MyMP relaunched today with three MPs from the three main parties (well 2.2) now added with a further 17 expected to be up and working on the site between now and Christmas.
I went in search of a company that could do an App for me last June, 2009. I already knew Jo Shaw in another existence and when she said she thought her new company - PublicZone - might be interested we were on for it!!
From June till December, we worked on the design and content model and eventually launched it in the early part of this year. It took us longer then expected but for a nano second or more we were in the iTune top 10 for downloads. Eventually, over 8000 people downloaded the App.
PublicZone cannot have covered all their costs in doing my App. And. I failed to persuade the Parliamentary authorities to support some funding and ended up contributing £2300 to the overall costs.
However, PublicZone went to find the funding to make it possible for all MPs to have their own space on the MyMP app and duly found £50,000 from NESTA and so we all hope this will be possible.
Next week, the MyMP app has been short-listed for a Nominet award so who lknows maybe the first ever politician's app may yet have something more to celebrate!