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Welcome 2010: iPhone app Election Hub & new site

Welcome, 2010!  It’s been a while since the last post, and the PolicyPitch team has been busy working on several new initiatives!

First, we want to announce the release of our first iPhone application: Election Hub! Election Hub includes up-to-the-minute stats, facts, news and notes on each New Orleans 2010 Mayoral and City Council candidate. Features include candidate bios and platform stances, incoming news articles, campaign finance reports, and twitter feeds.  Election Hub also features an interactive community section where users can comment and sound-off on the candidates, campaign spending, platform stances, and news.  Additionally, Election Hub polls the app’s users once a week on who they would vote for in the Mayoral race.  DOWNLOAD the app for FREE.

Election Hub was launched as a joint venture between PolicyPitch and Susco Solutions.  Susco Solutions is one of the premier mobile development and software companies in the South.  Susco’s expertise and responsiveness was fantastic at all levels.  Check out Susco’s take on Election Hub’s development.  More information on Election Hub here.

Second, the re-design of the PolicyPitch site has been underway for months and is FINALLY nearing completion.  The new site will feature a streamlined look and simplified navigation; easier tools to pitch your policies, the ability to contact local elected officials, and all of the legislative bills from Arizona, California, and Kentucky (with Louisiana coming very soon)!  Shortly thereafter, we will have all of the bills filed by legislators in all 50 states!

Third, check out the “If I Were Mayor” platform developed by HumidBeings.com in partnership with PolicyPitch and Engage Nola.  IIWM allows citizens of New Orleans to post policy ideas for the Mayoral candidates and vote on those ideas!  Check it out.

Overall, this has been a fantastic few months and a great start to 2010!

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Policypitch Coverage in New Orleans

The past few weeks we have received some great press from the New Orleans media.   I wanted to share some of the coverage that we have received.   A lot of it stems from the first bill that we made available for public comment 2 weeks ago, House Bill 638 by Representative Hines.  The Louisiana Legislative session starts today, and Rep. Hines is still seeking public input on the bill.

From WDSU Channel 6 News New Web Site Offers Public Feedback on Proposed Bills:”

The site allows users to communicate directly to their state representatives and communicate with other residents about the issues they care about most.  The web site http://www.policypitch.com is an online forum for introducing and discussing community ideas. Citizens can give input into proposed bills and receive feedback by voting or ranking the ideas in their community.  People who visit the site can also start petitions, accept online donations, and build support for their ideas.

Policypitch was launched by local New Orleanian Zach Kupperman.

And from New Orleans City Business No State Income Tax for Young Adults:”

…Kupperman said his Web site, launched in test form last year and headquartered in New Orleans, is “trying to change the way that the public interacts with their elected officials. Society is moving towards a bottom-up approach to creating public policy. We are entering the era of the community authored wiki bill.”

The Web site will soon offer free legislative tracking for Louisiana and, eventually, the United States.

Also watch the news video from ABC 26 News Tax Break for College Students.”

Check out our press page to check out all of our recent buzz!

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February Policypitch roundup

The Policypitch team accomplished a lot in February.  We advanced in the Tulane Business Plan Competition, our members pitched new policy ideas, and development of our state legislative tracking and public markup continued!  Please sign up for our Beta 2.0 Launch!

Thanks,

Zach

New pitched ideas:

February Web stats:

  • 822 unique visitors
  • 2,220 visits
  • Almost 17,000 page views

Other important info:

  • Policypitch is one step closer to a $20,000 investment; we made it into the semi final round of the Tulane Business Plan Competition! We are still waiting to hear whether we made it to the final round…
  • 7 new blog posts
  • Lots of progress on the development of legislative tracking for all 50 states
  • Development of real time wiki-style editor for public bill markup began
  • Twitter account reached 350 followers.  Check us out @policypitch.com
  • Our partner, SocialActions, launched their Change the Web Challenge

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Signup for the Beta 2.0 Launch!

We are making tons of changes to the existing platform and will be adding some great features in the near future. Our community portal is undergoing maintenance at this time. Please sign up below for the new beta site. We will send you an email when we launch.

Some of the new features we have been secretly working on:

  • Bill tracking and analysis for state legislatures (for free!)
  • Real time wiki-style editor that gives you the ability to edit proposed bills!
  • Enhanced promotional tools

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Policypitch January Roundup

January 2009 was an exciting month for Policypitch.com!

New pitched ideas:

January Web Stats:

  • 1,063 unique visitors.
  • 2,261 visits.
  • Over 19,000 page views.

Other important info:

  • Two new team members joined Policypitch:   William Kelleher and Preston Emory.
  • 10 new blog posts.
  • Titter account launched!  Check us out @policypitch.com
  • Site re-design underway!  New features include legislative tracking, real time statutory editing, collaborative tools, constituent management system, and more!   Please give us feeback on what you want!

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PolicyPitch picked up by SocialActions!

Beginning last week, Social Actions will aggregate your pitched ideas from the PolicyPitch platform!  This new partnership will increase exposure for our members and help connect you to people and resources that will further influence change!

Social Actions’ mission is to “make it easy for you to make a difference,” and does so by helping you find and share opportunities to change the world.

In their own words:

  • First, we collect ways to get involved in the causes you care about from these 30+ action sources, including Care2, Change.org, DonorsChoose.org, DemocracyinAction, GlobalGiving, Idealist, Kiva, SixDegrees and VolunteerMatch.
  • Then, we make it easy for you to find these opportunities by presenting them in a user-friendly search engine.
  • We also encourage nonprofits, companies, and third-party developers to create online tools that help you share ways for others to take action on your website, blog, or mobile device

Check out the PolicyPitch partner page, or search for other opportunities to make a difference!

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Welcome to PolicyPitch.com!

(originally posted August 24, 2008)

We are so excited to finally launch Policypitch.com! The site has been in development for months. Policypitch.com aims to bring the power to change your surroundings—from local policy to introducing new ideas in your community—to the people who live in these communities. By providing the tools to take action, members will exploit the wisdom of the crowd to change their neighborhoods.

Policypitch presents an opportunity to improve meaningful civic engagement and participation. As the internet has evolved, so has democracy. We see Policypitch.com as a true advancement and real compliment to the democratic process.

More Changes are coming! We are working hard every day to update and improve the tools and services. There are a lot of new, exciting developments in the works—so check back frequently! And please email us if you have any suggestions. I also want to thank Anthony Cole at Blutique and Mohit and the Esst Team for helping to get this off the ground.

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