CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - At the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS)
on September 4-5, the City of Charlottesville's Information Technology Department was presented with a Governor's Technology Award in the category IT as Efficiency Driver - Government to Citizen for their Free Meal App - a recently developed software system.
The award recognizes the innovative use of IT to improve citizen access to and service from governmental entities. Included are projects that improve citizens' electronic interaction with government, promote availability, usability and/or transparency of information, and increase public awareness and adoption of services..
Collaborating with the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, the City's Information Technology Department developed a mobile app to collect required attendance and meal distribution data associated with the free meal program. The app was developed with a game-like design to appeal to children signing in for attendance, while the simple, intuitive nature of the system also appeals to staff as it helps them easily note children receiving meals, add new children to the program and meet other data requirements, all in an efficient and easy manner. The system also includes a management console which streamlines reporting to the Federal program that helps fund the meals.
This is the third Governor’s Technology Award the City of Charlottesville’s Information Technology Department has received since 2015.