As solution engineers on the local government team, Adam Ziegler and I share a common goal: to educate our user community on new apps and technology, and to use our regional office as a hub whenever possible. With this in mind, we recently hosted a Web AppBuilder workshop, designed to showcase the ease with which GIS professionals can bring their data to life with responsive web application. Over 40 attendees from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds (local and state government, regional transit, private companies and universities) attended the half-day workshop where Adam and I gave an overview of Web GIS concepts (a laBernie Szukalski), discussed the power of the web map, and showed how the functionality of maps and data can be extended through the configurable experience of Web AppBuilder. Amidst the soft pretzels and raffle drawings, attendees rolled up their sleeves and put those principles into practice through self-paced exercises where they constructed their own Web AppBuilder apps. Here's everyone hard at work:
The workshop concluded with a challenge. Not just any challenge, but
The First Ever
Web AppBuilder Challenge!
Adam and I wanted to ensure that attendees put their new skills to work, so we announced the challenge as a way to keep Web AppBuilder fresh in their minds after leaving our office. Entries were encouraged to be focused on solving a real problem or challenge that attendees saw in their organization. We received 7 entries:
- View Your County (New Castle County, DE): The goal of this app is to expand the user community to include those accessing the app on mobile devices, something the county's current web app doesn't support:
- Radio Towers and Microwave Paths (Bucks County, PA): This app has a very specific focus, designed to get relevant information to those who need it:
- Trail and Rail (Bucks County, PA): This well-designed app promotes the county's recreational resources in a unique way:
- Property and Soil Type Viewer (by Cumberland County NJ): As a county with strong agricultural roots, this app answers common questions from farmers and residents:
- North Coventry Township (by Chester County PA): This app was authored by a County employee for a municipality - the shared content and services illustrate a cooperation between local government entities:
- Fresh From Bucks County Farms (by Bucks County, PA): Highlighting agricultural resources in the county, this app brings to life what was once a static PDF document:
- Pennsylvania MS4 Requirements (by Cedarville Engineering, PA): This app addresses a very timely topic, as municipalities are facing the challenge of meeting requirements to minimize the environmental impact of stormwater runoff.
And the winner is...Pennsylvania MS4 Requirements - congratulations to Amanda Reitbauer! Not only did her app address an important and timely issue, but it did so in a way that presented clear and useful information through pop-ups and widgets.
Adam and I had a lot of fun conducting the Web AppBuilder workshop, and seeing the participation both during and after the event. Hopefully these examples offer some ideas and inspiration that will help you get started with Web AppBuilder. Thank you to everyone who participated!