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Philly311’s new chief wants to get city agencies to use more data civic

Sep. 24, 2018 7:26 am

Philly311’s new chief wants to get city agencies to use more data

On the first floor of City Hall, 60 employees handle 800,000 cases a year. There’s “a lot of room for growth” on how the city can put that data to work, says Executive Director Graham Quinn.
Philly CIO: Smart-city initiatives can ‘help build trust in government’ civic

Sep. 18, 2018 1:25 pm

Philly CIO: Smart-city initiatives can ‘help build trust in government’

Mark Wheeler's version of a “smart city” is one that better understands the needs of its citizens. Here are a few takeaways from a Tuesday discussion hosted by the Knight Foundation.
City government looks to replace aging software by year’s end civic

Sep. 18, 2018 12:12 pm

City government looks to replace aging software by year’s end

Payroll, benefits and other software platforms written in obsolete code will get rolled into a single new platform by year's end. Might it help stem the city's spending mishaps?
Draw the Lines PA wants you to fix the state’s gerrymandered electoral map civic

Sep. 17, 2018 11:02 am

Draw the Lines PA wants you to fix the state’s gerrymandered electoral map

You can even win some cash doing so. It's democracy, gamified.
New site from Pa. Treasury Dept. tracks down lost military medals civic

Sep. 11, 2018 9:11 am

New site from Pa. Treasury Dept. tracks down lost military medals

“We want to crowdsource getting these medals back where they belong,” said Treasurer Joe Torsella.
Interim CIO Mark Wheeler named permanent head of Philly OIT civic

Sep. 10, 2018 12:59 pm

Interim CIO Mark Wheeler named permanent head of Philly OIT

Technical.ly spoke to Wheeler about his vision for the tech department and how he plans to bring top talent into city government. “Think of it like the Peace Corps,” he said.
What’s the latest on the KOP rail project? civic

Aug. 23, 2018 9:54 am

What’s the latest on the KOP rail project?

This Sept. 18 webinar with SEPTA's Elizabeth Smith has all the details.
Phila.gov is officially out of beta mode. Here’s what’s changed civic

Aug. 14, 2018 12:50 pm

Phila.gov is officially out of beta mode. Here’s what’s changed

Beta no more: The new site has improved mobile usability and a simpler content structure. It's also cloud-based. “This not a big reveal, but rather a compilation of small reveals” said Chief Data Officer Tim Wisniewski.
How the Eagles Super Bowl win helped Philly FUNDamentals raise $413K for public schools civic

Aug. 1, 2018 12:58 pm

How the Eagles Super Bowl win helped Philly FUNDamentals raise $413K for public schools

Sales from underdog T-shirts and other contributions helped Philly FUNDamentals exceed its first-year goal by 3x.
Can city government use the tech community to lift Philadelphians out of poverty? civic

Jul. 31, 2018 1:26 pm

Can city government use the tech community to lift Philadelphians out of poverty?

Over the past seven weeks, the Tech Industry Partnership — a group of about 30 tech stakeholders — has been meeting with the city's Office of Workforce Development. Here's their mission (and how they want to get there).

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