The Quick App Initiative (abbreviated simply to “QAI") is a place to foster awareness, develop documentation and use cases, collaborate on tooling and coordinate grassroots activities in support of a Quick App implementation of the W3C MiniApp standard. It enables the active collaboration of different stakeholders, from device vendors to app/content providers, within a neutral, Open Source based structure.

Quick App Initiative

Some context

In January 2021, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), supported by the leading Web technology companies, launched the MiniApp Working Group. This group aims to define standards for a new paradigm of light hybrid applications called MiniApps. The MiniApp technology is based on front-end Web technologies like XML, CSS, JavaScript, and Web APIs, yet offers advanced access to device features and supports native rendering. Importantly, MiniApps are designed to run on a runtime engine close to the device OS.

The Quick App Initiative, hosted by OW2, promotes a concrete implementation of the abstract W3C MiniApp standard, allowing light applications in native environments for smart devices.

Our objectives

The initiative explores vertical applications where Quick Apps have the potential to be part of a solution, as well as transversal activities that further core technologies across verticals, including (as appropriate) usability, accessibility, sustainability, privacy, security, and ethical standards.

The initiative has four key aims:

  1. Raise awareness and understanding about Quick Apps in business and developer communities.
  2. Develop a commons of technical knowledge, guidelines and best practices.
  3. Feed into the emerging W3C MiniApp standard (and act as a dissemination channel).
  4. Develop Open Source code about Quick Apps. For example, tools, code templates, plugins for IDEs, test-beds, Etc.

A multi-party initiative

The Quick App initiative has been launched by the following organisations:

  • CTIC
  • European Alliance for Technology Development (Alliance Tech)
  • Famobi
  • FRVR
  • Huawei Europe (Initiative chair)
  • RSI Foundation
  • Santillana

The initiative is transparent and meritocratic and governed by a charter that has been drafted and peer-reviewed by the launch participants above and the OW2 Board.

In brief, this initiative is based on the following foundations:

  • Respectful, open community. Any organization or individual from any country, race, or religion is welcome to participate in the activities and become a participant of the initiative;
  • Not pay to play. Interested parties do not need to join OW2 (although highly encouraged), nor does the initiative require a “membership” fee.
  • Multi-stakeholder community. Public and private organizations, academia, and individuals are warmly encouraged to enrich the community ecosystem;
  • Vendor-neutral. The initiative is focused on developing tools, documentation, training, use cases, code examples, and building awareness of Quick Apps as a technology platform from a vendor-neutral perspective;
  • Transparent and driven by consensus. Group resolutions and their activities are based on collective understanding and agreements under openness and transparency principles.

Projects and deliverables

The initiative fosters the authoring of documents and the development of dedicated tools and runtime software engines.

The documents and the Open Source projects developed within the initiative will be hosted in the initiative’s repository within the OW2 code base.

Visit the developer sections to see all the open source projects and documents already created.

Events

Launched at OW2con'21 in June 2021, the Quick App Initiative promotes its activities at various events as it makes progress.

See the list of past and upcoming events related to the Quick App Initiative.

You are welcome to participate

The Quick App Initiative is open to:

  • Any organization or individual regardless of geographic location;
  • Operating system and device vendors that implement Quick App engines, marketplaces, and other supporting tools for Quick Apps;
  • Content and service providers interested in end-user interactions using Quick Apps;
  • Marketing experts interested in the promotion of Quick Apps as a paradigm;
  • Developers, including professionals, hobbyists, and students, interested in Web and native app technologies;
  • Public institutions, including municipalities, with specific needs such as accessible services for citizens and visitors;
  • Research centers and academic institutions interested in innovation through agile technologies;
  • Innovative entrepreneurs and SMEs.

All the participants in the Quick App Initiative agree to be bound by the charter and are required to follow the OW2 governing laws and policies, not least the OW2 Code of Conduct.

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