PANEL: Mayor Emanuel’s Digital Trio

Today I moderated a panel with two members of the Mayor’s administration. Here’s the description:

Upon taking office in May 2011, Mayor Emanuel created two new positions in his office: Brett Goldstein as Chief Data Officer and Kevin Hauswirth as Director of Social Media. These two work to ensure that data-driven decision making, technology advancements and public engagement are at the core of Emanuel’s drive to make City government more transparent, accountable and efficient. This panel discussion will be the first time Goldstein and Hauswirth have shared the stage to talk about Chicago’s digital work and where the City is headed. The conversation will be moderated by Daniel O’Neil, Executive Director of the Smart Chicago Collaborative, a civic organization devoted to making lives better in Chicago through technology.

We talked about how data affects policy (and the other way around), as well as the general process behind publishing social media content by the Mayor’s office. The third person in the trio– Chief Technology Officer John Tolva– was unable to attend because he was at the White House being recognized as a Champion of Change.

Here’s a shot from the crowd:

At the Digital Trio Panel for Social Media Week Chicago 2012

Chicago Code for America Open311 Project

Today was a big day at the Smart Chicago Collaborative– we took part in the launch of the Open311 project with Code for America and the Mayor’s Office. Here’s a snip from our blog post on the subject:

The Smart Chicago Collaborative helped write the application for Chicago to become a Code for America city focused on complying with the Open311 standard, and we have funded this project from the start.  John Tolva, Chicago CTO and Smart Chicago Advisory Committee member, has been deeply supportive of the project and has shepherded it through to completion. Chicago Chief Data Officer and Commissioner of the Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) Brett Goldstein, along with Director Danielle DuMerer, has been instrumental in getting this project done, as were others at DoIT and people at Motorola Solutions and Connected BitsAudrey Mathis, Director of 311 Services, has been great to work with as well.

None of this would be possible without Code for America, the ground-breaking organization founded and led by Jennifer Pahlka. The amount of work achieved under this grant is kind of stunning:

  • 311Labs: A space where your dreams of the possiblities of 311 data can become a reality!
  • The Daily Brief:  Explore and filter 311 service requests by neighborhood, service name, and status
  • Open311 Status: a site that shows if Open311 APIs are down or have performance issues, and provides Public APIs uptime, comprehensiveness and citizen utilization
  • Civiz: A polyglot Platform as a Service civic application
  • Civics Garden: Reflect, record—and be reminded of—your civic deeds and contributions
  • And all the normal code, design, documentation, and logo contributions you’d expect when you suddenly find yourself in front of smart Web people who can get things done

Here’s a snip from the Sun-Times article on the launch:

The service-tracker technology was developed by Chief Technology Officer John Tolva and Innovation and Technology Commissioner Brett Goldstein in partnership with Code for America. The program is being funded by a $300,000 grant from The Chicago Community Trust’s Smart Chicago Collaborative.

Here’s a shot of us working on the project with the Mayor and his staff late last year:

Code for America Fellows, Smart Chicago, Chicago CTO, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel