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Thank you Bremley! We will check out other ideas on the platform to provide feedback and for collaboration. Let us know if there are areas in our application we can strengthen to address the evaluation criteria. Thank you! Meena

Hello Manik,
Nice to meet you! Yes, we have been contacted on acquiring visas and tickets to attend the Bootcamp in Kenya. I will let them know you have not received communication from them. Perhaps they have an invalid email address for you? Can you contact them directly ( you can message Chioma, Rob, or Kati) and let them know? I will also let them know. Thanks! Meena

Thank you Chioma for your feedback and questions!

User Feedback: We are constantly conducting user feedback studies, through one on one interviews, focus groups, online feedback surveys, and through email surveys. We have conducted over 200 surveys with urban poor users. We undertook a huge pivot early on in our project. We originally launched as a platform for users to share information on prices paid for water from private water vendors. Our users said they wanted to share a broader range of information. So, after testing two different directions with our users, they universally chose the hyperlocal resilience network direction. We went back into prototyping and development and relaunched AtmaGo as a hyperlocal resilience network. This received significant traction, with monthly average user growth of 44% and social media requests that we launch in new cities.

Since we are constantly conducting user feedback we are also constantly iterating and improving our product. We found out that some of our user's phones were not able to use some of the Javascript functionality in our user interface, so they were not able to use the app. We then had to develop code to detect whether the phone could read Javascript, and then serve up either a javascript or non-javascript version. We also relaunched with a new design to make it easier to post, respond, and get to a neighborhood. Recently, our users have been requesting an Android app, and also connections with agencies to resolve problems. These are our new areas of focus.

Convenings: We regularly convene our users for a variety of reasons. We partner with community based organizations to present AtmaGo at their events and build more users. We also conduct contests on AtmaGo to build users. For example our last contest was to post a video about "What I love about my neighborhood." We received over 30 entries, and we conducted convenings to give out prizes in two cities. We also conduct convenings to get feedback from our users about our product and new product directions. We are always seeking opportunities to get feedback. 

Status of Android App and Staffing: We are currently conducting user feedback surveys on features in the Android App, and are currently conducting strategic review of different directions for the Android product. These will both feed into a product requirements document which we are in the process of creating right now. We have already identified the front end developer for the Android App, and will continue to use our excellent Indonesian UI/UX designer, and  incredible back end developer who can connect the back end databases for the mobile web and the Android apps. Our Indonesian field team is ready and excited about launching the Android App, because they have heard first hand from so many of our users that this is what they most want. We will need to add a Product manager to help ramp up production on the Android App early next year.

Support: Cisco Foundation funded the initial development of AtmaGo in 2014, and has been very pleased with the results and traction we’ve achieved. In October 2015, Cisco Foundation led our next round of funding, and they would like additional partners to move this project into a new phase. Since then, we've also received contributions from three major donors who have been excited by the potential and reach of AtmaGo.
In our next phase, growth funding will allow us to launch AtmaGo in new geographies, develop an Android app, integrate emergency warnings, and reach 100,000 urban poor users to give them the tools they need to share solutions, create economic opportunities, and leverage existing knowledge and resources that exist in their communities.

We view poor and vulnerable people not as objects, but as agents in change. We know that mobile technology can create a new path to empower people in the developing world and beyond. We look forward to working with IDEO to radically reimagine how development work is done, and create the first billion user tech non profit.

Thank you again!