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Apps for Your Health and Helping Others

Posted by Matt Rajkowski on December 20, 2016 5:00 PM EST
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In this post we're highlighting apps with a focus on health and helping others. Please check out our other apps for cities, organizations, education, business, family and fun.

The My Health Group app and its accompanying and integrated web portal applies many of the same concepts to healing patient populations that great sports teams, companies, and other organizations use to drive performance and positive outcomes. Central to our approach is surrounding patients with the people, tools, processes and knowledge they need to flourish.

Accordingly, the My Health Group app advances patient care by empowering them and their teams with capabilities like personalized drug lists, centralized calendars, event reminders, shared photos, issue tracking, Fitbit sharing, and therapist reviews.

See the MyHealth.Group Website for more information

Through the "We Feed US" app donating food to those in need or leading a food pickup effort has never been easier. For donors, you download the app, it alerts and tells you about upcoming pickup events, you push the “check-in” button, then volunteers are notified of your donation. We also show special drop-off locations which are nearby on the interactive calendar. Volunteer pickup teams then deliver it directly to neighborhood food programs like the Foodbank who have expertise in getting it to those in need.

It’s that easy – and if you want to run such a program in your neighborhood, the We Feed US app makes it possible.

In total, the numbers are meaningful: if only 5%-10% of neighbors participate over a large enough area and just a few times per year, it’s many, many extra tons of food for those in need.

See the WeFeed.US Website for more information

Concursive is a leading provider of open technologies in the social, collaborative and mobile software domains. We've published more than 50 apps – for cities and organizations, for health and wellness, for yearly events, and for family and fun. Concursive brings technology and technical involvement, and our customers bring ideas, resources, subject matter expertise and promotion.

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Over the years, organizations have chosen Concursive's social software to enable learning, collaborating, and the sharing of ideas on both web and mobile.

In particular:

  • Connecting neighborhoods to city programs
  • Connecting businesses to government programs
  • Connecting professionals to associations
  • Connecting those in need and those who care to non-profit organizations
  • Connecting attendees to conferences and events
  • Connecting students to entrepreneurial resources
  • Connecting employees, partners and customers to your business
  • Connecting investors to opportunities
  • Connecting participants to environmental efforts
  • Connecting people to their interests… like health and wellness, lifestyle choices, bands and concert venues, festivals, restaurants, fraternities and sororities, science, technology, sports and politics.

Concursive's software has been used to launch hundreds of public and private social networks with over 40 apps on Apple's App Store and Google Play. The one thread in common is that these apps use Concursive's ConcourseConnect and were all built in a matter of days or weeks. Bringing up collaborative social networks quickly is what we do.

Concursive's ConcourseConnect is a robust social business software platform with user profiles, configurable directories, collaboration spaces, and a light-weight API. With ConcourseConnect you never start from scratch – there's an array of features with templates to bring your ideas to the world.

Chat directly with Concursive's CEO and our technical team by contacting us and we'll get back to you promptly.

Learn more about our products.

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Concursive has worked with Wetlands Watch of Norfolk, Virginia to bring a new app to Apple's App Store called Sea Level Rise. The premise of the app is to record sea-level data in Hampton Roads, Virginia around certain events (like tides and rainfall) and visualize the points on a map. The data will be used for various analysis and alerts over time.

 

To accomplish data capture, the Sea Level Rise app has a 'Tools' tab which combines several of Concursive's ConcourseConnect platform features to allow participants to capture data.

The goal is to accurately capture a user's location with some user provided details and store it around the context of a profile, in this case a sea-level rise event. Volunteer users can add notes and photos which get stored along with the app's coordinates (latitude, longitude, altitude, and GPS accuracy).

Starting with a typical top-level 'Event' profile in Connect, users can perform multiple 'check-ins' into this Event profile on their device. The user sees their location on the map where they are checking in, and the user has an option of adding a note and photo along with their coordinates.

