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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Launches Its Municipal Grant Finder Posted on Dec 3

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Launches Its Municipal Grant Finder

Local officials in city and town governments interact with the Commonwealth every day on a variety of matters – from accessing resources to understanding obligations and regulations. Sometimes, local officials know which persons, programs or agencies to contact at the state level to access the   …Continue Reading The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Launches Its Municipal Grant Finder

The Road to Open Data Posted on Nov 24

The Road to Open Data

The topic of Open Data is gaining significant coverage in government news. So amongst the buzz, the Commonwealth and the Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) held an open discussion to hear thoughts from the public. According to The Open Data Handbook, “open data is data   …Continue Reading The Road to Open Data

MassIT Government Innovation Contestants Pitch their Ideas Posted on Oct 23

MassIT Government Innovation Contestants Pitch their Ideas

Technology entrepreneurs pitched their ideas for government innovation on September 23, 2014 as part of the MassIT Government Innovation Competition. The competition is sponsored by MassIT, the Commonwealth’s lead state agency for technology and innovation, with support from MassChallenge, the world’s largest startup accelerator.  MassChallenge   …Continue Reading MassIT Government Innovation Contestants Pitch their Ideas

MassIT Government Innovation Competition Engages Startups Posted on Sep 2

MassIT Government Innovation Competition Engages Startups

According to the Journal of High Technology Management “innovation” is something “original” and “new,” which “breaks into the market or society.” On August 21, 2014, The Patrick Administration announced a new government innovation competition to leverage MassChallenge’s $1 million start-up competition, with a goal of helping   …Continue Reading MassIT Government Innovation Competition Engages Startups

iCatalyst: Massachusetts Innovation Engine Engages Commonwealth Employees and Constituents in Collaborative Ideation Posted on Aug 20

iCatalyst: Massachusetts Innovation Engine Engages Commonwealth Employees and Constituents in Collaborative Ideation

iCatalyst is a cloud-based tool used to spark innovation within Commonwealth secretariats and agencies. The tool creates secure, password-protected communities where peers can interact with one another through Idea Challenges. In Idea Challenges, an executive sponsor poses a question to a defined audience to gather   …Continue Reading iCatalyst: Massachusetts Innovation Engine Engages Commonwealth Employees and Constituents in Collaborative Ideation

COMMBUYS Provides New Web Platform for Commonwealth Businesses/Government Commerce Posted on Jun 23

COMMBUYS Provides New Web Platform for Commonwealth Businesses/Government Commerce

In 1997, a new web-based bid solicitation system called Comm-PASS was launched by the Commonwealth. At the time, it was considered cutting edge. Unfortunately as time progressed, Comm-PASS no longer adequately met customer demand. Accordingly, the Operational Services Division (OSD) sought to create something better.   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Provides New Web Platform for Commonwealth Businesses/Government Commerce

Developers Dive into Educational Data at the Mass EduData Challenge Kickoff Posted on Jun 3

Developers Dive into Educational Data at the Mass EduData Challenge Kickoff

The Mass EduData Challenge, a six-week open data competition, held its official kickoff event on Wednesday, May 28th at hack/reduce. This education-focused civic hacking competition challenges developers to enhance educational outcomes by leveraging public data sets maintained by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education   …Continue Reading Developers Dive into Educational Data at the Mass EduData Challenge Kickoff

MBTA App Puts Ticketing in the Palm of Your Hand Posted on Sep 23

MBTA App Puts Ticketing in the Palm of Your Hand

The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority’s (MBTA) mTicket is a first-in-the-nation mobile ticketing app which supports an end-to-end smartphone ticketing system and serves all commuter rail lines and ferries across the state. mTicket is comprised of customer-facing apps for both iOS and Android phones, conductor validation   …Continue Reading MBTA App Puts Ticketing in the Palm of Your Hand

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

MassDOT’s Accelerated Bridge Program Posted on May 8

MassDOT’s Accelerated Bridge Program

On August 1, 2007, Minneapolis’ I95 W Bridge injured 145 people and took 13 lives when it collapsed into the Mississippi River. Seeing this disaster led Governor Patrick and Massachusetts transportation officials to reexamine the health of Massachusetts’ bridges. What they found was disturbing: 61%   …Continue Reading MassDOT’s Accelerated Bridge Program