Tonight we’re throwing a kick-off and Q&A event to get all app developer hopefuls up to speed on the specifics of the contest and get the ball rolling. There will be a presentation and the data providers will be there to answer your questions . The event gets underway tonight at 6pm at Metro Headquarters.
On a personal note I really hope developers out there jump at this opportunity. Metro offers mounds of data relating to its transit services – including the long awaited realtime bus arrival data – but L.A. still lacks great transit apps when compared to other cities. Portland in particular is a much smaller city that has a wealth of home-grown third party transit apps (I counted 39), and many of them are really great (I’ve found the feature set of PDX Bus to be impressively robust).
The way I see it, this isn’t just a challenge to create some great transit apps, it’s a chance to prove that Angelenos have brains in addition to beauty, and that we can app with the best of them.