat). After texting their initial response, users are sent a new question, and the survey begins to resemble the kind of texting back-and-forth you might have with a friend who is really into public policy.