Projects

Text to Give Campaign

Status: In Progress

Description: This practice, although not new, would be a first for the County. As part of a County campaign to reduce panhandling and increase funding for homelessness prevention and outreach, the Innovation Program is setting up the ability for residents to donate via their mobile device. Soon residents will be able to text a keyword to a number on their cell phone and donate to the Community Foundation for Montgomery County.

Desired Outcomes: Increased funds for homelessness prevention and outreach.
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Autism Communication and Technology Pilot

Status: In Progress

Description: The pilot intends to use new methods as well as a new tablet applications currently being piloted elsewhere in the country. Some of the methods are highly reproducible and could potentially allow talented special education teachers to improve outcomes for students diagnosed with autism. A pilot program has begun this fall at Burning Tree and Carderock Springs Elementary. This project is a collaboration with Montgomery County Public Schools and their special education department.

Desired Outcomes: Improve educational outcomes for students diagnosed with autism.
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Food Truck Catalyst Pilot

Status: In Progress

Description: To address a growing business segment (Food Trucks and other mobile vendors) in the County, a work group will begin to outline a pilot program that will make public space available for food truck vendors utilizing the dataMontgomery platform.

Desired Outcomes: This project seeks to enable small business by providing them a more stable and consistent operating environment. Success would be measured by an increase in food truck operations and a decrease in complaints from brick and mortar restaurants.

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Justice Reinvestment Pilot Program

Status: In Progress

Description: In order to provide the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, Office of Management and Budget, and CountyStat with improved analytics, data collection, and performance indicators, the Innovation Program is constructing a Justice Reinvestment Pilot Program in coordination with CountyStat. Justice Reinvestment is a concept, tested successfully in other jurisdictions, that uses predictive analytics to help guide the investments made by Corrections departments.

Desired Outcomes: Near term outcomes include the ability to better track use of rehabilitation programs and, in the long term, a reduction in recidivism.
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Firefighter Wayfinding and Location Tools

Status: In Planning

Description: This project has two parts: identify applications that assist first responders in getting to an incident using modern GPS navigation tools and test a prototype that allows firefighters to be located easily during an incident.

Given the increasing number of high-rise apartment buildings in the county, this project would explore what technology currently exists that could assist in locating and monitoring firefighters in these types of buildings.

The GPS navigation tools that would assist in wayfinding could eventually replace the paper map books currently used by many first responders.

Desired Outcome: Reduce response time and improve first responder safety
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Maker Space Prototype

Status: In Progress

Description: Montgomery County Libraries, the Department of Recreation and the Innovation Program are in the planning phase of a Maker Space prototype project that seeks to enhance underutilized public space in libraries. Currently, several spaces are being looked at in Silver Spring, Bethesda, and Wheaton for this prototype. One potential non-profit tenant is in talks to be the first occupant of this prototype space.

Desired Outcomes: Increase use of public facilities
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Food Access Data, Culinary Incubation, and Farm to Freezer

Status: In Progress

Description: Working with the Montgomery County Food Council and the Office of Community Partnerships, the Innovation Program is planning a series of pilots related to food access, food data, and food recovery. Using dataMontgomery as the repository, applications can be developed that will enable food recovery, gleaning efforts, and food access. The Farm to Freezer component of this project seeks to improve gleaning efforts in the county, while the Culinary Incubator project will assess the feasibility of a food service specific business incubator that promotes economic development for new Americans with culinary skills.

Desired Outcomes: Increase food service businesses, increase the amount of food recovered, and increase in food distributed to service providers.
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Interactive Touchscreen Kiosks

Status: On hold

Description: This project would pilot the deployment of large, interactive touchscreen kiosks in dense areas of the county. These kiosks would extend County services to pedestrians in these areas and improve way finding. The kiosks can also be used to push information out to residents in the case of emergency.

Desired Outcomes: High use of the kiosks and a revenue neutral, or possibly revenue generating, program.

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Open Data Town Hall and Hackathons

Status: In Planning

Description: As part of the Open Government Roadmap, the Innovation Program is planning an Open Data Town Hall in the fall of 2013 and another solutions challenge (hackathon) in the spring of 2014.

Desired Outcomes: Improved awareness of County innovation projects and a stronger technology community

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Innovation Week

Status: In Progress

Description: A week packed full of workshops for County managers on topics ranging from open data to 3-D printing. These workshops are focused on getting our Management Leadership Service up-to-speed on trends that will change the way we govern for years to come.

Desired Outcomes: Build capacity, leverage existing innovations and challenge the status quo across county government.
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