Add this one to the “cool idea” file. I was doing some Internet browsing recently and came across a mobile application that I think has a lot of potential for local and state governments. Frankly, I hope my neighboring governments in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia are reading this.
The app is called “iBurgh” and it is billed as the first mobile application for city government. It allows iPhone users to snap a picture of an eyesore, nuisance, crime, etc in the City of Pittsburgh, attach a quick note and send the geotagged information to the city’s 311 operators. No muss, no fuss, and this will undoubtedly get citizens to engage with their city much more than in the past.
The article got us thinking about the possibilities for an application like this. While it’s currently pretty simple, the iBurgh application could easily be expanded to include other cool and useful features like city maps, weather reports, restaurant locators, parking garage locators, traffic reports, bus schedules, etc, etc. The possibilities are limitless, and with reasonable development costs, not out of the question for a city like Pittsburgh (or DC, or Baltimore, or Annapolis…).
If you’re a local or state official that happens to be reading this and the idea is appealing to you, but you’re not sure how to make it happen (or how much it might cost), we can help. Yep, we do that too!