Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.
It was primarily the application development, and design. Actually, it's a little bit bigger than just developing an application. The process was a little bit more complicated because we started with ideation. Together with the city government, we needed to find out what their needs were. What they did as a first step was collecting user feedback. They asked the users what they would like to see in this kind of application. They didn't just think, like many of the developers do, that, "We are the smartest people in the world, let's develop a nice app," and then people just say, "Oh, it's not something I would use."
They gathered the feedback in the first place, then they did the first development, the first design, and then they tested it again. In my mind, it's very important that they showed this application that was not finished, and they asked for user feedback again in two ways: for the mobile application on the one side and, on the other side, how people find information about the application in the city and the bus stops. It was a little bit different. Then, they developed it further.
How did you come to work with Mobi Lab?
We had worked with them in the past before we started this project.
Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?
From our side it was around 35,000 euros [approximately $39,800]. It's a little bit complicated, because there is European Union money involved, and it's only supported to finish the project with some kind of prototype. They needed to put in another 30,000 euros [$34,000] to make it this real application and to develop it further.
What is the status of this engagement?
The relationship is still ongoing. Another three-year project is starting in January, and they are onboard again. We have different, smaller get-togethers, and they are part of the think tanks on this kind of meetings. We are still in cooperation, but with this specific bus time application project, they managed to finish it. I believe it's like a platform, so you can always develop it further, but the plain functionalities are ready today.