The City of Seattle’s Innovation Advisory Council (IAC) has announced seven priority projects it will work on and has also launched a new website where citizens can track its progress.
The seven areas of focus for “Phase I” are:
- earthquake early warning system;
- earthquake damage assessment tool to make it easier to assess earthquake damage by pulling in information from multiple sources into a single system;
- homelessness data modelling system to use automation to improve reporting on homeless investments, budgets and outcomes;
- NavApp 2.0 to help the Navigation Team use data to better connect homeless people with existing services and create faster resolutions to hazardous situations;
- Affordability Portal to deliver online information and a screening tool to connect individuals and families to City of Seattle benefit programs and services;
- Youth Opportunity Portal to enable a centralized application to youth programs; and,
- Affordable Housing Search Tool.
Seattle’s Mayor, Jenny Durkan, said: “We are fortunate to have the most innovative and forward-looking companies and workers anywhere in the world right here in our backyard working with us on these projects. Working together, we are making progress. We must continue to come together towards innovative solutions within our own government to address our region’s biggest challenges, including homelessness and affordability. I am grateful to the Innovation Advisory Council members for their continued partnership and commitment to making Seattle a better, more just place to live and work.”
The Innovation Advisory Council (IAC) was launched on August 2, 2018, Mayor Durkan as a partnership between local technology talent and civic leaders to foster innovative thinking in the City of Seattle.