Last week’s National Day of Civic Hacking was an opportunity for citizens everywhere to help their cities work better through technology. To that end, we’ve found 4 examples of cities innovating government:
New York, NY on Foursquare
Home to the nation’s first Chief Digital Officer in government, Rachel Haot, it’s no surprise that New York makes our list by using the Foursquare app. NYC Gov’s Foursquare page includes a Big Apple badge and features lists and tips for a range of city spaces.
San Francisco’s SFpark App
San Francisco is another no-brainer when it comes to innovation. The Municipal Transportation Authority’s (SFMTA) SFpark app is a game-changer for drivers, managing the availability of on-street parking by utilizing smart parking meters that change prices according to location, time of day, and day of the week.
The open data feed means that anyone can create and share apps, making it a hit with open government enthusiasts as well.
Virginia Beach’s Virtual Town Hall
Virginia Beach, VA. is known to many as a seaside playground. But did you know that the area has a vibrant tech/startup community?
The city appeals to the Government 2.0 crowd with several online resources, including its virtual town hall. The web-based citizen engagement tool allows citizens to voice their opinions on projects and initiatives, with the goal of incorporating the feedback in the decision-making process.
Kansas City’s Online 311
Kansas City, MO. is one of the many cities that has rolled out a digital counterpart to its traditional 311 call-center services. Residents can submit and track issues online or through twitter. Dialing 3-1-1 on the good old fashioned telephone works too.
What cities would you add to the list? Let us know!