Academy Recap: Integrated Design Thinking

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 Amanda Wagner, Customer Service Programs Strategist in the Managing Director’s Office.  Within the initial two classes of the Innovation Academy the same statement has been reiterated: city…

Philadelphia Wins First in 2015 Digital Cities Survey

The City of Philadelphia was awarded first place in the Center for Digital Government (CDG) 2015 Digital Cities Survey. The annual survey recognizes cities using technology to improve services and boost efficiencies. Philadelphia was recognized by CDC judges for its efforts in building a citizen-centric website, a successful open data and analytics program, and a…

Dive Deeper Into the City’s Budget

This past March, the City of Philadelphia released its Open Budget tool, a top-down visualization of Mayor Nutter’s budget proposal to City Council. The data release was unprecedented in Philadelphia; the tool allowed users to drill-down through the proposed budget by funding source, department, and expense-type. The data was also available in a downloadable open…

Academy Recap: The Jeffersonian Dinner

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 Ellen Hwang, Program Manager for Innovation Management in the Office of Innovation and Technology.  As I sat in my first class in the Academy for Municipal Innovation…

Who Said Government Couldn’t Do Consulting?

This is a guest post from Eliza Pollack, Program Manager for Innovation Management in the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology. When I got a phone call from the University of Pennsylvania’s Office of Alumni Relations last March asking if they could host their annual staff retreat in the City’s Innovation Lab, I…

Putting Data into Practice for Sustainability Initiatives

As part of Code for Philly’s Apps for Philly Sustainability hackathon this last weekend, tech-savvy students and established developers broke into teams to draft online or apps-based tools to support sustainability efforts. After teams presented their projects, a panel of experts in technology, sustainability, and social impact gave feedback and suggestions on how to further…

Crash Data & Oodles of Water Data Released for Sustainability Hackathon

Ten new data sets and three data refreshes have all been released just in time for the Apps for Philly Sustainability event this weekend. Many data sets come from the Philadelphia Water Department, highlighting the department’s work in Green Stormwater Infrastructure along with locations of infrastructure and information about rainfall. Water Department Green Stormwater Infrastructure…