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November 19, 2018

Philadelphia Chief Data Officer Tim Wisniewski Steps Down

Wisniewski has been in the city's CDO for more than four years. His departure comes as the city looks to restructure the Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation.

November 19, 2018

Callyo’s i911 Gives Caller’s Location to First Responders

The police tech startup’s website aims to skirt outdated infrastructure that doesn’t give public safety professionals accurate location data. The technology can use cellphone GPS to help locate the caller.

November 19, 2018

Daro Mott Departs Louisville's Performance Improvement Office

The outgoing chief has accepted the role of vice president of process and execution for Farm Credit Mid-America after leading tech efforts in the city dating back to August 2016.

November 19, 2018

What comes after the Internet of Things?

Answer: The Internet of Ears.

November 19, 2018

Cities Are Rapidly Taking on Internet of Things Technology

In 2015, 61 percent of cities participating in a national survey project said they were considering the Internet of Things in their IT strategic plans. This year, that number reached above 90 percent.

November 16, 2018

Do you really need to use a computer to be a government cybersecurity official?

Answer: Apparently, not in Japan.

November 15, 2018

Washington State Names Pennsylvania CTO to Top IT Post

Interim CIO Vikki Smith, who alluded to her imminent departure in a conversation with Government Technology last week, will be succeeded by Pennsylvania Chief Technology Officer James Weaver.

November 15, 2018

What is an Alexaphone?

Answer: Alexa inside a retro telephone.

November 14, 2018

Road Assessment App RoadBotics Raises $3.9M in Seed Funding

With new funding from Hyperplane Venture Capital and other urban-tech investors, the Pittsburgh-based company plans to diversify and cover more territory.

November 14, 2018

Verizon to Fund 5G Inventions for Emergency Responders

In partnership with Responder Corp., the telecommunications giant is launching 5G First Responder Lab, a maker space in Washington, D.C., for designing and building faster communications tech for emergency situations.

November 14, 2018

How can you optimize your images for the Web?

Answer: ‘Squoosh’ them!

November 14, 2018

6 U.S. Cities Join Mastercard's Global Problem-Solving Network

The new City Possible network is made up of 16 cities across the globe, and is open to more. It's meant to help cities work together to identify common problems and the solutions to them.

November 13, 2018

What is the latest problem affecting some Lime scooters?

Answer: They are literally falling apart.

November 13, 2018

Granicus Acquires Record Management Firm SouthTech

The company has made several big mergers and acquisitions since receiving private equity money in 2016. This one brings in a company, SouthTech Systems, founded on building software for California county clerks.

November 12, 2018

What is ‘smishing’?

Answer: SMS phishing.

November 9, 2018

West Virginia Not Planning to Expand Use of Blockchain Voting

A limited pilot program for overseas military personnel and U.S. citizens used blockchain technology for secure Internet voting. It was a first-of-its-kind project, but the state isn't looking to make it the default system.

November 9, 2018

What would make the endless scrolling in Netflix apps easier?

Answer: Eye-tracking software.

November 8, 2018

How many smartphones does it take to play Pokémon Go?

Answer: 11, for one retiree in Taiwan.

November 7, 2018

How long is The Boring Co.’s demonstration tunnel?

Answer: ‘Disturbingly long.’

November 6, 2018

RapidSOS Raises $30M to Expand Emergency Data Platform

The New York-based startup’s software sends location and other data automatically from enabled devices to emergency responders. The latest funding round brings its total amount raised up to $65 million.

November 6, 2018

Did your friends vote?

Answer: Find out with these two apps.

November 5, 2018

Transit App Gets $17.5M to Help Drivers Move Beyond Cars

Transit, a startup based in Canada, wants users to find all their car-free travel options in one place. Now they've got a big chunk of money to continue that work, and a lot of it came from car companies.

November 5, 2018

If a wolf howls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

Answer: The hidden cameras in Denali National Park might be able to tell us.

November 2, 2018

Govtech Fund Goes International With Investment Partnership

The firm will collaborate with Sunstone Technology Ventures on deal-sourcing, review and investment overseas.

November 2, 2018

Which bike- and scooter-share company is getting into cars?

Answer: Lime.

November 2, 2018

Digital Cities 2018: Winners Stretch Far Beyond IT Basics

This year's winners in the Center for Digital Government’s Digital Cities Survey are finding creative ways to solve government problems with technology, pushing the envelope of what is possible in the public sector.

November 1, 2018

What percentage of Americans wish they could trade in their Halloween candy for something better?

Answer: 90 percent, according to a survey commissioned by Reese's.

October 31, 2018

Is space haunted?

Answer: Who’s to say for sure, but a new image from NASA points to ‘yes.’

October 30, 2018

What can you build to help you learn basic computer programming?

Answer: A robotic cat.

October 29, 2018

Here's How City Governments Spend Their IT Budgets

Counties and cities look fairly distinct from one another.

October 29, 2018

How much is the first piece of AI art worth?

Answer: $432,000.

October 26, 2018

Does the Internet smell?

Answer: Not yet.

October 25, 2018

Twisted light could make the Internet how much faster?

Answer: 100 times faster.

October 24, 2018

What is the latest form of biometric identification?

Answer: The way you walk.

October 23, 2018

What percentage of wildfires are started through human activity?

Answer: 80 percent.

October 22, 2018

Here's How County Governments Spend Their IT Budgets

County governments devote much more of their budgets to staff, and less to services.

October 22, 2018

What is the latest (and wackiest) plan to get rid of streetlights?

Answer: An artificial moon.

October 19, 2018

Why did Facebook build a 'war room'?

Answer: To help defend elections against misinformation.

October 18, 2018

How do you turn an iPhone XS into a time machine?

Answer: With a $6,490+ case.

October 17, 2018

What iconic dance can the SpotMini robot do?

Answer: The Running Man.

October 17, 2018

Stu Davis, Former Ohio CIO, Announces Private-Sector Job

He will help lead the public sector division of a data analytics firm.

October 17, 2018

NEOGOV Acquires HR Software Veteran High Line Corp.

It's the second acquisition for NEOGOV in the last year.

October 17, 2018

NYC Names Former U.S. CTO Advisor Kelly Jin its New Chief Analytics Officer

Jin started work Monday in the position, which has been vacant for more than a year.

October 16, 2018

How many legs does this creepy-crawly robot have?

Answer: 32!

October 15, 2018

Here's How State Governments Spend Their IT Budgets

A quick bite of the data from the 2018 Digital States project.

October 15, 2018

Gunshot Detection Company ShotSpotter Acquires Predictive Policing Software

The move puts ShotSpotter into a competitive and contentious space.

October 15, 2018

Does toilet paper have a heartbeat?

Answer: No, but your fitness tracker might think it does.

October 12, 2018

What’s the latest way to get the best DMV appointment?

Answer: Your own robocaller!

October 11, 2018

Is there anywhere this surveillance robot can’t go?

Answer: No.

October 10, 2018

Elections Management Startup EasyVote Raises $1.5M

The funding round comes from a single investment partner.

October 10, 2018

2018 Digital States Survey: A Digital Benchmark for States (Infographic)

Top-line takeaways from this year’s survey, revealing where states are on their journey to digital government.

October 10, 2018

Facebook’s latest foray into hardware focuses on what feature?

Answer: Video calling.

October 9, 2018

Transportation Startup Passport Acquires License Plate Reading Company NuPark

Passport got a big investment last year, and started looking for acquisition opportunities.

October 9, 2018

Do fish have faces?

Answer: Yes, and facial recognition tech can identify them.

October 8, 2018

This strange accessory gives any smartphone what?

Answer: A finger.

October 5, 2018

Can U.S. authorities shoot down private drones?

Answer: Not yet, but they should be able to soon.

October 4, 2018

North Dakota Adds a Chief Data Officer to Its List of Recent Hires

CIO Shawn Riley said the state has hired longtime private-sector tech executive Dorman Bazzell as its inaugural chief data officer.

October 4, 2018

Amazon’s Alexa can be hacked using the sound of what?

Answer: The sound of birds chirping.

October 3, 2018

How long has it been since a woman won a Nobel Prize in Physics?

Answer: 55 years.

October 3, 2018

What Was the ‘Presidential Alert’ All About?

The ‘Presidential Alert’ received across the country was part of a test to evaluate the readiness of federal emergency communication infrastructure.

October 2, 2018

What is HP’s newest convertible laptop made out of?

Answer: Leather.

October 2, 2018

Digital States Survey 2018: Raising the Bar

The results of this year's survey show that top states prioritize collaboration, good governance and strong citizen engagement in their use of technology to serve the public.

October 1, 2018

FirstNet Names New Acting CEO

Edward Parkinson has been named acting CEO of the First Responder Network Authority.

October 1, 2018

How accurate is this gun-detecting AI?

Answer: 99 percent.

September 28, 2018

Accela Officially Announces Collaboration with Microsoft

The provider's cloud-based solutions will be hosted on Microsoft Azure.

September 28, 2018

What is Amazon 4-star?

Answer: A brick-and-mortar Amazon store.

September 27, 2018

Massachusetts Names CyberCenter Lead, Grants to Bolster IT Workforce

Speaking at the 2018 Massachusetts Cybersecurity Forum, Gov. Charlie Baker announced new leadership for the MassCyberCenter and grants to stimulate workforce development.

