ISD and the County of San Mateo were honored this month by winning a 2015 Technology Solutions Award from the Public Technology Institute (PTI) in the category of Data & Performance Metrics.

PTI’s Solutions Award program is a very prestigious award program, in existence for more than 30 years. This annual award program actively seeks solutions that solve real problems, create a sense of team/collaboration, and are replicable. The Technology Solutions Awards recognize local governments that use technology to improve service delivery, reduce costs and generate revenue. San Mateo County won the award for using technology to foster open government and community engagement.

From the abstract of the award entry:
San Mateo County utilizes the opportunity to become a data-driven organization and engage citizens with technology through its performance reporting and open data programs. Taking advantage of its geographic location in Silicon Valley and its residents’ expectations around technology, San Mateo County reports its progress toward reaching its visionary and departmental goals as well as providing financial accountability for its tax-funded programs.

Along with performance measurement, the County has established a robust open data program that seeks to broadly share high quality, authoritative data about the County with the public. This data is accessed via the County’s open data portal where application developers, data scientists, as well as novice web users can find and use the County’s data. The County values technological innovation around data and seeks to engage a broad data user base through community outreach and engagement to increase resident participation in County government and help improve the lives of all its residents.

Those individuals honored for this award include:

  • Reyna Farrales, Deputy County Manager for Performance Management, County Manager’s Office
  • Jon Walton, Chief Information Officer, Information Services Department
  • Beverly Thames, Content & Collaboration Manager, Information Services Department
  • John Ridener, Open Data Community Liaison, Information Services Department

Here is ISD’s John Ridener accepting the award on behalf of the County:

You can see all award winners here: http://www.pti.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=229&TargetID=9