Apps of steel

March 10, 2011 at 5:51 pm 1 comment

By Peter Baeck

A month or so ago i blogged about my favourite public service apps, and praised the fixmystreet app to the sky, for letting me report potholes in the road on my way to work using my htc desire phone. Anyway, as i raised in my previous blog the big challenge is for the public sector to work with this new way of capturing knowledge and fully integrate it in to how it plans and does business.

I just came across this great article today about how this is happening in cities in the US, where authorities are really starting to not support the development of new public apps as well integrate knowledge from existing apps.

Since March, San Francisco residents have been able to let city hall know about potholes, trash and graffiti problems by using mobile apps or the Web, as well as through the more traditional (and expensive) call centers. Perhaps more important, the city encouraged developers to dive into its trove of data. The results: more than 50 privately produced mobile apps, which work on gadgets such as iPhones and Android cell phones, that track everything in San Francisco from restaurant health codes to the most popular biking routes.

The article gives some great examples of how integrating new technology can really help improve our cities and public services.

(On a slight side note, if you are interested in how invention and innovation help make cities great, you should definetely go to this free guest lecture at the LSE Triump of the city, how our greatest invention makes us richer, smarter, greener, healthier and happier)

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Coproduction and my strained finger Public Service Cooperatives and Mutuals

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. alex  |  March 10, 2011 at 6:02 pm


    We are doing this in the UK

    The winner of this 3 day event in Brighton is an App for people going out and keeping safe


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