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Maryland entrepreneur designs 'Aam Aadmi' app mpConnect for India's political parties, elections
January 14, 2014
Source: THE AMERICAN BAZAAR

Shukoor Ahmed's V-Empower inspired by Kejriwal's no-corruption politics.

By Deepak Chitnis

WASHINGTON, DC: A mobile app designed and backed by Maryland-based entrepreneur Shukoor Ahmed is aiming to bring political transparency to the Indian Parliamentary system, particularly with the upcoming 2014 Lok Sabha elections, starting in April.

Ahmed's company ' V-Empower ' a play on the phrase 'we empower' ' is behind an app called mpConnect, which aims to put the citizens of India in closer contact with their MPs who represent them in Parliament. The idea, believes Ahmed, could revolutionize the country and change the way politics is conducted for future generations.

'The users can look up the MP from the list and connect with their respective MP, either by calling, texting or by email,' says the app's iTunes description. 'We hope that the MPs shall contact you with their convenience. If they cannot [reply] per person, we shall provide them a web interface, where they can give a collective response of all the communications received.'

mpConnect is based off a similar concept V-Empower developed nearly a decade ago, for use in the US. The concept is more or less the same ' give Americans the ability to easily get in touch with their Congressional leaders to tell them exactly what they feel are the most pressing issues in their communities. Made in the time before mobile apps, the concept became a website: www.StateDemocracy.com

Wracked by corruption and greed practically since its birth in 1947, the Indian government has started to see small changes to bring it away from those dishonest practices. V-Empower sees its app as a close relative of the Aam Aadmi Party, whose leader, Arvind Kejriwal, has been making waves with his no-nonsense, no-corruption stance in New Delhi, influenced directly by the teachings of social advocate Anna Hazare.

'We are ready to do our part as an Aam Aadmi [Party] technology company, ' Ahmed said in an email to The American Bazaar. 'We can't wait for Infosys, TCS, Wipro [and] Mahindra to build technology for the benefit of [the] Aam Aadmi. They are too focused on their bottom line and their stock price.'

Those aren't the only two software V-Empower has developed for voters. They've also created CrimeBlotter.org, MDDemocracy.com (for Maryland state's government specifically), PGBallot.com (a site for Prince George's County, Maryland that should have an app released later this year), LobbyDelegates.com, and IndiaDemocracy.com, which was discontinued in 2012.

V-Empower launched the mpConnect app on iTunes on November 15 of last year, and it can be downloaded for free. It's compatible with iOS 4.3 and higher, and is also optimized for the latest iPhone 5 models. Yet its success thus far is questionable ' there are no customer reviews of the app, and V-Empower has not released numbers regarding how many mobile users have downloaded the app.

Ahmed is open, however, about his thoughts on political transparency and voter participation. He and V-Empower offer the source code for StateDemocracy to anyone who requests it, in the hopes of getting more and more people in smaller communities to get in touch with their legislative leaders.

'We are ready to share our source code of many applications which could be used by governments, political parties, and candidates,' said Ahmed.

Additionally, Ahmed remains highly involved in his own local community, using V-Empower to put hundreds of thousands ' if not millions ' of dollars worth of philanthropy into the local economy. In 2009, V-Empower was ranked #4 in this regard in the entire Washington, DC-metro area.

But can an app really change a system, let alone the largest democratic system in the entire world?

'As a technology company, we are frustrated with political leadership and their lack of imagination in utilizing technology to serve citizens more effectively and efficiently,' said Ahmed.

In other words: yes, the time has come.

To contact the author, email to deepakchitnis@americanbazaaronline.com

URL: http://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2014/01/14/maryland-entrepreneur-designs-aam-aadmi-app-mpconnect-indias-political-parties-elections/


mpConnect- Talk on Political Level
December 24, 2013
Source: Surkhian, Top News India

India is vast and here it's difficult to connect with everyone. And most of the time, it's too hard to connect with the important people as there are so many boundaries around them.

We all know India is developing country which can be developed by changing things by the efforts of all. Have one ever wondered that how can he connect to his parliamentarians to affect our political situation?

It is just that we mainly get in touch with our politicians while voting for them. But now, one can discuss his issues with the decision-maker of our country directly at any point of time.

After all, technology is getting better day by day. We should take advantage of that. But, point is what that technology is?

V-Empower Inc. has designed and developed a mobile application called "mpConnect" which allows Indian citizens to connect and interact with their Member of Parliament.

V-Empower, Inc. is a technology consulting company having its headquarters in Maryland, USA and offshore development centre in Hyderabad. Over a period of last 10 years, V-Empower have developed these applications in the political space for USA & India.

It has built 1st ever application which connected Indian citizens with their elected officials in 2002. Isn't it very cool and responsible for the youth?

We always talk about making a change in society, but couldn't do much. Now, we have chance to do so. It may prove better way in the future. "mpConnect" can be downloaded for free on Android and Iphone.

Using mpConnect constituents can call, text and email their member of parliament and have more influence in politics and get their views heard.

MP's can also engage with constituents by interacting with them, get feedback, views and address their concerns.

The main premise behind developing this app is to increase interaction between citizens and representatives in order to build the dialogue gap in society.

"mpConnect" is useful for every voter, political activist, candidates, supporters, campaign workers, political parties and interest groups. They hope to enhance and add more functionality to this app immediately after the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

It has shown good result in abroad as well as in India in political spectrum as below mentioned:-
  • Built 1st ever application which connected US citizens with elected officials in 2000 (www.statedemocracy.com).
  • Built 1st ever voter registration application for County Executive Candidate in 2002.
  • Built 1st ever voter registration and absentee ballot application in 2004.
  • Built Crime Tracking tool in Prince George's county in 200(www.crimeblotter.org).
  • Built the only application which allowed Democrats to lobby super delegate (www.lobbydelegates.com) in 2008.
  • Built and allowed citizens to make their own sample ballot (www.pgballot.com) in 2010.

Now, if youth will use this mobile app which is believed that they will certainly do as they are intelligent and want to participate in the every issue of India either its rape cases, scams, leaders, national and international issues. This app is the perfect political match for their Android

URL: http://surkhiyan.com/mpconnect-talk-on-political-level/   &

URL: http://www.topnewsindia.com/2013/12/mpconnect-talk-on-political-level.html

Source: Gemini Prime News (9:30 PM, 10-December-2013)


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A hotline for MPs
November 04, 2013
Source: The Hans India



URL: http://epaper.thehansindia.com/PUBLICATIONS/THEHANSINDIA/THI/2013/11/04/ArticleHtmls/A-hotline-for-MPs-04112013122013.shtml?Mode=1

V-Empower creates a mobile phone App to connect with MP
November 13, 2013
Source: The Siasat Daily

V-Empower Inc. has designed and developed a mobile application called mpConnect which allows Indian citizens to connect and interact with their Member of Parliament.

mpConnect can be downloaded for free on Android and Iphone. Using mpConnect constituents can Call, Text and Email their member of parliament and have more influence in politics and get their views heard.

MP's can also engage with constituents by interacting with them, get feedback, views and address their concerns.

The main premise behind developing this app is to increase interaction between citizens and representatives in order to build the dialogue gap in society.

mpConnect is useful for every voter, political activist, candidates, supporters, campaign workers, political parties and interest groups. We hope to enhance and add more functionality to this app immediately after the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

URL: http://www.siasat.com/english/news/v-empower-creates-mobile-phone-app-connect-mp


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