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About AISES

AISES’ mission is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, First Nations and other indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers.

Founded in 1977, with a rapidly expanding membership of more than 3,500 individual members, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) sustains 186 chartered college and university chapters, 14 professional  chapters, and 158 affiliated K-12 schools supporting American Indian students the critically needed disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Services Needed

Applicants will be designing a mobile app for use by the AISES membership and staff to share updates, information as well as serving as the primary app for AISES events.  The app must fit within AISES current brand and graphic design standards AISES expects that the app will be rolled out in phases adding new features over time.  During the startup phase of the app, AISES is looking for the following features:

Membership Communications:

  • Member Forum: The app will feature a forum where AISES members can interact with each other and share information by membership group and topic. 
  • Announcements: A platform for AISES staff to share announcements including: E-mail announcements, newsletters, and E-opportunity Announcements.  This feature will have push capabilities. 

Event Capabilities: The app will serve as the primary communication platform during AISES events including the AISES National Conference, Regional Conferences and AISES Leadership Summit.  AISES is looking for the following event capabilities from the app:

  • Event Wall: A social media like wall where AISES members can share their experience at the event, “check in” to sessions and exhibitor booths, upload photos, as well as interact with other participant and “like” their posts.
  • Agenda: Ability to upload the event agenda including session location, time, and descriptions as well as links to speaker bios and surveys.
  • Event Surveys: Allow participants to take surveys through the app for individual sessions and the overall event.  Surveys results must downloadable in excel or csv format. 
  • Speaker Bios: Ability to upload information about speakers including bios, photos, and links to external information.
  • Sponsorship: Ability to brand aspects of the app to highlight event sponsors.
  • Venue Map: Ability to upload a map of the conference venue including the location of exhibitor booths.
  • Exhibitor Virtual Booth: Allow exhibitors to upload information about their company, share photos and information and collect participant information when they visit the physical booth.
  • Gamification: An interactive game where participants are awarded points based on their interaction with the app during the event.  Includes a leader board where those with the most points are highlighted. 

Future App Capabilities: After the app is launched AISES would like to continue to grow the application’s capabilities through new features and add-ons.  In future releases AISES would like the app to interface with AISES’ website, communications platform, job board and scholarship database.  These features will not be required during the startup phase of the mobile app but are given so that applicants can consider them when choosing back-end systems. 

Operating Systems: The application will run on both Android and iOS platforms and include an HTML 5 version for desktop and windows users.  The selected team will assist AISES staff in publishing the final app to the Apple and Android stores.