2010 Apps for Californians
California Cage Fight
SymSoft's application California Cage Fight won the mashup competition "Apps for Californians". The application also won the popular choice award. The mashup allows Californians to explore demographic patterns across California counties in a fun and engaging way. Using this mashup, users can compare two counties for population growth, per capita income, unemployment, new housing units and more, over many years. This information can be helpful in understanding the growth patterns and planning for the future. The application converts raw data available through data.ca.gov (and California Department of Finance) into easy-to-understand information for common people.
The other mashup created by SymSoft Solutions Explore California was a finalist in the competition. This application has been ranked at number two by the popularity rating. The "Explore California" allows the users to explore California counties using an interactive map and explore the county trends for population, income, unemployment, new housing units, etc. over a number of past years. The application plots diverse metrics on the same chart to allow users to compare and contrast the patterns of growth and decline in various categories and the relationships between them. For example, check out the population growth pattern against new housing units in your county! We believe that the past trends and future projections will help the Californians in their planning efforts for years to come.