“For the first time, policymakers mattered,” Potter said. “It was also the first time app developers mattered to policymakers.”
One of the biggest challenges for these lobbyists will be explaining to Members of Congress what applications actually are and how they differ from traditional forms of software.
“They are very behind in understanding apps,” said Siddiqui, who plans to meet with lawmakers from California and his home state of Minnesota when he comes to Capitol Hill in May. “They are afraid that someone is going to hack into their phone.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.