Could a technologist be the next mayor of Philadelphia? That was the focus of one of our biggest stories of 2013.
Below, we recap Technically Philly’s biggest stories of 2013, determined mostly by traffic but also our discretion.
The five-year-old Paoli-based search engine that promises not to track you exploded this summer, as privacy became an even hotter commodity. Usage of the search engine grew steadily for the rest of the year: it will end the year with an average of about 3.84 million direct searches per day.
Philadelphians flocked to a city-built web app that calculated their property taxes under the city’s new tax system. The city’s open data staff, led by Chief Data Officer Mark Headd, has since re-launched the city’s property data app (see the old one here) to make it able to support high volumes of traffic. The app was the most trafficked site on phila.gov, both internally and externally, said the city’s Director of Civic Technology Tim Wisniewski, adding that it was responsible for 30 percent of phila.gov’s total traffic.
We’ve covered how Philly’s schools are using technology but Northeast High School saw tangible results from its tech push.
Greg Lobanov dismissed the traditional undergrad internship route and hired himself this summer. He’s since won the Geek Award for Indie Game of the Year and his latest game has been featured on retailer Steam’s beta testing page.
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