District's CTO Gets Award
Vivek Kundra, the chief technology officer for the District of Columbia, was named Government IT Executive of the Year Friday by the Tech Council of Maryland.
Kundra won the award for "advancing government accessibility and transparency through technology," according to a news release. Through the city's Web site, Kundra has provided real-time data feeds that allow citizens to access the information the government collects, such as crime reports and construction projects.
Last month, Kundra launched the "Apps for Democracy" contest, which asked developers to create applications for the Web and mobile devices that allow citizens to access the data in creative ways. Forty-seven apps were submitted by citizens, organizations and private companies.
Kundra has also used many Google applications, like Google Maps, to help improve efficiency of government employees.
Will the new yet-to-be-named federal CTO take some cues from DC?
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