City of Atlanta's First Govathon Presents New and Innovative Concepts to City Officials
The City of Atlanta, in partnership with Startup Atlanta, hosted the first citywide Govathon on Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23. Govathon attracted more than 150 programmers, developers, designers and community stakeholders for a marathon “hackathon” with the goal of developing applications and tools to enhance city services.
“The caliber of work presented at Govathon was truly impressive, cementing Atlanta’s reputation as a top city for innovation,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “By bringing together the talent in Atlanta’s technology community, we can better serve our city residents and enhance government services.”
City leaders and community members presented projects to Govathon volunteers, who worked in teams to build original applications based on data and information provided by city departments. Proposals included an application to report potholes and a database of public spaces available for community events.
After working almost 20 hours on Friday and Saturday developing prototypes for their projects, teams presented their work to a panel of judges.
Three teams were presented with top honors at an awards ceremony on Saturday. The winning teams were:
- First place: Crime Blotter, an application that provides incident reports and crime maps based on crime data by type and neighborhood. Provides digital copies of police incident reports that can be shared via e-mail.
- Second place: Park Find, an application that helps people search the 352 Atlanta parks not merely by location, but by amenity, e.g. picnic tables, tennis courts, etc. Users can, for example, filter for dog-friendly parks, or those with playgrounds.
- Third place: Curbb, an application that uses an NFC (Near Field Communication) RFID tag or QR code, so that motorists can feed a parking meter from their smart phone. Even more helpful, the app delivers a mobile notification before the meter time expires. Users can then head back to their car, or refill the meter from their phone.
The judging panel included: Councilman Kwanza Hall, Atlanta City Council; Cinda Herndon-King, director at Atlanta CareerRise; Michelle Morgan, founder of HUB Atlanta; Blake Patton, interim general manager at Atlanta Technology Development Center; and Paul Judge, a local entrepreneur.
“Govathon proved to be an extremely successful event, attracting some of Atlanta’s top talent,” said Dr. Eloisa Klementich, managing director business development at Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development agency. “Our volunteers worked together to use their skills and creativity to make the quality of life in Atlanta even better.”
City officials will evaluate all applications to determine feasibility and will continue to work with teams on possible implementation and next steps.