September 27, 2018

What is one thing this smart lock doesn’t require?

Answer: An Internet connection.

September 26, 2018

Former San Francisco Chief Data Officer Joins Cybersecurity Company

Joy Bonaguro, who departed local government earlier this month, will be Corelight’s new head of people, operations and data.

September 26, 2018

Smarsh and Actiance Finalize Merger

The merger between the communications-focuses companies was announced Sept. 26.

September 26, 2018

A new system uses Wi-Fi to do what?

Answer: Look through walls to count people.

September 25, 2018

What is the latest way to control a drone?

Answer: With your eyes!

September 25, 2018

Chief Privacy Officers in State and Local Government (Interactive Map)

GovTech's overview of which states, cities and counties have a chief privacy officer.

September 24, 2018

How is Huawei trolling Apple?

Answer: by helping Apple customers “juice up” while waiting in line.

September 21, 2018

Georgia Cyber Center Finds Director in Former NSA Commander

Its new executive director comes directly from a career spanning nearly three decades in cyberdefense and national intelligence.

September 21, 2018

What is robotic skin?

Answer: A material that can turn ordinary objects into robots.

September 20, 2018

There’s an AI-powered lion statue in London that 'eats' what?

Answer: Words.

September 19, 2018

What can Kayak’s new AR tool tell you?

Answer: If your carry-on bag will fit in a plane’s overhead bin.

September 18, 2018

Why are you (likely) going to get a text from the president in October?

Answer: To test the national emergency alert system.

September 18, 2018

San Francisco’s First Chief Data Officer, Joy Bonaguro, Departs

San Francisco’s data efforts will be led moving forward by data services manager, Jason Lally.

September 17, 2018

How can active listening AI help improve public health?

Answer: By detecting coughs.

September 14, 2018

What can Apple’s newest smartwatch do if you fall down?

Answer: Call for help.

September 13, 2018

How high above Hurricane Florence did the International Space Station have to be in order to take a picture of the whole storm?

Answer: 400 km.

September 12, 2018

What do you call a drone-deployed sensor at the top of an active volcano?

Answer: A dragon egg.

September 11, 2018

Infiniti, an IT Company in California's Agile Vendor Pool, Has Been Acquired

InterVision, which does similar work in the managed IT-cloud services space, bought out Infiniti.

September 11, 2018

What is the latest way to operate The Boring Co.’s machines?

Answer: With an Xbox controller.

September 10, 2018

New Balance trained an AI system to identify what kind of people?

Answer: Fashionable people.

September 7, 2018

Which U.S. city just became the first to have scooters from Lyft?

Answer: Denver.

September 6, 2018

Mike Poth, Who Saw FirstNet to Fruition, Departs for Private Sector

The FirstNet Authority is well into the deployment phase for the nation's first interoperable emergency responder network.

September 6, 2018

Uber wants to turn its users’ phones into what?

Answer: Crash detectors.

September 5, 2018

One of the Largest Gov Tech Mergers Ever Now Has a Name: CentralSquare

The merger created one of the biggest companies in gov tech.

September 5, 2018

What is now helping to keep the Great Barrier Reef alive?

Answer: A starfish-killing drone.

September 4, 2018

What is the latest way to find the best fall foliage?

Answer: With algorithms!

September 1, 2018

The Status of Smart (Infographic)

Facts and figures on smart cities efforts in the U.S.

August 31, 2018

Where can you hide your password to protect your bitcoin?

Answer: In a strand of DNA.

August 30, 2018

What is a Duckiebot?

Answer: A small autonomous car for transporting rubber duckies.

August 29, 2018

Autonomous grocery delivery has come to which California city?

Answer: San Jose.

August 29, 2018

Riverside, Calif., Names Insider as New Innovation Officer

George Khalil replaces Lea Deesing, who was promoted earlier this year.

August 28, 2018

How much is this original Apple I computer expected to fetch at auction?

Answer: $300,000.

August 27, 2018

How long was a biometric scanner in use at the border before it identified a fake passport?

Answer: 3 days.

August 24, 2018

Who wants to help voters get a lift to the polls this November?

Answer: Lyft.

August 23, 2018

Are women’s pockets too small for smartphones?

Answer: Yes, yes they are.

August 22, 2018

The world’s largest aircraft will be used to launch what?

Answer: Spaceplanes.

August 21, 2018

Virtual reality technology is being used to help amputees do what?

Answer: To perceive their prosthetic limbs.

August 20, 2018

Chief Innovation Officers in State and Local Government (Interactive Map)

GovTech's overview of which states, cities and counties have added a chief innovation officer to their ranks.

August 20, 2018

Why did Ford disguise a driver as a car seat?

Answer: To develop a language for self-driving cars.

August 17, 2018

What can you do to tell this drone to take your picture?

Answer: Smile.

August 16, 2018

Why did Bird and Lime temporarily halt all e-scooter services in Santa Monica, Calif.?

Answer: To protest against a potential #LifeWithoutScooters.

August 16, 2018

Startup Providing Video Streaming and Other Information to Emergency Dispatch Raises $15M

The next-generation 911 company, Carbyne, is based in Israel but signing its first customers in the U.S.

August 15, 2018

What opens the lid on this high-tech, no-spill bottle?

Answer: Contact with your lips.

August 14, 2018

How long did it take an 11-year-old to hack the Florida Secretary of State’s Web page for reporting election results?

Answer: 10 minutes.

August 13, 2018

What will be used at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to identify certain attendees?

Answer: Facial recognition tech.

August 10, 2018

West Virginia to Extend Online Blockchain Voting Test to November

The state is the first to try the technology at such a large scale — though the number of people using the system will likely be a tiny fraction of the overall electorate.

August 10, 2018

How long does it take this AI to find Waldo?

Answer: 4.45 seconds.

August 9, 2018

Ford employees are getting a helping hand on the assembly line from what?

Answer: Robotic exoskeletons.

August 8, 2018

What is an Amish Uber?

Answer: A horse and buggy.

August 7, 2018

Seattle’s iconic Space Needle got a makeover that included what?

Answer: The world’s first revolving glass floor.

August 6, 2018

Conduent Sells Part of Its Gov Tech Business to Avenu

Conduent is staying in the public sector, but divesting itself of "non-core assets," according to the company.

August 6, 2018

How does a new skill for Amazon’s Alexa hope to deter burglars?

Answer: By playing realistic, and ridiculous, conversations.

August 3, 2018

What new method have researchers found for identifying phone users?

Answer: Tracking taps and swipes.

August 2, 2018

Where are Bird electric scooters going next?

Answer: Paris, France.

August 1, 2018

Uber is ending which part of its autonomous vehicles division?

Answer: Freight trucks.

July 31, 2018

These low-rent New York City apartments include what amenity?

Answer: Smart home tech.

July 31, 2018

Toledo, Ohio, Finds New CIO in Longtime Technologist

Anne Bennett has more than two decades of technology experience under her belt.

July 30, 2018

How many members of Congress were mistakenly identified by facial recognition tech?

Answer: 28.

July 27, 2018

Virginia Governor Appoints State's First-Ever Chief Data Officer

Carlos Rivero, who has spent his career in academia and federal government positions, will be Virginia's first CDO.

July 27, 2018

Waymo and Walmart want to make what chore easier?

Answer: Grocery shopping.

July 26, 2018

PayIt Makes Former Illinois CTO Its Chief Client Officer

Mike Wons was already serving as an adviser to the company.

July 26, 2018

What is the power source of this device charger?

Answer: Wind or water.

July 25, 2018

This kit teaches kids how to code using what?

Answer: The magic of Harry Potter.

July 25, 2018

Washington AG Prompts Facebook Ban on Discriminatory Ads

Facebook reaches an agreement with Washington State Attorney General’s office to prohibit discriminatory advertising practices on its platform.

July 24, 2018

American Airlines donated what kind of machines to the TSA?

Answer: CT scanners (sort of).

July 24, 2018

Medford, Ore., Is the Latest City Hit in Widespread Click2Gov Breach

The Oregon city is the latest affected by the breach of its online payment systems.

July 23, 2018

A new app allows Amazon’s Alexa to communicate with whom?

Answer: The deaf community.

July 20, 2018

How many times will you likely be able to drop your next phone before it breaks?

Answer: 15 times.

July 19, 2018

North Dakota Bolsters Its Leadership Ranks with New C-Suite Hires

State CIO Shawn Riley announced the hiring of two top positions within the Information Technology Department July 19.

July 19, 2018

A new art museum in Japan features what kind of works?

Answer: Digital.

July 18, 2018

What tasty treat could be used to power single-use robotic actuators?

Answer: Popcorn.

July 17, 2018

This prototype drone is as quiet as what?

Answer: A whisper.

July 17, 2018

5G on the Map

An interactive look at 5G technology across the country as covered by Government Technology.

July 16, 2018

How many wheels does this single-passenger EV have?

Answer: Three.

July 13, 2018

This robot was modified to take care of what?

Answer: A plant.

July 12, 2018

3-D-printed parts make up most of the components of this jetpack that works where?

Answer: Underwater.

July 11, 2018

What can police departments use social media for besides policing?

Answer: Challenging each other to lip sync battles.

