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Could mobile apps correct Tech Valley civic and social struggles?

AT&T is hoping that by working with are businesses, universities and tech organizations, it will be possible.

AT&T has now partnered up with Tech Valley universities, organizations, and businesses in its launch of the “AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge”, in which it is seeking to pair up with innovative thinkers and creators that can come up with mobile apps that will be able to address and overcome local issues – particularly those on a social and civic level.

The challenge will continue for two months and it will end with the awarding of a total of $18,000 in cash prizes.

The goal is to encourage designers, thinkers, developers, artists, and businesspeople to come up with ways to “Solve Local” through the creation and development of innovative mobile apps. Those applications need to help with societal and civic issues that are being faced by people in the greater Tech Valley community. Among the partners in this challenge are: the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; the University at Albany; Center for Economic Growth affiliate, TechConnex; Tech Valley Mobile Developers Network; New York BizLab; Hudson Valley Tech Meetup; Saratoga TechOUT; Hack Upstate, Beahive; and Accelerate 518.

The hope is that the mobile apps that will result will inform citizens and engage them with their governments.

Mobile Apps - Tech Valley New YorkIn this way, it could help to illustrate exactly how mobile applications and technologies can make a difference, and will accelerate the development of a new wave of tech jobs and investments as companies seek to get on the bandwagon once the effectiveness of this technology has been shown.

According to the AT&T New York president, Marissa Shorenstein, “AT&T’s commitment to technology innovation in New York grows out of our company’s multi-billion dollar nationwide investment in the mobile communications network of the future.” She also added that by providing both students and career technologists with encouragement within the region for the exploration of smartphone software development, they are also “spotlighting the enormous demand for developers and engineers needed to create the software that will drive our mobile economy.”

The mobile apps challenge was launched in front of over 200 entrepreneurs and technologists from the region and will continue until May 1.

Mobile game developers to receive funding assistance

Think Gaming is using science data to determine which mobile games it should fund.

The startup began its Scouting Reports service in February of this year and the purpose of this service is to help mobile game developers transform their freemium apps and games into highly successful products by making funds available to developers.

Funding gives developers independence and game ownership.

Scouting Reports is an app analyzer. It compares apps to information from other applications. It finds out what an app is doing right and will also point out areas that need improvement. Having this information is highly useful to those involved in mobile app development because it lets them know where they are succeeding and what they can do to make their product better.

More specifically, Scouting Reports compares mobile games to data from over 5,000 other titles in the mobile gaming industry. It measures key metrics connected with “predictable success”. This includes monetization, anticipated longevity, user retention and market size.

Think Gaming has recently announced that mobile game developers who have scored well on the firm’s Scouting Reports may be eligible to receive funds. The funds would be given in the form of a loan and are to be utilized for user acquisition expansion and company growth. Developers who take the funds will be able to maintain ownership of their games and their independence.

Mobile Game Developers - FundingThink Gaming Co-Founder Tim Ogilvie said, “We provide funding designed for a modern independent developer: the money games need to scale their user acquisition campaigns, without the one-size-fits-all nature of a publishing model that’s past its prime.”

Mobile game developers receive funding based on positive Scouting Reports scores.

In order to be eligible for funding, a developer must have their game processed via the Scouting Report service. The game must achieve a minimum report score of 700 for the developer to qualify and apply for the loan. The higher the score an applicant achieves, the more funds are available to them.

This funding method provided by Think Gaming means that mobile game developers can avoid venture capital firms and publishers that could want more in return for their financial assistance.