How can we support the winning apps?

As part of our prize package for the winning app on the day, we are offering not only a $1,000 cash prize but an amazing support package to help the team complete the app, develop a business plan, marketing strategy and to help prepare the product for a full launch! We feel this is a great way to help ensure that the great ideas and efforts can really have a strong, lasting impact and hopefully spawn a new start-up truly Made In Oakland!

Socrata will help you transform your application into the foundation for an effective and successful company. If applicable, your application could be featured on our website, in our newsletters and in future webinars. We’ll also be providing valuable consultative opportunities with three key members of the Socrata team:

 Business Strategy

Opportunity to get real-world civic startup coaching from Kevin Merritt, Socrata’s Founder & CEO. Coaching will include feedback on business strategy, building a team and bootstrapping and financing your civic venture.

Total time with Kevin: 2 hours


Opportunity to meet with Saf Rabah, Socrata’s VP of Marketing and receive real-world coaching on go-to-market strategy. Coaching will include identifying market segments, creating a messaging platform, and executing a campaign strategy.

Total time with Saf: 4 hours

Product Development

Meet with Socrata’s Director of Product Development and Developer Evangelist, Chris Metcalf, to review all technical aspects of your application. Chris will discuss ideas for optimizing and building upon your application, and help you establish a product roadmap.

Total time with Chris: 2 hours