We now have pocket computers that are more powerful than desktop computers that cost thousands more just a few years ago.
And it is so ubiquitous that 90% of 18-29 year olds even sleep with their smartphones! That's why when we reimagined the Payphone, we knew that the smartphone will play an integral role in the design.
But because of the mobile app burnout phenomenon and being NYCBigApps veterans, we also knew that it takes more than just having a NYCDataWell API.
Thus, we imagined the NYCDataWell Launcher App. It doesn't seek to be the one app to rule them all, rather, we imagined a Launcher app with its own Notification API that allowed smartphone developers, even amateur civic hackers, to surface contextual, categorized actionable information to the user.
When the user then selects to get more information about the notification, the Launcher invokes the relevant application.
We were so compelled with the idea that we even created a prototype. Check it out!