Recently, it was announced that the Philly311 Mobile App was a finalist for a Savvy Award in the category of “Most Innovative Communication.”
For the past 25 years, the City-County
Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) has received over 10,000 entries for the Savvy Awards, creating a collection of best practices and benchmarks for local government communications efforts. This year’s awards consist of 31 categories.
Savvy Award winners will be announced on September 5, 2013 at 3CMA’s annual conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The Philly311 Mobile App is no stranger to awards. In December 2012, the Philly311 Mobile App won City Paper’s 2012 Big Vision Award in the category of Government and Politics. This past May, the app was named a “Significant Achievement” in the Public Technology Institute’s Technology Solutions Awards. (The City of Philadelphia won the PTI’s Geospatial Information Systems award too.)
As 3CMA focuses on communication efforts, it makes sense that the Philly311 Mobile App was named a finalist. In just 11 months, the app has changed the way Philadelphians can interact with city government. Not only can users send service requests from their smart phones, but they can also view and comment on requests made by their neighbors. In terms of innovation, the app has added a Licenses and Inspections widget so that users can view specific property history. The app has also added an Election Day widget which allows users to look-up their polling location, voting rules and view candidate information. In cases of extreme weather, widgets have been added to provide users with a list of available resources. The app is the first of its kind to translate to 16 different languages.
To download the Philly311 Mobile, click here. If you’ve already downloaded, stay tuned for an update on the Savvy Awards in September.