Browse Topics: Civic Technology
Call for Innovation/Ideas
Call for Innovations (or Ideas) is a new procurement tool in which cities/towns issue first a problem statement rather than specifications.
Smart Neighborhood Pilot Programs
Smart neighborhood pilots test how to arrange smart city technology in order to analyze and address specific goals & problems in a neighborhood.
Vehicle relocation alerts pre-flooding
Pre-flooding alert systems to manage vehicle evacuation ahead of emergency flooding situations.
Community Health Dashboards
Community Health dashboards depict various measures and trends related to residents’ health, education & welfare.
Mobility Hubs coordinate land uses, transportation options and street+parking design with special attention to growing options with shared use mobility (bikes, cars, on-demand rides and ride share) and pre-planning for driverless vehicles and evolving technologies. For land uses, mobility hubs emphasize flexible uses, incremental, iterative development and careful attention to sidewalks and curbs. These areas are also ripe for retrofits for resilience and green infrastructure
Shared Mobility: Current Practices & Guiding Principles
This primer introduces shared mobility, discusses the government’s role, reviews success stories, examines, lessons learned, & proposed solutions; and concludes with guiding principles.
Array of Things in Chicago
The Array of Things (AoT) is a pilot network of interactive, modular sensor boxes to be installed around Chicago beginning in 2016 to collect real-time data on the city’s environment, infrastructure, and activity for research and public use.
Free Sunscreen Dispensers
Sunscreen dispensers can help prevent risks of skin cancer/melanoma particularly in open, sunny areas like parks, near waterfronts and during street festivals.
Pothole & Pavement Mappinghttp://greaterplaces.com/?post_type=project-topic&p=3340&preview=true
New smartphone apps, cameras and vehicle sensors collect road condition data, As volunteers and/or municipal vehicles drive, sensors detect disturbances (the potholes) and report the location for data analysis and maintenance schedules.
Inventory Apps for Disaster Recovery
Cities can help streamline post-disaster response by helping citizens and businesses prepare inventories and other information needed for speedy insurance claims. This frees resources for addressing cases with health and safety implications. By using software and apps, information is stored in the cloud and can be used for other businesses purposes (e.g., taxes and accounting).
Ring Ride App
Ring Ride is a bicycle riding game designed to increase support for walking and cycling improvements on Vienna’s historic Ringstrasse. On the app, players try to avoid obstacles (including dogs, other bicyclists and Mozart). The app takes players to the larger site for more information on events, project ideas, and resources.
Corvalis Metropolitan Planning Area Scenario Viewer
The Corvallis Metropolitan Planning Area (CAMPO) strategic assessment modeled policy combinations and context factors to find out how different choices (policy factors like community design) and different external influences (context factors such as fuel prices) could affect future vehicle miles traveled, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, travel costs, and other outcomes in the region.
Boston’s City Hall to Go
City Hall To Go visits Boston’s neighborhoods throughout the year, offering a select menu of city services directly to constituents. The truck can also be deployed to special events, block parties and street festivals, as well as select seasonal services as resident needs shift throughout the year.
Los Angeles – Sustainable City pLAn & Dashboard
The Sustainable City pLAn is a roadmap for a Los Angeles to align environmental, health, economic, and equity goals. The plan includes both short term results and long term goals, as well as a dashboard of sustainability metrics for reporting near-term plan elements.
Glasgow’s Future City Dashboard
The city of Glasgow, Scotland created a customizable dashboard for residents and tourists including information on weather, air quality, transportation and more.
South Florida Sea Level Rise Toolkit
Florida International University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and partners are developing the Sea Level Rise Toolbox to depict future sea level rise and coastal flooding. The goal is to help residents and businesses prepare and adapt ahead of damaging water and flooding.
Neighborhood Consultation Explainer Video
NSW Australia produced a 1:18 minute video to explain neighbor consultations, which are required for property owners undertaking renovation, demolition or new construction.
Rackspotter – Crowdsourced Bike Rack Mapping
Arlington County’s Bicycle Program created Rackspotter, an app to identify and map bicycle parking racks. BikeArlington builds on existing partnerships among citizens, businesses and local government to encourage more people to bike more often in Arlington.
Digital Services Playbook
Digital services projects (email campaign, websites, mobile apps) too often fail to meet expectations. For government agencies, several factors contribute to unused or unusable features: outdated project development practices, outdated procurement regulations, and no avenue to fix bugs after a launch. In response, the U.S. Chief Information Officer and the Federal CIO Council created the Digital Services Playbook, which identifies a series of “plays” drawn from new practices such as agile development to help agencies successfully deliver digital services.
District Hall – Boston’s Innovation Hub
District Hall, operated by a unique public-private partnership, sets itself apart as a public purpose, civic entity to convene all people, ideas and sectors as part of Boston’s Innovation District.