Background

Detroit’s Eastern Market Corporation saw an opportunity to innovate their historic institution by working with vendors and visitors to create a cross-platform app.

Detroit’s Eastern Market has been trading since the 1800s and is now a large-scale community hub managed by the nonprofit Eastern Market Corporation (EMC). With a specific mission to enrich the Michigan community through access, education, transport & incubation, the EMC felt it was time to offer market traders, visitors and workers an improved ‘user experience’ via a suite of Eastern Market mobile apps – for the general public wanting information, for vendors wanting to book stalls, and EMC staff needing to manage certain admin-heavy workflows.

“Eastern Market is the one place in Detroit where anyone and everyone rubs elbows, celebrating the Michigan harvest, rich cultures and an authentic spirit that’s undeniably Detroit. All are welcome to soak up the flavors, the sounds and a long, rich history full of grit and determination, as they melt together in a rich stew that nourishes the city’s soul.”

Solution

Building quickly on the Azure platform meant Shaping Cloud could create a proof of concept app in a matter of weeks, and the Eastern Market app soon caught the attention of Microsoft’s CityNext team who invited Shaping Cloud to showcase the beta release at the annual Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. Developed initially on Windows 8, the app is now also built in iOS and Android so that is accessible to as many users as possible. The next iteration will include features such as interactive mapping and export functions, along with integration with payment applications to further streamline the experience of booking attendance at the market.

Dan Carmody, Eastern Market Corporation

As Eastern Market continues to expand and support Detroit's re-generation, we are looking forward to expanding our relationship with Shaping Cloud and leveraging their Public Sector experience. Smarter Cities mean connected cities, and I believe our skilful use of technology will continue to differentiate Eastern Market. We are proud of the role Shaping Cloud is playing in our vision.

Bringing Innovation to one of the oldest industries

250+

Vendors

Registered to trade and demand is going up

50,000

Visitors

Every week in peak season

125

Years Old

Founded in 1891 but still transforming