Apps

Voter wants to be Tinder for politics

Voter co-founder Hunter Scarborough shares the vision and mission behind his new venture.

NIST releases open source mobile app test tool

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released an open source tool, AppVet, that makes it easier for agencies to test mobile applications security and reliability.

Procurement app hōrd gets an upgrade

Northern Virginia-based development firm GovTribe recently released an upgrade to its federal procurement iPhone app hord.

PublicStuff builds a civic network that connects government and citizens

PublicStuff helps local governments turn service requests and inquiries into tangible community improvements by connecting people directly to their city representatives from their laptop, mobile phone or tablet.

Open data vital for San Francisco’s Bike Share

Finally, a bike-sharing program is coming to San Francisco!

San Francisco makes open data city policy

Today, open data and its power to transform a city and a nation by engaging tech savvy citizens will be on display at San Francisco City Hall. And just as importantly, companies that have been successful because of forward thinking open data policies will testify to our elected leaders about its importance.

Big feet: Walkonomics wants to crowdsource the friendliness of the world’s streets

Walkonomics mobile app rates and maps the pedestrian-friendliness of every street in San Francisco, Manhattan and England.

BillTrack50 wants to make it easier to search, engage with legislation

BillTrack50 provides convenient and user-friendly 50-state legislative data to both citizens and those with a professional interest.

Park.IT or ticket

Park.it creates happy drivers driving in cities like San Francisco, by helping them avoid parking tickets or tow away charges along with parking choices at their fingertips.

NationBuilder brings community software to government

Vice President of Community Adriel Hampton pitches NationBuilder Government, a unified web, communications and CRM database solution.

Captricity frees government data from paper captivity

Captricity solves the “paper problem,” unlocking digital, machine-readable data from paper.

‘We see this digital space of empowering our citizens as the next generation of city government.’

Great “Connected Empowerment” video featuring San Francisco Chief Innovation Officer Jay Nath and civic action platform, Neighborland.

Civic apps competition? There’s a book for that.

There’s been a great deal of discussion around the value of civic apps contests, and now there’s a book for that.

Data Challenge Spotlight: WhyGDP?

We’re told American success equals economic growth. The data tells a different story: GDP doesn’t predict better lives, but civic measures do.

Data Challenge Spotlight: Visualizing Health Reform

Visualizing Health Reform is the go-to source for factual, easy-to-understand information on health care reform in Illinois.

Data Challenge Spotlight: The Art of Community Wellness

The Art of Community Wellness uses civic health data to demonstrate the importance of arts education to communities, civic involvement and overall wellbeing.

How to join (or start) a civic tech movement where you live

For those of you interested in starting or joining the civic technology movement where you live, watch Code for America Brigade program director Kevin Curry discuss how designers and developers are doing just this everywhere across the United States.

Data Challenge Spotlight: Politify

Politify simulates of the financial impacts of the plans proposed by Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

Appallicious joins with SF to launch park and rec iPhone app

Later today, as part of Innovation Month, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will unveil SF Recreation & Park’s official iPhone App, SFRECPARK, developed for San Francisco by mobile commerce company Appallicious.

San Francisco set to appoint chief data officer in revised open data legislation

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.

SF tech icons make smarter civic technology pitch

sf.citi brings out the the tech heavyweights for a new video imagining what civic technology could do for a “smarter San Francisco.”

GovFresh Q&A: Neighbor.ly

Neighbor.ly is a civic crowdfunding platform for U.S. cities and civic-minded organizations.

GovFresh Q&A: Fix 311

Fix 311 aims to be a nationwide app for the 311 system using smartphones and GPS. Fix 311 also includes a CRM system to manage cases.

Palo Alto CIO on building the ‘digital city’

Palo Alto (California) Chief Information Officer Jonathan Reichental shares his vision of the “Digital City” with attendees at the Silicon Valley iOS Developers’ Meetup on May 21, 2012.

Raise Your Voice wants to help citizens better engage with legislators

Raise Your Voice founder Dan Busse shares how his new civic venture wants to change the way citizens and legislators engage with one another. Give us the 140-character elevator pitch. We are a tool, placed in online news and blogs, that promotes open dialogue between citizens and legislators in response to current issues. What problem […]

CivicSponsor helps citizens crowdfund their public spaces

CivicSponsor wants to disrupt the traditional way we fund our public spaces. Here, its three co-founders outline how their new venture aims to help citizens and public servants think outside the taxpayer box.

For GovHub, all politics is personal

When no one in Nick Gaines’ UC Berkeley freshman political science class could answer the question “Who is your state senator?,” he tuned in, dropped out and started GovHub with co-founder Adam Becker.

Hacking taxis and ‘making life in SF a little better’

Last February, officials from San Francisco collaborated with the California College of the Arts and Mix & Stir Studio for the SF Taxi & Mass Communication Challenge, a 24-hour hackathon focused on “design-driven technology solutions to real world problems.”

Voter ID and Civic Innovation

Since 2008, there has been a wave of voting law changes that impose barriers to the ballot box. Georgia Rep. John Lewis, a veteran of “Bloody Sunday,” called the new laws “the most concerted effort to restrict the right to vote since before the Voting Rights Act.” The right to vote is being chiseled away […]

Honolulu launches 311 app

Honolulu launched a new 311 application, Honolulu 311, now available on iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile and Blackberry. The service was developed by CitySourced.