July 11, 2018

Digital Counties Survey 2018: Winners Prioritize Culture, Collaboration and Automation

This year's winners use tech to improve government, even when the odds are stacked against them.

July 10, 2018

Former Accela Senior Vice President Joins SeamlessDocs as Its First Chief Success Officer

Angela Langston will oversee a lot of customer-centric functions at SeamlessDocs.

July 10, 2018

What did an autonomous car learn to do in just 20 minutes?

Answer: Stay in its own lane.

July 9, 2018

How much is your driving data worth?

Answer: A free cup of coffee ... if you drive a Mitsubishi.

July 6, 2018

Your next smartphone could have a fingerprint sensor that checks what?

Answer: Your temperature.

July 5, 2018

Can Yelp be forced to delete negative reviews?

Answer: No. Not yet, anyway.

July 3, 2018

This smartphone-saving case acts like what?

Answer: An airbag for your device.

July 2, 2018

Chief Data Officers: Which State and Local Governments Have a CDO?

Here's a look at who's filling the role of CDO in states, cities and counties.

July 2, 2018

What is Amazon’s latest business venture?

Answer: Pharmaceuticals.

July 1, 2018

Autonomous Vehicles: Coming to a Road Near You (If They're Not There Already)

Across the nation, states are passing autonomous vehicle legislation and in some cases these vehicles are already roaming the roads. Here’s a look at where autonomous vehicles are and where they’re going.

June 29, 2018

What is holding this portable chemical weapons detector together?

Answer: Lego bricks.

June 29, 2018

Washington State Appoints Interim WaTech Director

Gov. Jay Inslee names Vikki Smith to serve as interim director of Washington Technology Solutions (WaTech), as acting CIO Rob St. John prepares to retire June 30.

June 28, 2018

Facebook just shuttered a program that involved what popular technology?

Answer: Drones, and the Internet.

June 27, 2018

What is a high-tech solution to preventing potholes on the road?

Answer: 3-D-printing drones.

June 26, 2018

Drones on the Map

An interactive look at drone use across the country as covered by Government Technology.

June 26, 2018

China’s new underwater drones resemble what popular fictional character?

Answer: Nemo, from Finding Nemo.

June 25, 2018

Autonomous Vehicles on the Map

An interactive look at autonomous vehicle projects and policies across the country as covered by Government Technology.

June 25, 2018

How do you stop students from using the Internet to cheat on exams?

Answer: Turn it off.

June 22, 2018

The Supreme Court has ruled that states can now collect what sales tax?

Answer: Internet sales tax on online retail purchases.

June 22, 2018

Blockchain on the Map

An interactive look at blockchain use across the country as covered by Government Technology.

June 21, 2018

How many coins were stolen in a recent South Korean cryptocurrency exchange hack?

Answer: 35 billion.

June 20, 2018

Arkansas Finds Its First Chief Privacy Officer in Former Counselor

The former general counsel to the Department of Information Systems has returned, this time as the state's privacy czar.

June 20, 2018

Which major hotel chain will be putting Amazon Echo devices in its rooms?

Answer: Marriott.

June 19, 2018

Apple to Launch 911 Location Feature with iOS 12 Update

A new feature within Apple's iOS 12 update will allow 911 callers to more accurately share their location with first responders.

June 19, 2018

Amazon Shareholders Ask Company Not to Sell Facial Recognition Software to Government

Amazon shareholders came together to send a letter to CEO Jeff Bezos asking for the software not to be sold to police.

June 19, 2018

How fast can the world’s fastest electric speedboat go?

Answer: 88.6 miles per hour.

June 18, 2018

This lens for bike helmets connects you to your phone while keeping your eyes where?

Answer: On the road.

June 15, 2018

A Tesla Model X broke a Guinness World Record by towing what?

Answer: A Boeing 787.

June 14, 2018

Six Governments to Receive Technical Support from Harvard

The Harvard Kennedy School's Government Performance Lab will help six different state and local governments with pressing issues facing their communities.

June 14, 2018

Would-Be Notaries in Utah Can Now Take a Practice Exam Using Google Home

The use of AI and digital assistants is part of a larger trend for the state.

June 14, 2018

This measuring device gets rid of the tape and takes measurements with what?

Answer: Augmented reality.

June 13, 2018

First Georgia Smart Communities Challenge Selects Four Winners

Two cities and two counties in Georgia have been chosen as winners of a smart development competition.

June 13, 2018

Dogs are being trained to help law enforcement sniff out what?

Answer: Cybercrime.

June 12, 2018

New Jersey Governor Appoints State's Second Chief Technology Officer

Christopher Rein, former deputy director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell, is the state's second stand-alone chief technology officer.

June 12, 2018

This Dutch community installed streetlights that are beneficial to what creature?

Answer: Bats.

June 11, 2018

Which part of planes could be going virtual?

Answer: The windows.

June 11, 2018

Most Voting Equipment Has Been Around Longer than iPhones

Why the majority of voting systems in the U.S. are more than a decade old.

June 8, 2018

Where did Microsoft just put a data center?

Answer: At the bottom of the ocean.

June 7, 2018

NIC Co-Founder Retires, Former Tesla and Federal Government CIOs Join Board

NIC co-founder Ross Hartley has retired from the company board of directors. At the same time the board has added two new members.

June 7, 2018

Chicago Chief Data Officer Tom Schenk Departs for Private Sector

Schenk is the second chief data officer of a major city to depart government service in recent weeks.

June 7, 2018

How long did it take the world’s smallest rugged 4G smartphone to reach its funding target?

Answer: 60 seconds.

June 6, 2018

ClearGov Raises $2.25M

ClearGov has raised its total funding to $3.75 million after its second round of seed funding brought in an additional $2.25 million.

June 6, 2018

The U.S. Army has developed an algorithm that can calculate what?

Answer: How much coffee you should drink, and when, to achieve maximum alertness.

June 5, 2018

This simple location tracker works without data or Wi-Fi and has a range of how many miles?

Answer: Three miles.

June 4, 2018

Microsoft Acquires GitHub for $7.5B

The companies are pledging that GitHub will operate independently as it joins one of the largest companies in tech.

June 4, 2018

Scientists have created the first 3-D bio-printed artificial versions of what human body part?

Answer: The cornea.

June 1, 2018

The first Call for Code Challenge is a contest for apps that do what?

Answer: Help people deal with natural disasters.

May 31, 2018

Illinois House Passes Bill Making it Easier for Police to Fly Drones Above Crowds

After blocking a vote on expanded drone use on crowds, the Illinois House of Representatives has revised and approved the expansion.

May 31, 2018

The “smelldect” project aims to give future smartphones what capability?

Answer: A sense of smell.

May 30, 2018

This device can clean anything submerged in water using what?

Answer: Sound waves.

May 29, 2018

An Amazon Echo device in Portland, Ore., has been accused of doing what?

Answer: Eavesdropping.

May 25, 2018

New Douglas County, Nev., CTO Met with Network Outage

Just days after Tammy James assumed the chief technology officer position, the county experienced connectivity issues.

May 25, 2018

Can a public official block Twitter users who post criticisms of their political views?

Answer: No, according to a new federal court ruling.

May 24, 2018

Chinese police are using facial recognition technology to catch fugitives where?

Answer: At pop concerts.

May 23, 2018

The “holy grail of shipwrecks” was discovered with the help of what?

Answer: An autonomous underwater vehicle.

May 22, 2018

Which world leader has become the latest to attend an event via hologram?

Answer: Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern.

May 21, 2018

How much does the lightest e-bike for road riding weigh?

Answer: 26.2 pounds.

May 18, 2018

Two hikers and an incapacitated dog were recently rescued with the help of what?

Answer: A firefighter’s personal drone.

May 17, 2018

Where do these 'hydropanels' get clean drinking water?

Answer: Out of thin air.

May 16, 2018

Washington's Acting CIO to Retire in June

After some 33 years in state service, Rob St. John will retire June 30.

May 16, 2018

U.S. Senate Votes to Keep Net Neutrality, but an Uphill Battle Remains

The lower chamber of Congress and the White House aren't friendly to the idea of net neutrality.

May 16, 2018

Changing the color of your clothes could one day be as easy as what?

Answer: A tap on your smartphone.

May 15, 2018

Since the end of March, how many apps has Facebook suspended for potentially misusing personal data?

Answer: 200.

May 14, 2018

Map: FAA Selects 10 Cities for Drone Innovation Projects

The Unmanned Aerial System Integration Pilot Program will give the administration insights into how it might relax drone restrictions in the future.

May 14, 2018

Tyler Names New CEO, Reveals How Much It Paid to Acquire Socrata

The outgoing CEO, who will lead the company's board of directors, made a bundle on stock options as he made the change.

May 14, 2018

This in-mouth sensor measures your daily intake of what substance?

Answer: Salt.

May 11, 2018

Massachusetts Replaces from Within as First Tech Services Secretary Departs

Massachusetts' first secretary for its still-new Executive Office of Technology Services and Security is departing, and will be replaced by a member of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

May 11, 2018

The Skim Reaper is a device designed to bring death to what common fraudulent practice?

Answer: Credit card skimming.

May 10, 2018

What does Elon Musk want The Boring Company to do with all the leftover dirt from its tunnels?

