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July 2018 Newsletter

Smart Cville promotes the use of technology and data to help communities find innovative solutions by facilitating the exchange of ideas between civic institutions and citizens.

In this issue:

  • Join a Project Team Today!
  • JAUNT Fixed Route App Project Announced
  • From the Archives: Civic Innovators Create Rivanna Trails App
  • Become a 2019 Community Sponsor!

Join a Project Team Today!

Are you a technologist, designer, developer, or data scientist and want to get involved in civic-oriented projects? Take a look at our current project teams. We are also organizing three new project teams based on ideas from the Civic Innovation Day.

Your skills are in-demand! Contact us to sign-up or request more information. Project Teams tend to work asynchronously and leverage technology, like Slack, to get stuff done, it's a great opportunity to contribute to your community.

JAUNT Fixed Route App Project Announced

Speaking of Project Teams, we're excited to be working with JAUNT to help them develop a mobile application that supports data-driven decision making at the organization. See below or click here to learn more.

"JAUNT, Inc. is a regional public transportation system providing service to the citizens of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa, Nelson, Buckingham, and Amherst Counties, as well as Charlottesville. Organized in 1975, JAUNT is recognized statewide and nationally for the high quality of its efficient service and driver training. While JAUNT is primary a demand-response service, it also has fixed route services.
The JAUNT team would like to transition from it’s current hand written data collection to an app-based service that can automate processes. This project team will work on a front-end Android app, backend administrative panel, and data piping between the new and existing services. This project will be contributed to the open source community for others to use and modify for similar purposes upon completion."

From the Archives: Civic Innovators Create Rivanna Trails App

A year ago we profiled a inspiring couple who saw a community need as an opportunity to become civic innovators. Still an interesting read today!

"No app development experience? No problem! Civic innovators Amy and Stuart Ferguson saw a local challenge: how can we make it easier for people, especially first time users, to navigate and enjoy the Rivanna Trail? Their answer: leverage technology to create an app … and despite having no app development experience … they did just that. We believe this project and other types of civic innovation has the potential to improve our community in meaningful ways and we’re eager to support and promote the new tool. So we asked Amy and Stuart a series of questions about their journey to inform and inspire! If you know of other civic innovators who we should profile, please let us know!"

Read the entire blog post.

Become a 2019 Community Sponsor!

As we move into the second half of 2018, we're planning for an exciting 2019! If you'd like to learn about how your business can become a community sponsor in 2019 (see our current sponsors below), please contact us! We're in need of supports to help us run the following initiatives:
  • Our first hire: a part-time program manager
  • The 3rd Civic Innovation Day
  • Civic innovation workshops and courses
  • Programming related to IoT and Smart Cities

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