Teams of generous volunteers — first rate engineers and product managers with day jobs at tech giants like Google and Twitter — build impressive softgware to improve city life. They’ll offer it to city staff, residents, and visitors. Their products work, and they’re free. What could go wrong?
Two things, says Dr. Mouwafac Sidaoui, whose work takes him deep into such civic tech for cities. He’s the department chair and professor of business analytics and information systems at University of San Francisco. He and his team help cities make use of their data, such as across the bay in Oakland.… Read the rest “Are city staffs ready for civic tech?”