OpenPlans CTO Aaron Ogle is Philadelphia's new Civic Technology Director - Philly


OpenPlans CTO Aaron Ogle is Philadelphia’s new Civic Technology Director

He'll take over for Tim Wisniewski, who became the city's Chief Data Officer earlier this summer.

Aaron Ogle.

(Photo courtesy of Aaron Ogle)

Aaron Ogle is the city’s new Director of Civic Technology, according to a blog post on OpenPlans. (And a tweet from Chief Innovation Officer Adel Ebeid.)

Ogle was formerly the chief technology officer of civic software company OpenPlans. Before that, he was a Code for America fellow in Philadelphia.

Here’s how Ogle described his new position in a blog post:

The goal? Build and procure technology that works for people. Always start with user needs. Test assumptions. Develop iteratively. Keep it simple. Everything is about the user, because in the case of city government, the user is our neighbor.

Ogle will take over the position that Chief Data Offier Tim Wisniewski formerly held, which is focused on using open data to build public-facing apps. It’s something that Wisniewski said he wants to prioritize as Chief Data Officer.

“We want to make sure we’re reaching 100 percent of Philadelphians,” instead of only the one percent that knows how to use an API, Wisniewski told Philly last month.

Ogle’s hiring is another hire from the Philadelphia tech community: earlier this summer, the City of Philadelphia hired P’unk Ave developer Gabriel Farrell as its new civic technology engineer.

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