CiviWalk has a long way to go, though it also has come a long way. You see, CiviWalk was born as an idea over seven years ago. Life happened and that idea was taken off the oven, but I never lost sight of the recipe. Originally, CiviWalk was only focused on political campaigns, as I feel this is the most effective way for me to make meaningful social change … ie to empower others with the tools to make change. However, I have broadened this and am aiming at the full scope of CivicEngagement.
I have started the most cursory of application development and have a small amount of code currently. I also have a full install of CiviCRM that will serve as the API basepoint for the app. My intention is to send out invites in late August for Beta Testing. I will also be adding a forum to this site at that time for Beta users and other invited guests.
The first feature to code will be the applications access, on both the CiviCRM side and the ios device side (yes, at least in the beginning this will be an Apple based platform). During this setup, I will be documenting some practices for those administering CiviCRM for their Civic Engagement activities including; Single Sign-On, Social Logins and automating roles in CiviCRM and WordPress.
After that, the core of the application, the Walk portion. We will use CiviCRM to populate our databases and provide geocoding through the robust CiviCampaign module. The CiviWalk application will connect to this and pull a list of nearby contacts to visit as well as the surveys to administer and an interface to guide the interaction. This same feature will also be enabled for petition drives and even “Get Out The Vote” type activities.
Volunteers are an integral part of many Civic actions and CiviWalk will have an interface for recruiting and signing up volunteers.
Other functions include guest credentialing, membership drives etc… but the CiviWalk function will be the core focus for the foreseeable future.