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Critical Conversation: The Mobile Quandary

This is the first in a series of critical conversations for the Cooperative Extension System.

Join us for a conversation concerning the development of native applications for mobile devices. Developing native applications is expensive, and it is difficult to get people to download apps, and to use them. Is building these apps a wise use of public resources? Should publicly funded entities be abandoning the standards and data formats of the open internet?

In this "critical conversation" we'll examine the issues, discuss mobile trends, and have a roundtable discussion on current state activities, and potential strategies going forward.

This is a Google Hangout event. You will receive an invitation to the join the Hangout at the time of the event. A public YouTube URL will also be available on this page when the session begins.

Please note that the Google+ Event URL for this conversation was changed as of 9/11/12, so if you responded to the original event, please go to the URL below and respond again. Thanks!

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About the Extension Foundation

The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

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