At the TechCrunch Disrupt conference on Sept. 12 in San Francisco, the question circulating in the tech community isn’t so much about next IT projects, but whether Obama's innovation initiatives — and the government tech movement as a whole — will live on.
Officials from the California Government Operations Agency (CalGovOps) announced the launch after a successful pilot that began earlier this summer. The intent, technology leaders say, is to make the state’s vast collection of data easier to access and more intuitive to use.
This month San Rafael, Calif., released a beta site along with a new strategy to modernize its digital presence. The Bay Area city just north of San Francisco plans to revitalize its outreach and citizen services with a number of digital upgrades.
With the second iteration of the Startup in Residence program, four Northern California cities are gaining valuable tools and resources for citizens while chosen startups are earning persuasive use cases to help them scale into the gov tech market.
Over the last year and a half, an open source budget visualization app called “Visual Budget” — which helps users understand figures with interactive and color-coded diagrams — has seen an increase in adoption rates.
In Long Beach, where Mayor Robert Garcia has probed avenues to expand civic tech and open data, CIO Bryan Sastokas said the coastal city has opted to experiment with crowdsourcing — it intends to test whether members of its community can deliver.