When the Fellowship team in Atlanta met with Mayor Reed at the beginning of their Fellowship year, he identified three areas where improved technology could help foster better communications between citizens and government: the courts, city infrastructure, and transparency. With these considerations in mind, the ambitious Fellows are building several tools:
ATLCourt, a new, user-friendly Atlanta municipal court website, allows citizens to look up their court cases, pay citations online, and get reliable answers to frequently asked questions.
CourtBot. Instead of traveling to the courthouse and standing in line — sometimes for hours — the 200,000 Atlanta residents who receive traffic tickets each year can now text their citation number to get information on how to pay the ticket or get information and reminders about their court dates.
ATL Procurement. Another of the Atlanta team’s project is to raise the quality of vendors who contract with the city by increasing transparency and accessibility in the procurement process. In their research, they found that Atlanta receives responses from the same core group of suppliers, suggesting the need to reach out to a greater, more diverse market. By streamlining the process by which vendors submit their project proposals, as well as opening up data about purchasing and forecast through a widget and API, the Atlanta team hopes to increase competitiveness in the vendor market, thereby raising the quality of government contractors while saving taxpayers money.
Meet the team:
Sam is a user experience researcher and designer, most recently with NASA where he led an effort to redesign the 1990s era systems aboard the International Space Station with modern iPad and iPhone apps. Previously, he worked to create Palm's webOS and TouchPad tablet. He holds a Masters in Human-Computer…
Tiffani pursues better living through software. She founded Pencil You In, enabling businesses as far away as Australia to operate more efficiently by accepting appointments online. Tiffani is a front and back-end developer working primarily with Ruby on Rails and iOS. Her latest work includes determining how to take full advantage of …
Community Partners: Atlanta Committee for Progress
Follow the Fellows' progress on their blog Will Code for Peaches