Instead of traveling to the courthouse and standing in line sometimes for hours, the 200,000 Atlanta residents who receive traffic tickets each year can now text their citation number to get information on how to pay the ticket or get reminders about their court dates.
When the Fellowship team in Atlanta met with Mayor Reed at the beginning of their Fellowship year, he identified three areas where improved technology could help foster better communications between citizens and government: the courts, city infrastructure, and transparency. With these considerations in mind, the ambitious Fellows are building several tools:
ATLCourt, a new, user-friendly Atlanta municipal court website, allows citizens to look up their court cases, pay citations online, and get reliable answers to frequently asked questions.
CourtBot. Instead of traveling to the courthouse and standing in line sometimes for hours the 200,000 Atlanta residents who receive traffic tickets each year can now text their citation number to get information on how to pay the ticket or get information and reminders about their court dates.
ATL Procurement. Another of the Atlanta teams project is to raise the quality of vendors who contract with the city by increasing transparency and accessibility in the procurement process. In their research, they found that Atlanta receives responses from the same core group of suppliers, suggesting the need to reach out to a greater, more diverse market. By streamlining the process by which vendors submit their project proposals, as well as opening up data about purchasing and forecast through a widget and API, the Atlanta team hopes to increase competitiveness in the vendor market, thereby raising the quality of government contractors while saving taxpayers money.