August 12 2014

Aude, France Creates App to Connect and Inform Youth about their City

“Our objective with the Acti City InfoJeunes Connect app consists of responding to their expectations in order to be identified as a source of serious, credible, and referenced information.” It is with these words that Claude Soula, Director of Acti City Youth Information presented this new tool in service of young people.

Using Phone to Access Mobile Application

In order to create a larger community and render information and services more accessible, this free application (an expansion of the organization’s existing website) will be available to the public at the beginning of the 2014 school year in Apple’s app store (for iPhones) as well as in the Google Play store (for Androids). Two enterprises in the department of Aude are at the heart of this project. The USB Soft society located in Trèbes is responsible for the app’s programming, and the Bruits de Couloir society in Carcassonne has handled the app’s graphic design. Acti City partnered with the region’s youth and seeks to get them involved in this technological challenge. Over a period of ten days, twenty youth from Aude will test the prototype of Acti City in a special pre-release. They will have access to all sections of the new app and can help to improve it before the official launch, which is set for September 2014.

The app will be a complete regional media source: the youth of Aude will be able to find many different categories of information on the homepage so as to not miss out on making the most of their young lives in Aude. The tab, “My Information” will allow young people to gather information about the weather, their school, their courses and all that touches on everyday life, including resources for getting information about exams and help for problems. The app will also have a category called “La Carte Jeune” with movie categories, sport and leisure activities, useful tips, as well as the possibility of purchasing movie tickets, etc. online.

Cinéma CGR, Waiting in line

The “Practical” category will have all there is to know about summer jobs and internships. A new internship database is set to debut in October. This app will be a place of community contribution: those using the site will be able to comment on different articles and share them on social media sites. And of course, the app will evolve to include numerous surprises. The departmental councillor, Patrick François, represented the principal partner of this operation, the Departmental Council of Aude, and congratulated them on this new technology meant to help youth in their everyday life.

Do you think youth in your city would more involved in community life if there were an app to help them find information on the go?  

Original article, originally published in French, here.

Credits: Images and data linked to sources.

Katelyn Hewett

Katelyn Hewett recently graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in English and French. During her time at St. Olaf, she enjoyed playing the French Horn in the St. Olaf Band, working as a teaching assistant for first-year writing classes, and volunteering through the French Department. She spends her free time writing fiction and doing interior design projects. Katie loves reading both fiction and non-fiction and hopes to pursue a career in publishing in the near future, ideally with a small, independent press. For the coming school year, however, Katie will be teaching English in Montpellier, France. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to immerse herself in the French language.

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