Answer: Turn it into building material for low-cost housing.

May 9, 2018

Dave Weinstein, Former New Jersey CTO, Heads to Private Cybersecurity Firm

The former Gov. Chris Christie appointee has taken a spot with Claroty, a cybersecurity firm based out of New York.

May 9, 2018

One of Google Assistant’s new voice offerings belongs to which famous musician?

Answer: John Legend.

May 8, 2018

Biobot Analytics, a Startup Using Sewage to Fight the Opioid Crisis, Raises $2.5M

Ekistic Ventures led the round.

May 8, 2018

How long does it take this handheld 3-D bioprinter to form and print tissue for skin grafts?

Answer: Two minutes or less.

May 7, 2018

Map: States with CIO Changes in 2017 and 2018

There have been a lot of changes in state IT leadership in the past two years — with plenty more on the way.

May 7, 2018

A new deep learning AI can guess a person’s personality type by looking at what?

Answer: Their eye movements.

May 7, 2018

Municode Acquires Local Government Agenda and Meeting Software Company

Municode has a long history, including several recent acquisitions.

May 4, 2018

Which famous international landmark will get help in preservation efforts from Intel drones?

Answer: The Great Wall of China.

May 3, 2018

Lyft will begin offering free rides to which individuals?

Answer: Low-income people and veterans.

May 2, 2018

What does Ford’s new smart car window do for the blind and visually impaired?

Answer: It helps them to feel the view.

May 1, 2018

A new smartwatch prototype turns your forearm into what?

Answer: An interactive touchscreen.

April 30, 2018

This small, inexpensive 3-D printer can print electronics where?

Answer: Directly onto the skin.

April 27, 2018

To prevent texting while driving, Volkswagen is making cellphone cases out of what?

Answer: Metal from crashed cars.

April 26, 2018

What is the Ultra Password Cube?

Answer: A Rubik’s Cube for generating unique passwords.

April 25, 2018

Researchers used a GoPro and a set of trackers to train a deep learning algorithm to do what?

Answer: Think like a dog.

April 24, 2018

Volkswagen will market its electric vehicles by sending one where?

Answer: Racing up Pikes Peak.

April 23, 2018

This startup wants to provide real-time surveillance of what?

Answer: The entire Earth.

April 20, 2018

How many robots does it take to assemble an IKEA chair?

Answer: Two, and they’ll be done in 20 minutes.

April 19, 2018

Emergency Response Data Provider RapidSOS Raises $16M

The round included participation from Microsoft Ventures.

April 19, 2018

This device lets a person control a drone using what?

Answer: Their body.

April 18, 2018

This smart bike light allows riders to do what?

Answer: Report potholes and other road issues.

April 17, 2018

A runner in the Boston Marathon wore what kind of shoes?

Answer: 3-D printed flip-flops.

April 16, 2018

Here's What a Blockchain Property Deed Looks Like

Spoiler: It looks like a property deed.

April 16, 2018

Where is the world’s first electrified road?

Answer: Sweden.

April 13, 2018

How much will a 12-day stay at the luxury space hotel Aurora Station cost?

Answer: $9.5 million.

April 12, 2018

Dubai is piloting smart license plates that can do what if a car crashes?

Answer: Immediately alert first responders.

April 12, 2018

Bridge SF Conference Links Up with Startup in Residence

This year's Startup in Residence demonstrations will take place at the Bridge SF conference.

April 11, 2018

This heat-resistant wallpaper could turn an entire room into what?

Answer: A smoke detector.

April 10, 2018

New York City to Build Nation’s First City-Based Wireless Testbed

The innovative project will be funded with a $22.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

April 10, 2018

How will USPS let you know if you have letters coming in the mail?

Answer: By sending you pictures of them.

April 9, 2018

Map: Michigan Gets More Election Security Money Per Person than Other Big States

For the most part, the bigger states got bigger grants. But the presidential battleground state of Michigan got more money per person than other big states.

April 7, 2018

Facebook has promised to allow users to do what with their messages sent through its Messenger app?

Answer: Delete, or "unsend," them.

April 6, 2018

How do users of the AlterEgo headpiece communicate with computers?

Answer: Silently.

April 5, 2018

What will Pokemon Go users be rewarded for doing on Earth Day?

Answer: Picking up trash.

April 4, 2018

Zolnowsky Steps Down as South Dakota CIO

The Commissioner of the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications for South Dakota has retired.

April 4, 2018

What does NASA want to use to remotely explore Mars?

Answer: A swarm of robot bees.

April 3, 2018

New York City Names New Chief Privacy Officer

Laura Negrón will head up the newly formed effort to protect publicly held data in New York City.

April 3, 2018

Who will be providing personalized highlight reels for the upcoming Masters tournament?

Answer: IBM’s AI, Watson.

April 2, 2018

San Francisco International Looks to Dynamic Glass for Efficiencies, Safety

California’s second-largest airport is installing electrochromic glass that is capable of automatically lightening and tinting.

April 2, 2018

What is the latest way to prevent foot ulcers in diabetics?

Answer: With smart socks.

March 30, 2018

One Legislation Management Software Maker Invests $1.5M in Another

Propylon is putting down an investment in PrimeGov, but the nature of the transaction is fuzzy.

March 30, 2018

What will the newest Subaru Forester use to make sure drivers are paying attention to the road?

Answer: Facial recognition technology.

March 29, 2018

Who can now advertise on the navigation app Waze?

Answer: Local small businesses.

March 28, 2018

Which biological creature is the inspiration for this robot?

Answer: A cart-wheeling spider.

March 27, 2018

What is the latest industrial use for UAVs?

Answer: De-icing giant wind turbines.

March 26, 2018

This hat uses what to fool facial recognition technology?

Answer: LEDs.

March 23, 2018

How is an airport in Norway keeping the runways clear of snow?

Answer: With autonomous snowplows.

March 22, 2018

What makes the tail of this robotic fish look so realistic?

Answer: A hydraulic propulsion system.

March 21, 2018

Who can control this floating robot designed to collect trash in the Chicago River?

Answer: Anyone, via the Web.

March 20, 2018

Mark43 Announces $38M in Series C Funding

The company expects a lot of new customers this year.

March 20, 2018

What is the latest way to detect a major heart event?

Answer: With a special app.

March 19, 2018

Data Suggests One-Third of State IT Systems are Old and Broken

A new analysis sheds some light on how big the problems are and where they're the worst.

March 19, 2018

Who is Emma?

Answer: The first digital assistant for ski resorts.

March 16, 2018

Assembled in less than one day, this media lab is built out of what?

Answer: Shipping containers.

March 15, 2018

What happens when a nonprofit teams up with a construction company to end global homelessness?

Answer: A 3-D printer that can print an 800-square-foot house in under 24 hours.

March 14, 2018

What tech is being used in hospitals to help alleviate pain?

Answer: Virtual reality.

March 13, 2018

How long does it take this robot to solve a Rubik's Cube?

Answer: Just 0.38 seconds.

March 12, 2018

Which animal species has become the latest to inadvertently set up a pretty good selfie?

Answer: Penguins.

March 9, 2018

A new interface makes it possible for who to play existing car-racing video games?

Answer: People who are blind.

March 8, 2018

How much does a gold-plated iPhone cost?

Answer: About $4,000.

March 8, 2018

Smart Cities Readiness Challenge Grant Winners Announced

Four cities and the state of Virginia were named as 2018 Smart Cities Readiness Challenge Grant winners.

March 7, 2018

One hospital is using what tech to help treat Syrian war refugees?

Answer: 3-D printing.

March 7, 2018

Accela Launches Dedicated Software Products for Regulating Marijuana and Short-Term Rentals

The company is building off what it's already been working on.

March 6, 2018

There’s a robotic exoskeleton coming to the U.S. that shares a name with what fictitious AI villain?

Answer: HAL, from Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

March 5, 2018

These headphones claim to help counteract what potentially immobilizing condition?

Answer: Vertigo.

March 1, 2018

How can “dumb” windows be made smart without replacing them?

Answer: With an ultra-thin, self-regulating coating.

February 28, 2018

How does this lamp connect devices to the Internet?

Answer: With light.

February 27, 2018

BMW wants to make your smartphone double as what?

Answer: Your car key.

February 26, 2018

Estimated State IT Budgets for 2018

What is the size of the state government technology market?

February 26, 2018

A new study scans brainwaves in order to do what?

Answer: Reconstruct the face someone was just thinking of.

February 23, 2018

What kind of vehicle might your next UPS package arrive in?

Answer: A custom-built, plug-in electric delivery truck.

February 22, 2018

Who has designed and built a solar-powered tent for the homeless?

Answer: An all-female team of high school engineers.

February 21, 2018

What Is 'Cryptojacking'?

An explainer.

February 21, 2018

A new device measures a patient’s heart rate and displays the data where?

Answer: On their skin.

February 20, 2018

Scooter-Sharing Takes to the Streets

The startup Bird has an electric scooter-sharing program in Santa Monica, Calif.

February 19, 2018

How does this shocking AI device make sure a photographer takes good pictures?

Answer: By literally shocking them.

February 16, 2018

How is Twitter trying to hamper the spread of misinformation during major events?

