Academy Recap: Complex Systems

The third cohort of the Academy for Municipal Innovation kicked off in October 2015. This is a blog series written by participants about their experiences in the program. Today’s author is Alex Shirreffs, Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator in the Department of Public Health. How many innovators does it take to re-boot a Power Point projection? Zero… even innovators have to call IT…

Innovation as a Practice of Patience

As a member of the inaugural cohort in the Academy for Municipal Innovation in 2014, I learned a lot about what innovation is and how to think about my work with the City differently. Soon after graduating from the Academy, a colleague and fellow Academy grad, Moria Miller, and I were able to apply some lessons on…

Philadelphia Bridges the Digital Divide with KEYSPOT

This is a guest post from Ben Burenstein, KEYSPOTS Program Administrator  When the Office of Innovation and Technology and its partners set out to increase digital inclusion in 2010 by creating open-access computing centers called KEYSPOTS, we made sure to work with organizations throughout the city that were already known for their commitment to Philadelphia’s neediest…

Office of Innovation and Technology Honored in CIO100 for Integrating Open Data and Digital Inclusion

Open data and digital inclusion efforts are two important components in a municipal IT portfolio. Both working to increase access to information and technology, the efforts have a mutually beneficial relationship. Despite this, these initiatives often remain separate in strategy and implementation. Earlier this month, the Office of Innovation and Technology was honored in CIO…

alpha.phila.gov – Update #6: Accessibility

It’s important for alpha.phila.gov to be accessible for anyone regardless of physical ability, so we’ve collaborated with the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University to better understand the subject. Program Coordinators Jamie Paoli and Jule Ann Lieberman were kind enough to give us a firsthand account of how legally blind people find information on the…

Adding Socrata to the Mix

Four years ago on April 25, 2011, Philadelphia’s technology community launched OpenDataPhilly, a central clearinghouse of datasets pertaining to Philadelphia produced by government, nonprofit organizations, universities, and others. A year later, Mayor Nutter signed an executive order on open government and prioritized open data within the administration. Housing the new open data program within the…