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Category Archives: Mobile Devices & Apps

Mass EduData Challenge Marks its Third Week Posted on Jun 24

Mass EduData Challenge Marks its Third Week

The Mass EduData Challenge, an education-centered civic data challenge, just completed its third week. Since the May 28th launch at Cambridge hacker space, hack/reduce the challenge has seen a steady increase in participants. The goal of the challenge participants is to enhance educational tools and   …Continue Reading Mass EduData Challenge Marks its Third Week

2013 Annual Report of the Office of the Government Innovation Officer (OGIO) Posted on Dec 12

2013 Annual Report of the Office of the Government Innovation Officer (OGIO)

The last year has been productive and exciting for the Patrick administration as we have moved forward on our innovation agenda within Massachusetts state government. During Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13), the following activities were completed: Assessed needs and “opportunities for innovation” among the Commonwealth executive   …Continue Reading 2013 Annual Report of the Office of the Government Innovation Officer (OGIO)

“Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) Gives Users More Choices Posted on May 30

“Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) Gives Users More Choices

In response to the growing prevalence of mobile devices in our workforce, the Information Technology Division (ITD) for the Commonwealth has introduced its Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. BYOD means that employees can use their personal phones to connect to computing resources while at   …Continue Reading “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) Gives Users More Choices

Building Performance Management and Innovation at MassDOT Posted on May 8

Building Performance Management and Innovation at MassDOT

In June 2009, Governor Deval Patrick signed Chapter 25 of the Acts of 2009, which consolidated several state offices into the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.  To streamline planning and promote performance management and innovation, MassDOT re-launched its Office of Performance Management and Innovation (OPM&I) in   …Continue Reading Building Performance Management and Innovation at MassDOT

MCCA’s Innovative Tech Creates World-Class Venues Posted on May 2

MCCA’s Innovative Tech Creates World-Class Venues

An event like PAX East brings with it some of the most technologically savvy clients and attendees in the meetings and convention industry. Internet connections on the wireless system at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) typically spike to record levels, and exhibitors require   …Continue Reading MCCA’s Innovative Tech Creates World-Class Venues

Pax East Showcases MA’s Digital Gaming Industry Posted on May 2

Pax East Showcases MA’s Digital Gaming Industry

I’m standing in the middle of the Boston Convention and Events Center staring at a “Plants vs. Zombies” booth surrounded by people, thinking my 9-year-old was missing-out. Out of nowhere, someone slaps something on my wrist. I look down and see a red snap bracelet.   …Continue Reading Pax East Showcases MA’s Digital Gaming Industry

Community Innovation Challenge: Incenting Creativity at the Local Level Posted on Apr 23

Community Innovation Challenge:  Incenting Creativity at the Local Level

One of the core components of the Commonwealth’s Innovation approach is to encourage a culture of innovation at all levels of government.  Community Innovation Challenge (CIC) Grants are competitively awarded to municipal governments who seek to change the way they do business. Lieutenant Governor Murray   …Continue Reading Community Innovation Challenge: Incenting Creativity at the Local Level

Commonwealth Website Evolves for a Mobile World Posted on Feb 25

Commonwealth Website Evolves for a Mobile World

The overarching goal of Mass.gov is to enable the Commonwealth’s constituents to easily find, learn about and access state services. To do this effectively, Mass.gov’s staff periodically reviews how to best deliver information.  After all, technologies which were once cutting-edge, look quaint in hindsight. (Nostalgia   …Continue Reading Commonwealth Website Evolves for a Mobile World