Answer: By broadcasting local TV news channels on its platform.

February 15, 2018

How long did it take an autonomous truck to drive from Los Angeles to Jacksonville, Fla.?

Answer: 44 hours.

February 14, 2018

What just mastered opening doors for the first time?

Answer: Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robot.

February 13, 2018

To set a new world record, how many drones did Intel fly simultaneously over the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony?

Answer: 1,218.

February 12, 2018

Here's What Technology State and Local Governments Bought in 2017

A look through government tech purchasing data.

February 10, 2018

Lyft will begin allowing riders to donate to which tech-focused nonprofit?

Answer: Black Girls CODE.

February 9, 2018

What tech will be used to maintain security at the 2018 Winter Olympics?

Answer: Drones that catch other drones and a tactical plane with facial recognition.

February 8, 2018

Did Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster survive being launched into space by SpaceX?

Answer: Yes, according to live video feed that SpaceX just released.

February 7, 2018

Who is behind the latest attempt at making smart glasses?

Answer: Intel.

February 6, 2018

Iceland is getting a large cryptocurrency mine that runs on what?

Answer: 100 percent clean and sustainable energy.

February 5, 2018

What happens if Amazon's Alexa loses her voice?

Answer: Celebrities try, and fail, to fill in.

February 2, 2018

6 Celebrities, Famous People Investing in GovTech 100 Companies

Gov tech may be niche in the startup world, but it has drawn its share of star power.

February 2, 2018

How can you stop an incoming drone at more than half a mile away?

Answer: with the DroneGun Tactical handheld jamming gun.

February 1, 2018

How much did Positron raise in seed funding for its new virtual reality chair?

Answer: $1.4 million.

January 31, 2018

Illinois Releases Its First Official Government Report on Blockchain

A state task force met for four months to discuss and study the technology's potential.

January 31, 2018

What is the latest (and arguably greatest) use for deep machine learning?

Answer: dropping Nicolas Cage’s face into classic movies, of course!

January 30, 2018

These tiny robots are powered by what?

Answer: Moisture.

January 29, 2018

What causes these circuits to self-destruct?

Answer: Radio waves.

January 26, 2018

From slippers to tables to floor cushions, Nissan designed these items to do what on their own?

Answer: Go back where they belong.

January 25, 2018

Company Behind Threat Response Software Groupdolists Raises $1.5M

The seed round was led by Responder Ventures.

January 25, 2018

A Singapore university is getting an electric shuttle that takes how long to charge?

Answer: 20 seconds.

January 24, 2018

Map: Five Major Cities Suddenly Are Facing Top IT Cabinet Vacancies

There's been a sudden jump in the number of open CIO and CTO roles in big cities.

January 24, 2018

The U.S. Olympic ski team is using what tech to help them train for the upcoming Winter Olympics?

Answer: Virtual reality.

January 22, 2018

The first smartphone with a fingerprint sensor in the display will launch when?

Answer: Jan. 24.

January 22, 2018

Microsoft's newest AI is a master of what?

Answer: The arts.

January 19, 2018

How did a drone aid in rescuing two swimmers stranded off the Australian coast?

Answer: By dropping them a flotation device.

January 18, 2018

Which state recently became the first to outlaw droning under the influence?

Answer: New Jersey.

January 17, 2018

This wearable sticker changes color based on your exposure to what?

Answer: Sunlight.

January 16, 2018

A startup in France has developed a mask that protects against what percentage of urban air pollutants?

Answer: 99.8 percent.

January 12, 2018

NYCx Advisory Council to Guide Tech Program Improvements

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chief Technology Officer Miguel Gamiño, Jr. announced the NYCx Technology Leadership Advisory Council, which will advise and guide the new tech program.

January 12, 2018

BMW just set two Guinness World Records by drifting a car sideways for how long?

Answer: 232.5 miles for eight hours.

January 11, 2018

Where do you keep Linkflow's hands-free panoramic camera?

Answer: Around your neck.

January 10, 2018

A new bionic hand that can be worn outside a lab is the first to have what capability?

Answer: A sense of touch.

January 9, 2018

Electric bike-share bicycles are coming to which big city?

Answer: San Francisco.

January 8, 2018

Louisville, Ky., Hires New Head of IT

The city tapped Chris Seidt to help guide its technology infrastructure into the future.

January 8, 2018

Elucd, a Community Pollster for Police, Raises $1M Seed Round

The company's backers include Omidyar Network and the Y Combinator.

January 8, 2018

How Firefighters Use Drones

An infographic from a drone retailer provides some insight.

January 8, 2018

What is 20 inches tall, has two wheels and follows you around like a puppy?

Answer: The aptly named 90Fun Puppy 1 smart suitcase.

January 5, 2018

Government Bond Startup Raises $10M in Investment

The Series A round was led by a major financial sector player.

January 4, 2018

How might your future car be able to predict your next move while driving?

Answer: By reading your mind.

January 4, 2018

What, besides dirt, will Roombas soon be able to pick up?

Answer: Wi-Fi signals.

January 3, 2018

Which car manufacturer is using 3-D printing tech to allow customers to personalize their vehicles?

Answer: BMW's Mini division.

December 30, 2017

Beginning Dec. 31, a cyclist will ride across the country in 10 days using what?

Answer: An electric bike wheel and the Google Assistant.

December 29, 2017

A hybrid UAV set a new flight-time record by staying aloft for how long?

Answer: Four hours and 40 minutes.

December 28, 2017

Hubbell Buys Smart Meter Provider Aclara for $1.1B

It's probably the largest gov tech deal ever.

December 28, 2017

A new ground-based Italian delivery drone uses what kind of biometric identification tech to make deliveries?

Answer: Facial recognition.

December 23, 2017

Since 2003, a photography professor at Rochester Institute of Technology has been using a microscope to take pictures of what?

Answer: Snowflakes.

December 22, 2017

How does the Inrigo camera pack let you know if it gets wet inside?

Answer: By sending an alert to your smartphone.

December 21, 2017

What social media giant has recently been receiving backlash from some of its former friends?

Answer: Facebook.

December 20, 2017

After a Year of Natural Disasters, Investors Pump $20M into Mitigation Startup One Concern

The company has pulled in a comparatively large Series A round to further its machine learning-driven technology.

December 20, 2017

Which major car manufacturer delivered more than 100,000 EVs in 2017?

Answer: BMW.

December 19, 2017

A new concept steering wheel for driverless cars features gesture control and what in the middle of it?

Answer: A touchscreen.

December 18, 2017

Nearly Half of Electric Customers Have Smart Meters, but Adoption Rates Vary Drastically

A look at the state of smart electric metering, courtesy of U.S. Energy Information Administration data.

December 18, 2017

A new bio-inspired robot can immediately adapt to what?

Answer: The loss of multiple appendages.

December 14, 2017

White House IT Modernization Report Largely Sidesteps Oracle's Complaints

The tech giant thought the federal government should rely less on in-house expertise and open-source software. Those complaints didn't change much in a big report on modernizing government IT.

December 14, 2017

A new feature from Comcast allows you to find your Xfinity Mobile phone in your home by doing what?

Answer: Asking for it.

December 13, 2017

Who carried the 2018 Olympic torch in South Korea?

Answer: A humanoid robot.

December 12, 2017

Nextdoor Raises $75M Funding Round, Easily One of Gov Tech's Largest Deals of the Year

The company continues to pull in money from private investors.

December 12, 2017

Next-generation smartphones may come with Samsung chips that have how much storage space?

Answer: 512 GB

December 11, 2017

What store occupies 30,000 feet of space, has an 88-foot-long bar, and uses augmented reality technology?

Answer: The world's largest Starbucks store in Shanghai, China.

December 8, 2017

Kentucky's New CIO: A Retired Colonel with Federal-Level IT Expertise

Longtime U.S. Army officer Dr. Charles Grindle, who retired earlier this year, has been named Kentucky's new chief information officer.

December 8, 2017

What ride-share company is now offering driverless rides in Boston?

Answer: Lyft.

December 7, 2017

A new AI uses Google Maps' Street View feature to predict what?

Answer: Voting preferences.

December 6, 2017

3-D printing may be able to help doctors repair the loss of what?

Answer: Hearing.

December 5, 2017

What tech device is being used to create a new work of art?

Answer: Drones. Hundreds of them.

December 1, 2017

For safety reasons, what does Amazon want its delivery drones to do if they fall from the sky?

Answer: Self-destruct.

November 30, 2017

NEOGOV Acquires Online Workforce Training Company

It's the first acquisition since NEOGOV received investment money from a private equity firm last year.

November 30, 2017

What city mayor has expressed interest in receiving a bid from Elon Musk's The Boring Co. to build a high-speed train beneath the city?

Answer: Chicago.

November 30, 2017

The latest tech from Jim Beam is a voice-activated decanter that does what on command?

Answer: Pours a shot of whiskey.

November 29, 2017

NASCIO Releases Top 10 Priorities for 2018

State CIOs are making security and cloud services their top priorities for the upcoming year.

November 29, 2017

A new limited-edition concentrate from SodaStream allows users to turn water into what?

Answer: Wine.

November 28, 2017

Govtech Fund Raises $20M for Second Fund, with More Possibly on the Way

The firm has been operating with one fund since 2014.

