Civic App of the Year - 2013 GovFresh Awards

Submit your nominations and vote for the app (web or native) that best fostered civic collaboration, innovation and inspiration in 2013. If the app has already been nominated, add additional info/links for judges to consider. Judges will use this information as the basis for their votes. Deadlines and judging details: awards.govfresh.com

Civic App of the Year

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  1. StreetCred

    http://www.streetcredsoftware.com/streetcred-works/

    StreetCred aggregates information from the court and the agency, and from a wide range of other law enforcement and open sources. We normalize and correlate it, running it through a series of parallel algorithms that are proprietary and unique to StreetCred. StreetCred then securely displays, on the MDT or on approved mobile devices a score which indicates the likelihood that officers will locate the fugitive at the address in StreetCred’s system, and, when they do, the fugitive will be able to pay the fines and fees associated with the warrant.

    489 votes
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    • Report-a-Pest

      HAVE YOU SEEN A NEW OR UNUSUAL PLANT OR PEST IN YOUR AREA?

      If so, you can play an important role in protecting agriculture and your environment by reporting the sighting of a plant or pest that you suspect may be a new invasive species in your area.

      CDFA HAS RELEASED THIS FREE, EASY TO USE MOBILE APPLICATION FOR CALIFORNIANS.

      http://reportapest.cdfa.ca.gov

      345 votes
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      • RecordTrac - A better way to find public records.

        RecordTrac is built on the simple but novel premise that instead of building a tool that makes it easier for people to request public records, building a tool that makes it easier for government agencies to manage the response to those requests is a better approach. Turns out it’s a win-win for both the agency AND the requester. If you make it easier to respond, the response quality and speed both go up. The inherent transparency of the application and all of its transactions are lagniappe.

        The live delployment in Oakland can be seen at http://records.oaklandnet.com

        217 votes
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        • Patchwork

          Patchwork (http://patchworkhq.com) is a simple and secure web application that uses social technology to join up professionals across public services. For example, connecting the team around the family leads to earlier interventions and better support for families. By helping professionals communicate better across organisations, Patchwork saves professionals time, supports better multi-agency working, information is shared at the right time in the right way. Patchwork is currently being used to support multi-agency working with children and vulnerable adults – but it has the potential to be used anywhere where it would help frontline staff to have visibility of the…

          205 votes
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          • Casserole Club

            http://casseroleclub.com/

            Casserole Club helps people share extra portions of home-cooked food with others in their area who might not always be able to cook for themselves.

            Like a local, community-led takeaway, members serve up meals to their neighbours, getting more people cooking fresh food while strengthening local neighbourhood relationships with every bite.

            For those who aren’t on the internet, Casserole Club helps those who are offline to order meals, connect and pair up with local people.

            Find out how Casserole Club has helped older people across the UK: http://blog.casseroleclub.com/2013/12/casserole-club-story-vijaya-and-tom/

            143 votes
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            • Expungio

              http://www.expunge.io/

              A juvenile record is a barrier to employment and education. Luckily, juvenile records can be erased through the expungement process. However, while many people qualify to have their records expunged, few people apply for expungement. This web app aims to clarify expungement, with the hope of more people getting their records erased!

              This app was created by the youth of the Mikva Challenge Juvenile Justice Council

              99 votes
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              • CityVoice: A call-in system for gathering, sharing, and understanding place-based community feedback

                CityVoice makes giving community feedback quick, easy and accessible, and turns that feedback into actionable information. It's a phone-based system that enables community members to leave both structured feedback (survey responses or votes) and unstructured feedback (voice messages) about specific locations. Community members don't need a computer, a smartphone, or even a cell phone to participate—they can listen to and leave feedback through any telephone, including a landline. The feedback is stored in a database and is distilled and directed to appropriate decision makers.

                In South Bend, it was used to collect feedback on vacant and abandoned properties from neighbors…

                49 votes
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                • Promptly: Easy text message reminders for government services.

                  Originally built for the County of San Francisco Human Services Agency, Promptly texts recipients about upcoming due dates, terminations, and other information clients need to be aware of. Promptly was the first text messaging app in the U.S. built for use by human services agencies. Promptly is designed with its users in mind: it is easy to use, convenient, and flexible. It allows agencies to use already existing data systems to send clients text messages automatically. It improves outcomes by sending simple clear messages directly to service recipients.