Since accuracy is important, the GPS signal level is displayed. From experience with testing the coordinates, iPhones have been just as accurate as a dedicated Garmin GPS made for the outdoors – with nearly identical results. While the GPS is nearly spot-on (reporting within 5 meters of accuracy), the Apple and Google maps do have some offset when the coordinates are plugged into the maps so the assumption is that the coordinates are correct but the mapping imagery is offset a little, or vice-versa. Regardless, the points have been very helpful as they can be captured very quickly.

Sea Level Rise uses the ConcourseConnect mobile platform and backend. Contact Concursive for more information about the platform.

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You may have heard about Concursive's community, social, and e-commerce feature-set which includes user profiles, activity streams, blogs, calendar events, wikis, forums, tagging, bookmarks, and more, but did you know that when when users interact with a Concursive-based app or site, they are interacting with a service? Concursive has made substantial progress in the web world in the last 7 years to make essential app functionality a part of its customizable platform.

Whether you are going mobile-first, web-first, or launching both, the Concursive platform at a high level solves common problems easily via configuration. Developers concentrate on the parts that make their app unique, while still using APIs and design patterns encouraged by the Concursive framework which work on both mobile and web.

There are many out-of-the-box examples which would otherwise range from easy to difficult to implement on your own:

  • A user account system which handles usernames, passwords, invitations, settings and password reset functionality across mobile and web, optionally integrating with Facebook.
  • Managing user permissions. Through a badge system users can be identified with multiple roles and responsibilities.
  • Managing user groups and whether those groups are private, public, or publicly visible but with authorization by a user manager for additional access.
  • Setting up your own spaces. We include spaces for groups, ideas, projects, accounts, businesses, organizations and programs. Create anything, even spaces for trees or stock quotes. Any topic you want your users to collaborate around.
  • Geolocation services which easily access Google, MapQuest, and Open Street Maps to geocode locations and display them on devices or web maps. The Concursive API can order all locations by nearest-to-you.
  • Storing user generated images in the right size and format to the device or browser needing them.
  • Interfacing with video services like YouTube to obtain meta-data, thumbnails and embed codes for videos.
  • Importing data from RSS feeds is as easy as entering the feed's URL. The connectivity is scheduled, queued and downloaded into the database. RSS feeds can be integrated into blogs, activity streams or displayed on their own.
  • Indexing all data is done immediately so that it's easy to query, search, sort, geolocate and filter user-generated content, photos, and text captured from uploaded documents.
  • Sending a push notification is as easy as providing the user IDs and the message to send. The platform uses the right mechanisms for the right platforms for those users. 
  • The platform has its own order processing system which integrates with Authorize.net, Chargify and iOS in-app purchases to track and verify purchases.
  • The services are location aware, based on the user's context, and accesses the data the user is allowed to access.

Those are just several examples which are transparently used on every Concursive installation. Once the platform is installed, your enhancements go into a configuration directory for customizing the user experience, email messages, background jobs, additional APIs, automated workflows, page layouts, CSS, and code.

Learn more by reviewing the ConcourseConnect feature summary.

This post was inspired by Brent Simmons and his experience with app development.

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The official app of MODSIM World is now available!

Posted by Matt Rajkowski on April 26, 2013 9:10 AM EDT
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The MODSIM World Exhibition & Conference brings together a diverse community of individuals with a common interest in using Modeling & Simulation to solve complex problems in a variety of fields including defense, healthcare, cybersecurity, manufacturing, and transportation.

The app features push notifications from event organizers, a map of the area, and updates to the agenda. There's also a social aspect where attendees and fans can share photos and take part in discussions and surveys about the event.

Technically, the app is built on a ConcourseConnect Hub, called ModSim Connected, run by Concursive Corporation and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Concursive platform is dynamic enough to power mobile communities for events, non-profits, and enterprise customers.

Edit: the app has been updated for MODSIM World 2014 and users can update their apps for the latest version.

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