November 28, 2017

What device aims to make sure you are brushing your teeth to the best of your ability?

Answer: an AI-powered toothbrush.

November 27, 2017

Tap is a wearable tech gadget that lets you turn any surface into what?

Answer: A Bluetooth keyboard.

November 22, 2017

How does KFC want to help you avoid the influx of Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal notifications this year?

Answer: With an Internet-repellent tent.

November 21, 2017

What will soon be fueling some of London's buses?

Answer: coffee grounds.

November 20, 2017

What home furnishing giant is the latest to buy into augmented reality (AR) shopping?

Answer: Williams-Sonoma.

November 17, 2017

How is Twitter cracking down on verified users who post negative content?

Answer: By revoking their verified badges and imposing new guidelines for users seeking verification.

November 16, 2017

How is a research project in The Netherlands using a 3-D printer to repurpose plastic waste?

Answer: By making 3-D printed public benches out of Amsterdam’s plastic waste.

November 15, 2017

How does a new medication use tech to keep track of when you take it?

Answer: With sensors embedded in the pills.

November 14, 2017

What piece of clothing did Ford put a detection system into to curb drowsy driving?

Answer: A trucker cap.

November 13, 2017

Project Loon has brought Internet connectivity to how many people in Puerto Rico?

Answer: More than 100,000.

November 10, 2017

What has been approved for release in the U.S. to fight disease-carrying mosquitoes?

Answer: Weaponized, lab-grown mosquitoes.

November 9, 2017

Visa wants to allow you to pay for things at the 2018 Winter Olympics using what?

Answer: Your gloves.

November 8, 2017

Digital Cities Sneak Preview: 4 Early Takeaways from the 2017 Winners

Ahead of announcing the Digital Cities winners Thursday, the Center for Digital Government shares a few key trends that emerged from the results.

November 8, 2017

How is a Kickstarter project using tech to combat ocean pollution?

Answer: With a reusable water bottle that comes with a refill app.

November 7, 2017

What kind of UAV can you fly using Epson's augmented reality tech?

Answer: A holographic one.

November 6, 2017

What does Beheld, a new startup, allow you to scan, send and 3-D print?

Answer: Yourself.

November 3, 2017

What tech does the Department of Homeland Security want to implement to improve border security?

Answer: Facial scanning and recognition.

November 2, 2017

What discontinued popular Sony tech gadget has been revived?

Answer: The aibo robodog.

November 1, 2017

The Slidewheel is an amusement park ride that combines which two classic attractions?

Answer: A waterslide and a Ferris wheel.

October 31, 2017

What did NASA use to create a spooky Halloween playlist?

Answer: 'sounds' from space.

October 30, 2017

Traffic Accident Prediction Startup Waycare Gets $2.3M, Plans More Pilots

The company is already testing in Las Vegas. It wants more.

October 27, 2017

Q3 Market Update: Service Contracts Are Most Common Gov Tech Opportunity

A look through third-quarter market data.

October 27, 2017

How is Facebook planning to improve transparency around federal election advertisements?

Answer: by creating an archive for all advertisements on its platform.

October 27, 2017

Where does Amazon want to allow couriers to leave your packages?

Answer: Inside your front door.

October 26, 2017

Cubic Wins $500M Contract to Overhaul NYC Subway and Bus Fare System

The change, which includes mobile payment options, is a big one, but it's been a long time coming.

October 26, 2017

How will Nissan's EVs announce their presence to pedestrians?

Answer: with a song.

October 25, 2017

It is now illegal to do what in Honolulu?

Answer: Look at your phone while crossing the street.

October 24, 2017

How long does it take a new device to test you for common allergies?

Answer: five minutes.

October 23, 2017

AngelList Data: Government-Serving Startups Valued Higher Than Average

The startup curator's data suggests government-focused startups might be worth a bit more than other kinds of businesses — at least in the early stages, before they receive investment money.

October 23, 2017

Who recently received a custom 3-D printed facemask?

Answer: A tiny turtle!

October 20, 2017

What is 55.41 feet long, 22 feet wide and scheduled to be orbiting the moon by 2022?

Answer: an inflatable space habitat.

October 19, 2017

What new kind of reinforcement could help older structures remain standing in big earthquakes?

Answer: Spray-on cement.

October 17, 2017

CivicPlus Acquires BoardSync, Launches Agenda Management Solution

The company has been expanding its product portfolio lately.

October 17, 2017

What does Amazon want to deliver with its latest UAV patent?

Answer: on-the-go recharging services for electric vehicles.

October 17, 2017

The newest screen in London's Piccadilly Circus can display ads based on what?

Answer: the people and cars around it.

October 16, 2017

Census Data Reveals Where State Government Employment Is Shrinking

With low growth in state government employment, some state workforces and job types are facing cuts.

October 16, 2017

What can you now order through Facebook?

Answer: food.

October 13, 2017

How might your mail be arriving in the future?

Answer: in a self-driving mail truck.

October 12, 2017

What machine has been called upon to help combat the fires in Northern California?

Answer: the world's only Boeing 747 SuperTanker.

October 11, 2017

DigitalTown Buys Lawyer Directory in Sixth Acquisition Since 2015

The company is buying Congo to help bolster its existing legal services domains, which are part of a grander fleet of locally-focused Web portals.

October 10, 2017

What tech is currently being tested in London that could improve pedestrian safety?

Answer: an interactive LED crosswalk.

October 10, 2017

Weather radar detected a 70-mile-wide swarm of what in Colorado?

Answer: Butterflies.

October 9, 2017

The Private Equity Firm that Just Bought Accela Typically Owns Companies for Five Years

A look at the history of Berkshire Partners.

October 9, 2017

What major company may be able to speed up rebuilding Puerto Rico's power grid?

Answer: Tesla.

October 6, 2017

Airbus plans to launch what new service within the next year?

Answer: its CityAirbus flying taxi service.

October 5, 2017

How can your table help you pick the right music?

Answer: By using smart tech to determine what you are drinking.

October 4, 2017

ClearGov Opens Nationwide Database to Compare Government Revenue and Spending

It's a step that capitalizes on the work ClearGov has been doing all along.

October 4, 2017

OpenGov Launches Performance Measurement Toolset

The new product is meant to help government workers with their nose in the daily grind step back and get a better idea of the big picture.

October 4, 2017

What is 5.5 feet tall and capable of passing through gaps as narrow as 11.8 inches?

Answer: The prototype of Honda's new disaster relief robot.

October 3, 2017

How is a Major League Baseball team planning to use iOS 11?

Answer: To provide contactless stadium entry.

October 3, 2017

Startup in Residence Program to Expand to Washington, D.C.

The nation’s capital will be the lead city in the East Coast expansion of the San Francisco-born program that fosters collaboration between startups and government agencies.

October 2, 2017

David Garcia Appointed CIO for U.S. Office of Personnel Management

The former Maryland CIO fills the position, which was vacated in early September.

October 2, 2017

How long would it take to fly anywhere on Earth using a SpaceX rocket?

Answer: less than an hour.

September 29, 2017

How might pharmacies be able to quickly produce large quantities of medication?

Answer: by printing them.

September 28, 2017

URBAN-X Accelerator Cohort Includes Two Gov Tech Startups

The venture capital firm Urban.Us is involved with this round of companies.

September 28, 2017

What critter might be able to help robots get up after they fall?

Answer: A beetle.

September 27, 2017

City Planning-Focused Data Startup UrbanLogiq Wins $10K Prize

The young company is fresh out of the 500 Startups accelerator.

September 27, 2017

What could be the next big source of clean, renewable energy?

Answer: evaporating water

September 26, 2017

Report: Washington State’s Internal IT Services Need Upgrades

WaTech currently faces problems in a range of areas, chief among them being transparency, communication and modernity.

September 26, 2017

Will you get angry glares and/or be kicked out for taking out your phone during Yale's next classical concert?

Answer: No; in fact, the performers are counting on it.

September 25, 2017

Buffalo, N.Y., to Launch City's First Open Data Portal

The city is partnering with Socrata to create a platform that allows users to download data sets and create visualizations.

September 25, 2017

Survey: AI Might Have an Issue with Public Trust

Accenture finds evidence that people would have a hard time trusting artificial intelligence to handle various activities.

September 25, 2017

Two Swiss companies have built a high-end, end-table clock modeled after what animal?

Answer: an octopus

September 22, 2017

How is Switzerland planning to use UAVs?

Answer: To deliver medical supplies.

September 21, 2017

What tech did a new startup build to improve the welfare of dogs?

Answer: A smart scoop for dog food.

September 20, 2017

Citizen, Which Plugs People into Nearby 911 Alerts, Raises $12M

The company is only a year old, but it's moving quickly.

September 20, 2017

What will the U.S. Navy use to control the periscopes on its newest submarines?

Answer: Xbox 360 controllers.

September 19, 2017

What classic sport is turning to tech to help improve odds?

Answer: horseracing

September 18, 2017

What powers a new home-built tricycle that does 0 to 62 mph in half a second?

Answer: Water

September 15, 2017

What technology could improve how medicine is transported throughout the body?

Answer: DNA robots

September 14, 2017

U.S. Government Ordered to Remove Kaspersky Lab Antivirus Software from Computers

With more potential ties to Russian government, Kaspersky Lab's antivirus software has an order to be removed from all U.S. government computers.