                  Read more at http://www.promptly.io/
                  Code for America 2013 Summit presentation: http://youtu.be/vnJIzYBdcVI

                  44 votes
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                  • GeoReporter Open311 Toolkit

                    The City of Bloomington Information & Technology Services (ITS) Department has developed a suite of lightweight digital tools called the GeoReporter Open311 Toolkit, based on the Open311 GeoReport v2 standard. Open311 is an open technical standard for creating and displaying 311 service requests through digital means (e.g. web and mobile electronic devices). The Toolkit provides governments with an effective citizen service request management system and provides residents with web and mobile tools for citizen reports such as graffiti, potholes, and more. These GeoReporter tools are open source, free, and available to any organization wishing to provide Open311-based services.

                    Bloomington’s development…

                    32 votes
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                    • Citizen budget

                      Citizen Budget (citizenbudget.com) is a web-based budget consultation app. It is a powerful tool to involve residents in decision-making processes and to demonstrate a municipality's commitment to citizen engagement. Citizen Budget has been used by 15 municipal bodis, from Edmonton, AB to Mankato, MN. This tool is both a powerful pedagogical tool that helps citizens understands how a budget works, and a consultation app to provide insightful feedback to city managers. In one app, Citizen Budget does the full loop of providing better information to citizen and gathering their their opinion. (Demonstration: http://demo.citizenbudget.com/)

                      32 votes
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                      • Get Community Payback is an open source, free native app that offers people direct engagement with government and greater visibility of work

                        This simple app lets people take a photo and geo-locate potential projects for Community Payback.
                        Available for android (and soon for i-phone) it can be downloaded here https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.gov.swmprobation.cplite&hl=en
                        Funded by Ordnance Survey via their GeoVation Challenge and developed in-house by Staffordshire & West Midlands Probation Trust, more information can be found here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-24548294
                        Suitable projects will be carried out and details will be added to a map on the Community Payback Visibility website, which can be seen here http://cpvisibility.org/getcp/

                        24 votes
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                        • OpenBudgetOakland

                          OpenBudgetoakland.com is a municipal budget transparency and discussion app. Conceived at a hackathon, we offered to help incubate and support the completion of this game changing app. It required the city to release the raw budget in a raw data format for the first time ever – a serious change in attitude from a city hall frequently seen as closed and uncooperative. In releasing this data, the city enabled the development of an incredibly powerful application that would never have been conceived of nor built in city hall. Our team has learned a lot through the launch of this app…

                          22 votes
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                          • Simpl Challenges

                            http://simpl.co/

                            Simpl Challenges is a platform designed to improve public services by connecting social innovators to local government and organisations through focused, event-based challenges.

                            Challenges are based around a question relating to a social or local issue, such as youth unemployment or Internet safety.

                            People can submit their ideas for solutions to the challenge, with the best brought forward to the final event.

                            With the Challenge and Ideas all in one place, it’s easy to stay in touch with ideas as they progress, even after the final event has finished.

                            Recent Simpl Challenges:

                            How can we make it easier for…

                            22 votes
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                            • Oakland Crimespotting http://oakland.crimespotting.org/#lon=-122.270&lat=37.806&dtend=2013-12-10T23:59:59-07:00&zoom=14&dtstart=2013-12-03T2

                              App enhances community awareness and helps neighbors, citizens, community leaders understand crime trends by looking at types of crime by region over time.

                              9 votes
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                              • 8 votes
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                                • 100 Missouri Miles

                                  http://www.100missourimiles.com

                                  The purpose of the 100 Missouri Miles Challenge is to promote public health and outdoor recreation to all Missourians through a unique “Challenge” aimed at increasing participation on Missouri’s award winning trail system by providing a unique and fun experience. The program encourages citizens to go outdoors and complete 100 miles of outdoor physical activity by the end of the year.

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                                  • WindyGrid: A Situational Awareness Tool for Cities

                                    WindyGrid is a geospatial application that makes Chicago’s municipal data easily and strategically accessible, all on one map interface. The app allows municipal employees to see 911 and 311 calls, City asset and transportation activity, and even tweets, among other data—all in real time. In 2013, WindyGrid expanded to municipal departments citywide. It has been a crucial interoperability tool for monitoring and coordination during storms, other weather situations and special events. WindyGrid also ranked first in InformationWeek’s Top 10 Government IT innovators of 2013.

                                    WindyGrid is an open-source product and utilizes the NoSQL MongoDB as its back-end. It will also…

                                    3 votes
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                                    • Expungio

                                      The main purpose of the app is to give those seeking expungement of their juvenile records more accessibility to the legal resources. The app itself contains information on where kids can find their RAP sheets, along with the cost of expungement and the length of time the process takes.

                                      2 votes
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