By 2030, it’s estimated that more than 5 billion people will live in urban settings. Therefore, it’s imperative for cities to integrate technology into their infrastructure so that metropolian areas can sustain this rapid growth in population. With hackathons and app challanges, we’ve seen the emergence of civic startups, like SeeClickFix, and we’re now seeing the rise of “civic accelerators.” We all know Y Combinator and 500 Startups — those are stellar accelerators, and they’ve given rise to game-changing startups like Dropbox, Airbnb and Wildfire Interactive, which was acquired by Google earlier this year. Civic accelerators, on the other
San Francisco will announce proposed revisions to open data legislation Monday that includes the creation of a chief data officer who will serve as the primary evangelist for making city data freely-available to the public.As part of the new legislation (full text below), the CDO will “be responsible for sharing City data with the public, facilitating the sharing of information between City departments, and analyzing how data sets can be used to improve city decision making.”Also included is the requirement that each city agency appoint an open data coordinator and establish open data plans, implementation timelines and itemizations of what data
GovFresh highlights the products and start-ups powering the civic revolution. Note: This is not a product promotion or endorsement. Learn how you can get featured. NationBuilder Vice President of Community Adriel Hampton introduces the company’s newest offering, NationBuilder Government.NationBuilder Government is a unified web, communications and CRM database solution – at less than $100 a month for most entities (yes, really).Governments of all sizes struggle with listening well to feedback from a growing number of communications channels. The challenge is to provide better customer service, and to do it cost effectively.NationBuilder is a
Yesterday, I published an interview with Michael Flowers, New York City’s director of analytics for the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning in Mayor Bloomberg’s office. In the interview, “Predictive data analytics is saving lives and taxpayer dollars in New York City,” Flowers talks about how his team of 5 is applying data analysis on the behalf of citizens to improve the efficiency of processes and more effectively detection of crimes, from financial fraud to cigarette bootlegging.
After our interview, Flowers followed up over email to tell
On Wednesday October 17th 2012, our new digital service www.gov.uk moved out of public beta development to replace the two main government websites, Directgov and Business Link. It is the first major, full platform release from the Government Digital Service. This release heralds a new approach to digital delivery of public services in the UK. It is the start of a new approach to all things digital in central government. GOV.UK puts user needs above all. In September last year, while announcing the Needotron, our tool for identifying and filtering the real needs of users, my colleague Richard Pope wrote “Every superfluous page we create is one
On the face of it, government is a wasteful spender. It offers its employees little incentive to be thrifty or strategic about how it spends tax payer funds. But alongside this apathy, a small team in the middle of the country is quietly revolutionizing the ‘bureaucracy as usual’ mindset. Most people don’t look to Jefferson City, Missouri as a source of technical innovation, and they especially would never think to look at its government. But they’d be surprised to learn that the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) is one of the most innovative organizations using social and mobile technologies in the country. In fact, they are a model
This summer, on June 1-2, 2013, citizens in cities across the Nation will join together to improve their communities and governments as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking.Civic Hacking Day is an opportunity for software developers, technologists, and entrepreneurs to unleash their can-do American spirit by collaboratively harnessing publicly-released data and code to create innovative solutions for problems that affect Americans. While civic hacking communities have long worked to improve our country and the world, this summer will mark the first time local developers from across the Nation unite around the shared mission of addressing
Government and tech startups don’t have anything in common. By their very nature, government organizations are typically huge, slow-moving bureaucracies built to deliver continuity. Startups are disruptive risk takers that succeed by shaking up the status quo. Yet both sides need each other in both obvious and surprising ways.
Finding ways to bridge the divide promises to bring new innovation and efficiency to government and help get more people involved in the political process. For startups, working with government agencies will open new markets and growth potential. But making it happen won’t be easy.
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