September 14, 2017

What is the latest development in powering cellphones (other than wireless charging from Apple)?

Answer: battery-free phones

September 13, 2017

How can new developments in artificial intelligence potentially save lives?

Answer: by helping to detect and prevent distracted driving

September 12, 2017

Louisville, Ky., CIO Departs

The city’s innovation chief, Grace Simrall, replaces Jason Ballard as interim CIO.

September 12, 2017

How has Tesla assisted its Florida customers in escaping Hurricane Irma?

Answer: by remotely extending the range of some cars

September 11, 2017

What tech is the American Red Cross using in a new disaster relief program?

Answer: an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

September 8, 2017

What new tech is Lyft launching in San Francisco?

Answer: autonomous ride-sharing, thanks to a new partnership with

September 7, 2017

What tech did a Major League Baseball team use to steal pitching signs from opponents?

Answer: an Apple Watch

September 6, 2017

How Can Local Government's Citizen Engagement Efforts Improve?

A lot of local governments are using citizen engagement technology, but there's room for improvement in how they use them.

September 5, 2017

What new tech is allowing pet owners to more confidently leave their furry friends home alone?

Answer: an interactive fetching machine

September 1, 2017

What Technologies Do Cities Use for Citizen Engagement?

Some tools are very, very popular.

September 1, 2017

'Weigh-in-Motion' Tech Lets Idaho Truckers Zoom Past Weigh Stations

In Idaho, four “weigh-in-motion” systems take the place of traditional weigh stations, which require the truck to stop on scale to ensure it’s not overloaded.

September 1, 2017

What is one mile long and can take high-speed images of atoms?

Answer: the biggest — and newest — laser gun in the world.

August 31, 2017

Los Angeles County Picks Bill Kehoe as Next CIO

Kehoe has served as King County, Wash., CIO for the past seven years, and pending a Board of Commissioners vote, will serve in the same capacity for Los Angeles County.

August 31, 2017

Amazon Patents Talking Delivery Drone

Amazon acquired a new patent that would allow its delivery drones to talk to customers, ask for help and prevent accidents.

August 31, 2017

How is one website keeping communities informed of flooding from Hurricane Harvey?

Answer: by crowdsourcing information for an interactive map

August 30, 2017

Gov. Rick Snyder Names David DeVries as Michigan’s Next CIO

DeVries is a veteran of federal government having served as CIO for the Office of Personnel Management and deputy CIO for the Department of Defense.

August 30, 2017

How is one drone manufacturer attempting to root out vulnerabilities in its UAVs?

Answer: by offering rewards to the hacker community for uncovering the drones' weaknesses

August 29, 2017

2018 'Global City Teams Challenge' Seeks to Solidify Cybersecurity for 'Smart City' Systems

The Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge will focus on "designed-in cybersecurity" for smart city systems, ultimately providing more secure and resilient protection of citizen privacy.

August 29, 2017

In what new way is Facebook furthering its crackdown on false news?

Answer: by banning pages that share false news from purchasing advertisements.

August 28, 2017

Eight Members Resign from Trump’s Cybersecurity Council

Exiting advisers say Trump has paid “insufficient attention” to growing number of cyberthreats facing the U.S.

August 28, 2017

Need we fear Judgment Day as a result of machine learning?

Answer: No, it's apparently just an algorithm that is incapable of becoming hostile.

August 25, 2017

Survey Highlights Cybersecurity Gaps Between Government and Private Sector

The government is more likely to consider its employees a cybersecurity threat, less likely to have dedicated cybersecurity personnel and its employees feel less prepared for threats.

August 25, 2017

Apple Tests Self-Driving Employee Shuttle in Palo Alto, Cupertino

Apple's latest foray into autonomous vehicles is a scaled-down version of what was expected to be a self-driving car built from the ground up by the tech giant.

August 25, 2017

How is Uber helping to close the tech industry's gender gap?

Answer: by partnering with Girls Who Code and giving a $1.2 million grant

August 24, 2017

What enterprise tech from IBM are food suppliers and retailers using to keep food fresh?

Answer: blockchain

August 23, 2017

Brooklyn Turns to Data to Help Solve Its Car-share, Parking Problem

The New York DOT is launching a two-year, data-driven pilot program in an attempt to reduce vehicle ownership and free up precious parking spaces.

August 23, 2017

What breakthrough tech did a British car shop use to restore the rarest Jaguar ever built?

Answer: a 3-D printer

August 22, 2017

California Lawmaker's 'Electric Vehicle Initiative' Calls for $3 Billion in Rebates

The initiative would earmark $3 billion over a 12-year period to provide motorists with subsidies for the cars they buy that qualify under the definition of zero-emissions vehicles.

August 22, 2017

How have scientists made it rain diamonds?

Answer: by using the world's most powerful laser

August 21, 2017

How Cars Help Fuel Municipal Budgets

A look into a key source of revenue for local government.

August 21, 2017

What is more unsettling than 1,000 robots dancing in sync?

Answer: more than 1,000 robots dancing in sync

August 18, 2017

Chicago Looks to Fill New Digital Experience and Design Director Position

A newly announced position will focus on improving access and user experience throughout the city.

August 18, 2017

Verizon to Build Public Safety Communications Network to Rival FirstNet, AT&T

The communications giant has proposed a network solution it believes will achieve the mission of FirstNet, as well as maintain the competitive nature of the communications marketplace.

August 18, 2017

How is Amazon’s Alexa being used for mobility assistance?

Answer: by controlling robot exoskeletons

August 17, 2017

How might your phone potentially heal itself?

Answer: heat

August 16, 2017

Humanoid robots are good at what job in particular?

Answer: making hilarious GIFs

August 14, 2017

Market Niche Focus: Who Helps Government Take Online Payments?

There are quite a few companies selling government the ability to get paid.

August 14, 2017

What can data tell you about the aftereffects of nuclear war?

Answer: a hell of a lot.

August 11, 2017

How are scientists repairing damaged skin and organs?

Answer: using a silicon chip that can recode cells

August 9, 2017

Kansas DOT Chooses AirMap for Early Drone Management Software

The partnership will open up the software, which enables users to receive notifications of drone flights to airports, higher education institutions and government agencies across the state.

August 9, 2017

Waymo Wants to Build a Collapsible Self-Driving Car

Google spinoff Waymo has a new patent for developing a car that loses its rigidity during a crash, lessening the impact.

August 9, 2017

What is the BBC’s ‘revolutionary’ new plan for boosting mobile readership?

Answer: it’s all in the font

August 8, 2017

Tyler Technologies Acquires Public Health Inspections Company

The ERP provider is beefing up its SaaS inspections portfolio.

August 8, 2017

What do you get when you combine science with the fear of rising sea levels?

Answer: the potential for large-scale, man-made islands

August 7, 2017

How School Districts Use Data Dashboards

The possibilities are many.

August 7, 2017

What’s the next big selling point for the Apple Watch?

Answer: access to cellular networks

August 3, 2017

FiscalNote Acquires Advocacy Platform VoterVoice

This makes for the company's second acquisition.

August 3, 2017

What is 28 feet long, has a 3,000-horsepower electric propulsion system and hits 192 miles per hour in just five seconds?

Answer: the Hyperloop One test pod.

August 2, 2017

Where is the latest place a drone could save your life?

Answer: the water

August 1, 2017

Massachusetts Governor Creates Executive IT Secretariat

The state's existing IT agency is set to be replaced by a more consolidated and focused iteration, according to state officials.

August 1, 2017

What technology is helping farmers improve tomato harvests in Arizona?

Answer: artificial intelligence

July 31, 2017

Law Enforcement Breakdown: Agencies by Type Across the Country

There are more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the country.

July 28, 2017

What are scientists growing in a lab that you could soon be wearing?

Answer: leather

July 27, 2017

What type of personal data does the Roomba robot vacuum collect?

Answer: maps of your home

July 25, 2017

The Future of Special Districts

There are some key aspects of being in a special district; here's a look at what's happening now and what to expect going forward.

July 25, 2017

Which iconic Microsoft mainstay application is not coming back in the fall Windows 10 update?

Answer: Paint

July 24, 2017

Where can you find rare and previously unshared footage of NASA test flights?

Answer: YouTube

July 21, 2017

Avondale, Ariz., Hires Jeff Scheetz as CIO

City Manager Dave Fitzhugh noted that many qualified applicants responded, making the journey to finding Scheetz “extremely competitive.”

July 21, 2017

Seattle Appoints Smart City Coordinator

Kate Garman will move from Kansas City, Mo., to the Emerald City to help coordinate smart tech projects across city departments and forge partnerships to improve the quality of life for residents.

July 20, 2017

Artificial Intelligence: Where Do County Governments' Investment Priorities Lie?

Analytics is the top bet.

July 20, 2017

Which company created a new social network with millions of people overnight?

Answer: Amazon

July 19, 2017

Which high-end automaker is the latest to plot a course toward becoming a Tesla rival?

Answer: Porsche

July 18, 2017

California's GoMentum Station Forges International Partnerships

The Contra Costa Transportation Authority is setting itself up to exchange data and insights from partners around the globe.

July 18, 2017

How is WhatsApp shaking things up for users?

