Office of Innovation and Technology recognized for Open Data and digital access and inclusion efforts 

Philadelphia, June 16, 2015 –  The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology was selected as one of CIO magazine’s CIO 100, an annual awards program that recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology, for its Open Data and digital access and inclusion efforts. 

“From the early days of our Administration, we have been committed to being an effective, efficient, modern government that used technology and innovation principles to improve service delivery,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter.  “I want to congratulate Adel Ebeid and the entire Office of Innovation and Technology team on this impressive distinction.

The CIO 100 cited the Office of Innovation and Technology’s focus on Open Data, including releasing 190 data sets to the public through the OpenDataPhilly portal, creation of civic technology tools, like the Philadelphia Property Search and AVI Calculator, and its digital inclusion and access efforts, specifically through the KeySPOTs Computer Centers that have served more than 750,000 clients, as reasons for the Office of Information and Technology to be named a CIO 100.

“For 28 years now, the CIO 100 awards have honored the innovative use of technology to deliver genuine business value,” said Maryfran Johnson, Editor in Chief of CIO magazine & Events.  CIO magazine is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group.  She continuted, “Our 2015 winners are an outstanding example of the transformative power of IT to drive everything from revenue growth to competitive advantage.”

Chief Innovation Officer Adel Ebeid said, “We appreciate this recognition because it credits our entire organization and isn’t typically awarded to government. One reason we’ve been able to advance public facing initiatives like open data and digital inclusion is that we’ve strengthened our internal capacity to provide day-to-day technology support for city departments, and that’s a credit to our whole organization.” 

The CIO 100 Symposium and Awards Ceremony, which will recognize executives and officials from winning entities, will be held on August 11, 2015 at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 


About the CIO 100

Recipients of this year’s CIO 100 Award were selected through a three-step process. First, companies filled out an online application form detailing their innovative IT and business initiatives. Next, a team of external judges (many of them former CIOs) reviewed the applications in depth, looking for leading-edge IT practices and measurable results. Finally, CIO editors reviewed the judges’ recommendations and selected the final 100.  Coverage of the 2015 CIO 100 Awards will be available online at on August 1, 2015 and in the August issue of CIO magazine.

About CIO

CIO is the premier content and community resource for information technology executives and leaders thriving and prospering in this fast-paced era of IT transformation in the enterprise. The award-winning CIO portfolio–,CIO magazine (launched in 1987), CIO executive programs, CIO strategic marketing solutions, CIO Forum on LinkedIn, CIO Executive Council and CIO primary research—provides business technology leaders with analysis and insight on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT’s role in achieving business goals. Additionally, CIO provides opportunities for IT solution providers to reach this executive IT audience. The CIO Executive Council is a professional organization of CIOs created to serve as an unbiased and trusted peer advisory group. CIO is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events, and research company. Company information is available at

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