“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.”
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.