What was the scope of their involvement?
One thing that’s helped us is the geolocation. It has a voter type in their specific location, and it tells voters their closest polling site. We wanted to pull in a greater percentage of voters to El Paso by bringing awareness to the county and then get more people registered to vote. The site also needed to provide a calendar for voters of the various elections. And it can be viewed in Spanish.
In addition to the website, they’re developing a mobile application for us. It also has a geolocation features. When a voter goes to a polling site, the app will tell them how many people are currently being processed there. It’ll tell them the time it will take them to go through the voting process. The app is being built for both iOS and Android, but I’m not aware of the technologies being used. They’ve told us, and it’s in the proposal. It’s not finished, but we’re shooting for the beginning of July. Hello Amigo is doing the design for the app as well as the development.
They also produced a commercial that ran on TV networks during the presidential election. It was basically a commercial to get people to vote.
How did you come to work with Hello Amigo?
We had heard of a couple vendors locally, and several of them submitted proposals. We saw the work that Hello Amigo had provided another government agency, Visit El Paso, and we were confident they could deliver what we wanted.
How much have you invested with Hello Amigo?
I don’t have those numbers.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together in January 2016, and the work is ongoing.