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Balto-Brainstorm: What Baltimore-specific app would you design?

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If you check out Apple's App Store for iPhone apps and search for "Baltimore," you'll find some news apps, Ravens apps, event apps and map apps. (See left.) There's already a Happy Hour app.

The Baltimore Sun has some interesting applications, such as a recently released iPhone app and this homicide map (which I incidentally helped create a few years ago.)

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They're all good. But are they enough? No. Can Baltimore do better? Um, yes.

I'm inviting you to share your list of apps you'd like to see for Baltimore, here on BaltTech. They could be apps for cellphones, the Web or Facebook. Whatever platform you choose, the only requirement is that they be ABOUT Baltimore.

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Is there city data you'd like to have access to on your phone? How about being able to file or review the status of 311 requests with your phone? Or geo-locating crime, based on your GPS position using your phone, wherever you happen to be walking or driving. How about data about our schools or neighborhoods?

Post your app idea for Baltimore in the comments below and it may end up in a future BaltTech column in the newspaper! The first five commenters get a free BaltTech magnet shipped to them!! (just shoot me your snail-mail address at gus.sentementes@baltsun.com, and I'll drop one in the mail for you. :-)

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