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Congress Watch for Windows 8

Last year, as I set out to explore the Windows Store app dev ecosystem, I pondered what my first project would be.  On the Windows Phone platform, my first app was a diary app called Easy Diary, which has done very well (but is in need for some Windows Phone 8 upgrade magic).  It was also a few months before the Presidential elections, so I figured, why not create something that would help folks like you and I keep tabs on what is going on in Washington.  So Congress Watch was born.

 

Congress Watch is a gateway to detailed information about your elected U.S. Congressional officials. A great way to learn about those who represent you in Congress.
With profile details, news feeds, and videos, become an informed and active citizen between elections and different sessions of Congress.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Basic Information
List of all legislators, including member first and last name, title, and political party affiliation.

Contact Information
Official website link, member contact form, Washington, DC office address, telephone, and fax numbers.

Legislative activity
Included are up-to-date news, and YouTube videos for Congress members. 

Bonus Features
Live tiles for congress members which display current news and allow users to launch directly to the legislator profile page within the app. Search for legislators, and Share with your family and friends.

This app was built using the Open Congress and Sunlight Labs API’s, but is currently not endorsed by either party.

 

So if you are at all interested in finding out what our folks up in Congress are doing (or not doing), then please check out my app.  Click the image below to download Congress Watch from the Windows Store.

P.S. Version 2 is already in the works and promises to deliver an improved user experience and a more organized wealth of information (along with a few premium features).  Any suggestions/ideas are most welcome.

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Amber Central wins Microsoft State/Local Govt App contest

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In December,  Microsoft launched the Windows Phone Government Apps Contest for state and local government partners to create and submit apps to be deployed into immediate production.

With the recent launch of the new Windows Phone, this contest provided an excellent opportunity for partners, developers, and hobbyists to showcase their skills by creating a Windows Phone application that meets real world needs of citizens or government customers.

Through this effort, a good mix of apps came about, that facilitates citizen engagement, increase transparency and improve access to government services—all while improving the customer experience for citizens and productivity for government employees.

The final deliberations have been made, and at the 2011 US Public Sector CIO Summit the contest judges announced the winning entries.  50 app entries were accepted, and only 10 were chosen.   And yours truly was on that favored list.

Thanks to Microsoft for hosting this competition, and if you are interested in developing for the Windows Phone 7 platform, Microsoft has launched another apps contest for Health and Life Sciences.  Click here for more info.

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