Ballotbox

 

Name: Sebastian Jimenez

NYU affiliation: Arts and Sciences

NYU status: Undergraduate

Did you enter last year?: No

Do you have any teammates?: Yes

How many, including yourself?: 2

 

Concept Name

Ballotbox

 

High Concept Statement

Eventbrite for politics. A political action network that connects users to politicians, activists, communities and events around their area that match their political views and interests.

 

Status Quo

Grassroots activism is built and managed top down from a centralized media and political structure. Even vibrant movements like Bernie 2016 had to rely on mass media and established party channels to achieve exposure. Activists need a decentralized way to connect with each other and mobilize efficiently to build grassroots from the bottom up

 

Competition

Activists use established social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and others in order to coordinate and communicate. Facebook and Meetup are our main competitors. Facebook is clearly the titan in the space because they are the largest social network, and they allow users to share events and their politics. Meetup is closer to what we are doing because they allow people to build offline communities around their location with other people  that share their interests

 

Solution

“Features maketh apps”

Unlike Facebook, we allow people to meet other people they don’t know yet so that they can build relationships and communities offline. That, and we have a better event management, filtering and booking mechanism than Meetup. Users rate our events, users get connected to political orgs to our platform, and activists get more data on their members.

 

Revenue Model

First: we serve as a Patreon for political activists. We allow users to sign up for monthly donation payments in exchange for premium services from their activism group, and we take a percentage of those donations. Second: we sell ads for political orgs and politicians that want to promote their causes in our platform. Third: we sell data to political orgs and politicians about user behavior, and on what issues users are engaging with the most. Fourth: we sell premium placement to local businesses who want to be featured on our suggested venue list for activists to host their events their

 

Which platform would you like to launch your app on?

iPhone

 

Which category best describes your app?

Social Networking