Watch MindMixer present at the Code for America Summit (Video)
MindMixer, an Omaha startup that makes a web-based platform for community engagement, is in the homestretch of the inaugural Code for America Accelerator, which concludes with a Demo Day on Tuesday in San Francisco.
The accelerator, run by San Francisco-based nonprofit Code for America, is a four-month program designed to give tech-based civic startups the network and training needed to grow. Seven startups were chosen from more than 230 applicants for the program, which provides participants access to mentorship, administrative support, office space, grant money and — even before the upcoming demo day — a prominent platform for introducing themselves to key civic and industry players.
MindMixer co-founder Nick Bowden gave one such introduction on Oct. 2 during the startup showcase portion of the Code for America Summit. From a stage shared during the Summit by presenters like Eric Ries, Ron Conway, Tim O'Reilly and Todd Park, Bowden gave a five-minute pitch for MindMixer (above).
In addition to telling the startup's backstory and giving an explanation of MindMixer's functionality, Bowden shed light on some more recent developments.
He said more than 300 ideas had been implemented across MindMixer's 250 sites, ranging from small — the installation of crosswalks — to "pretty grandiose."
"I think a little bit of knowledge that we’ve gained is working," Bowden said, citing the example of Omaha reallocating its budget to allow for longer library hours, based on feedback on MindMixer's Engage Omaha site.
Bowden also highlighted MindMixer's new photo-sharing feature, which he said "allows people to share photos about what makes their community unique or maybe what they want to see in their community."
Watch the video above for Bowden's complete presentation, and stay tuned to Silicon Prairie New for more on MindMixer's latest, including follow-up from the Accelerator finale.
Credits: Video from Code for America on YouTube.