What are Urban Townhalls?

Urban Townhalls are virtual townhall AMAs (Ask Me Anything sessions) on UrbanAMA, a FREE iPhone app.

AMAs are hosted by political candidates, elected officials, experts in politics, government agencies, advocates, journalists and others interested in US politics!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why and how to get involved?

If you are a current official or a candidate for the 2018 elections, you must be hosting an Urban Townhall!

Please download the app on the app store and schedule an AMA by providing the information below. UrbanAMA reaches audiences on Twitter and Snapchat, actively engaging citizens in discussions. It enables you to have the crucial dialogues with untapped audiences in a flexible manner!

Hosting Guide

Urban Townhalls

Schedule AMA

Schedule AMA

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Impeachment 101: AMA by Prof. Allan Lichtman

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Urban Townhalls are FREE for hosts and participants. If you wish to brand your townhall videos and receive highlights, please contact us.
Please visit our AMA Calendar for upcoming AMAs.
UrbanAMA is integrated with Twitter and Snapchat, thereby reaching broad audiences, especially millennials and younger voters.
Political candidates, elected officials, experts in politics, government agencies, advocates, journalists and anyone wanting to kindle discussions around topics of national and international significance should be hosting AMAs!
It is entirely hosted through an iPhone (or iPad) and hence done from anywhere! If you scheduled your AMA with us, it will be opened for questions many hours before your AMA. Just install the UrbanAMA app, login with Twitter and start responding to questions during your scheduled time!
A good AMA can be hosted in 30 minutes. Typically, people answer 15-20 questions in 30 minutes.
We promote all AMAs over Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook. We ask that the hosts share it on their social channels as well.
Final AMA videos are available when the AMA expires (24 hours after scheduled time). We will send you an email with the link to the YouTube video.
Unlike FB Live, UrbanAMA is asynchronous in nature. So, it brings flexibility of participation based on individual schedules. Community can upvote/downvote questions. Further, the host has the chance to review questions and also review responses before posting!
As long as you have access to an iPhone or iPad, you can host an AMA. Unfortunately, UrbanAMA is only available for iOS at the moment. Participants, however, can always tune in to an AMA via Twitter using the AMA hashtag!
All questions are available for everyone to see on the app as soon as they are posted. As a host, you can review all available questions before getting started on responses. Further, you can also review your response before posting.
Yes, it is totally up to you to pick and choose the questions you want to answer. The app will present the top upvoted questions to you on camera.
Since UrbanAMA content is easily shared over Twitter and Snapchat, our audiences are very broad, depending on the host and the topic. We will share the final AMA video with you for further propagation on any channels as you see fit.
Please write to urbanama-townhalls@thesilverlabs.com for more information.

Hosting Guide

To schedule an AMA, please submit the information above and we'll contact you. Here are some steps to host your AMA:

  • A few days prior to your AMA, please share your upcoming AMA with your audiences on any appropriate social channels and email lists. We will send you our announcements via email.
  • Get the app here
  • Login to UrbanAMA with Twitter (Twitter login is recommended for hosting, but if you don't want to use Twitter, please feel free to login with iCloud).
  • If you've scheduled an AMA earlier, you should see posts that have been added to your AMA at your scheduled time.
  • On the app, you will see your AMA at the top of the Feed.
  • Just tap on 'Respond' and record a video response. All videos are up to 40 seconds long on UrbanAMA! Repeat this until you've responded to the posts you wish to respond to!
  • That's it! Don't forget to enjoy the AMA!

About Urban Townhalls

What Is An UrbanAMA Town Hall?

Why Should You Host An UrbanAMA Town Hall?

We target your intended demographics over Twitter and Facebook to get the most relevant participation - so, write to us today to get going!

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