Tuesday, June 7, 2011

City wins Digital Alberta Award for Civic Election 2010 iPhone app

The City of Calgary has won a Digital Alberta Award in the Government 2.0 category for their 2010 General Election iPhone App.

“This is our fourth award for innovation in digital communications in the last 12 months and we are so pleased we can continue to communicate with Calgarians in new and effective ways in addition to our traditional channels,” said Cindy Pickett, Director of Customer Service & Communications. “The best part is we have more apps currently in the works and more innovative websites to be delivered that we’re all really excited about.”

The app, which was co-developed by Purple Forge, was downloaded over 4,000 times and was the 8th most popular social network app in Canada. It told people where to vote, when voting stations were open and who the candidates were. The app also pulled election news and conversations from various media and social media platforms.

“We were thrilled with how popular this app was,” said Jacob George, who led the team responsible for creating the app. “With the high mobile penetration in Calgary, we wanted to give Calgarians the option to receive City information on their channel of choice.”

Six apps have been created to date with three currently available to the public on iPhone, Android and BlackBerry platforms at calgary.ca/mobileapps.

The City was also nominated in the Government 2.0 category for a Road Conditions Map that told users which streets have been cleared of snow in real-time.

According to their website, The Digital Alberta Awards is a program designed to recognize leaders in innovation, creativity and the evolving digital media sector in Alberta.

To download City of Calgary mobile apps please visit calgary.ca/mobileapps.

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