Philadelphia, August 26, 2013 – The City of Philadelphia announced the winner of the Philly311 Widget contest: the After School Programs Widget. The widget, created by Chris Alfano, is a directory of after school programs. Through this open source application, users can browse available after school programs and activities throughout the city. The widget will officially be adopted by the City of Philadelphia and be distributed to the 15,000 users who have downloaded the Philly311 Mobile App. There is no monetary compensation for winning the contest.
The data powering the directory will be provided by the After School Activities Partnership (ASAP), which curates data from hundreds of after school program providers. Using ASAP’s information will bring a central and robust directory to any parent’s or caregiver’s smartphone.
The contest was originally announced on May 15th and called for civic coders and community activists to submit ideas for a new widget on the Philly311 Mobile App. The City received five submissions. Winners were chosen by Philly311, the Office of Innovation and Technology and Public Stuff. Now that the winner has been selected, the Philly311 Mobile App team will begin to work with Chris and ASAP to begin implementation.
Chris Alfano is the Co-Founder and CTO of Jarvus Innovations and is also a Code for Philly Brigade Captain.
More information about other submissions can be found at www.phillyinnovates.com.