Answer: by allowing them to share any sort of file through the platform

July 17, 2017

Where Is State and Local Government Spending the Most on Tech?

Plus, comparisons to the previous year.

July 17, 2017

What are scientists in Puerto Rico receiving from a small, dim star 11 light-years from Earth?

Answer: a mysterious “almost periodic” signal

July 14, 2017

Which financial services company is offering big money to small businesses for refusing cash payments?

Answer: Visa

July 13, 2017

Alabama Governor Appoints New IT Office Lead

Just months after being sworn in as governor, Kay Ivey has appointed a top-level state IT executive to replace Dr. Joanne Hale.

July 13, 2017

What have scientists ‘teleported’ from the Gobi Desert to low-Earth orbit?

Answer: a photon

July 12, 2017

50 Cities and Counties Participate in Net Neutrality Day of Action

In an organized event to protest the proposed change by the FCC to eliminate protections for net neutrality, cities and counties have joined together to pen a letter to chairman Ajit Pai.

July 12, 2017

What is the latest innovation in mobile communication?

Answer: the “dumb” phone … with a twist.

July 11, 2017

Nextdoor and NOAA Partner to Better Prepare Americans for Severe Weather

The neighborhood-based social network has partnered with the federal weather agency to bring more up-to-date critical information to American neighborhoods.

July 11, 2017

Seattle Re-Ups Privacy Commitment with Appointment of City Program Expert

The woman behind Seattle's push into the city-driven privacy protections has returned from the private sector to lead the program once again.

July 11, 2017

What is a 'third thumb,' and do you need one?

Answer: a smart prosthetic, and that depends.

July 10, 2017

Counties Have a Lot More Cloud Migrating to Do

The majority say they could put most of their systems in the cloud, but have not.

July 10, 2017

What ‘moonshot’ wearable project is one former Google/Facebook/Intel executive working on?

Answer: a smart hat that sees into the human mind

July 7, 2017

Facebook Campus Expansion Project Includes Housing and Retail

In an attempt to provide housing and improve transit, Facebook announced its plan to integrate mixed-use retail and housing with workspaces.

July 7, 2017

Where can you go to have pizza served by robots?

Answer: Multan, Pakistan

July 6, 2017

Sacramento, Calif., to Serve as 'Green City' with Massive Electric Vehicle Carsharing Program

Volkswagen has chosen to locate its EV carsharing network in Sacramento despite Los Angeles' attempt to lure the company south.

July 6, 2017

Which car maker has vowed to go all-electric after 2019?

Answer: Volvo

July 5, 2017

Which major city is the latest to test power-generating pavement?

Answer: London

July 3, 2017

Where can Airbnb help you stay next?

Answer: a national park

June 30, 2017

Oregon Gets Cybersecurity Booster Shot with Governor’s Approval of Senate Bill 90

Officials have said the newly signed law will consolidate the cybersecurity authority needed to address agency silos and evolving threats head on.

June 29, 2017

Chicago Names Tech Insider CIO to Replace Brenna Berman

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's appointment of Danielle DuMerer as the city's permanent CIO was approved by the City Council June 28.

June 28, 2017

What preference do people have when it comes to the voice of their government digital assistant?

Answer: for a human-sounding digital assistant

June 27, 2017

What could deliver a single hot dog directly to your location?

Answer: the Weinerdrone

June 26, 2017

Michael Bloomberg Announces 3-Year, $200 Million American Cities Initiative

The philanthropist announced the initiative at the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Annual Meeting, saying cities now play a vital role in an era of "Washington impotence."

June 26, 2017

Los Angeles County Begins Outfitting Buses with Free Wi-Fi

The L.A. County Metropolitan Transit Agency is launching a pilot program, equipping 150 buses with Wi-Fi devices in an effort to improve ridership and passenger experience.

June 26, 2017

Government's Millennial Workforce Problem

Even as it looks to younger people to help it evolve, the public sector is lagging behind the private sector in hiring them.

June 26, 2017

How is one organization helping stop email scammers?

Answer: by teaching them to code

June 23, 2017

What burgeoning technology is helping NASA explore the depths of space and giving dance lessons here on Earth?

Answer: Robots

June 22, 2017

What two technologies can be used to provide every person an ID?

Answer: blockchain and biometrics

June 20, 2017

How many homes can the world’s largest wind turbines power?

Answer: 8,300

June 19, 2017

North Carolina Swears in New Chief Information Officer

The process is finally complete for Eric Boyette, who will serve as the state's next CIO.

June 19, 2017

Could a Monorail Alleviate L.A. Congestion?

In a recent radio interview, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti brought up the idea of building a monorail system to divert traffic away from the Southern California nightmare — aka the 405 freeway.

June 19, 2017

Which States Spend the Most on Tech?

A look at the numbers.

June 19, 2017

How many trips can Uber and Lyft make in San Francisco in one day?

Answer: more than 200,000

June 16, 2017

Former Wisconsin CIO Joins Socrata as Senior Vice President of Sales

Matt Miszewski is heading to the open data company as it begins to explore non-open data.

June 16, 2017

What could make your next dentist appointment less painful?

Answer: virtual reality

June 15, 2017

Aurora, Ill., Mayor Creates City Innovation Team

Mayor Richard Irvin has tapped into the private sector to lead this new innovation team.

June 15, 2017

New York City Mayor Unveils Bold Jobs, Innovation Plan

With improved and strategic investment throughout the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio hopes to bring as many as 100,000 new jobs in the next 10 years.

June 15, 2017

OpenGov Integrates Software with Superion, Gaining Customer Pipeline in the Process

Superion's customers will now have access to OpenGov's tools, and OpenGov will have access to Superion's clientele.

June 15, 2017

What’s the latest game AI has pwnd humans at?

Answer: Ms. Pac-Man

June 14, 2017

Jeffery Weak Appointed as Idaho's First Director of Information Security

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter appointed the 20-year U.S. Air Force veteran Jeffery Weak to head the state's cybersecurity efforts.

June 14, 2017

Bellevue, Wash., Names New CIO

Before her official appointment, Schneider had served as the interim CIO following Toni Cramer’s retirement in 2016.

June 14, 2017

Michigan CIO Claims Executive IT Spot at Major Furniture Manufacturer La-Z-Boy

La-Z-Boy furniture company has hired Michigan CIO David Behen to serve as the organization’s vice president and CIO.

June 14, 2017

ProudCity Launches Drag-and-Drop Payment Tool

The company is getting into the government payments game.

June 14, 2017

Private Equity Firm Invests in Pondera, Signaling Growth

Pondera Solutions is going down a route that has produced some quick business changes in the past.

June 14, 2017

How could you get out of weeding your garden?

Answer: Tertill, the weeding robot

June 13, 2017

ShotSpotter Earns $4.6M More than Anticipated in IPO

The company has finished its initial public offering.

June 13, 2017

What was once the most innovative branch of government?

Answer: the Post Office

June 12, 2017

Rhode Island Ready to Enter Autonomous Vehicle Ecosystem

With the release of a request for information, the smallest state in the country is hoping to have an outsized role in the future of transportation.

June 12, 2017

NYC Establishes 18F-esque Group Within Department of City Planning

The NYC Planning Labs is aimed at taking small projects from concept to use within a four- to six-week window.

June 12, 2017

How Big Is the Average Gov Tech Funding Round?

A stroll through the GovTech 100's funding history.

June 9, 2017

Cities Look to New Predictive Tool to Meet Vision Zero Goals

According to a new study, cities may be able to predict where collisions are most likely to occur by collecting data on dangerous driving behaviors.

June 9, 2017

How soon will artificial intelligence beat humans at our own game?

Answer: in about 45 years

June 8, 2017

Facebook to Share Data with Emergency Response Organizations

Mapping and sharing data will help first responders save lives in the wake of disasters.

June 8, 2017

Sacramento, Calif., Partners with Verizon on Free Park Wi-Fi

Verizon has pledged to provide free Wi-Fi via digital kiosks in 27 Sacramento parks.

June 8, 2017

Which country has the fastest average Internet speed?

Answer: South Korea

June 7, 2017

Court Innovations Raises $1.8M Series A Round, Plots National Expansion

The startup offers a means for people to interact with courts without physically appearing.

June 7, 2017

ShotSpotter Hits the Stock Market at $11 Per Share

The gunshot detection company has become the seventh on the Gov Tech 100 list to offer public stock.

June 7, 2017

Company Combines Cellphone, GPS Data in Attempt to More Quickly, Easily Count Traffic

StreetLight Data is trying to make counting cars happen a lot faster.

June 7, 2017

How can a person who communicates only with sign language talk to someone who doesn’t?

Answer: KinTrans

June 6, 2017

Nevada Governor Signs Bill to Create Office of Cyber Defense Coordination

With the stroke of a pen, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval codified a new state agency focused on meeting cybersecurity threats.

June 6, 2017

White House Releases Principles to Privatize Air-Traffic Control

The executive branch argued that a private nonprofit is better equipped to handle the country's 300 airports, but consensus remains elusive.

June 6, 2017

What is Toyota hoping its flying car will be able to do?

Answer: light the Olympic torch in 2020

June 5, 2017

Pennsylvania Launches Transparency Portal Detailing $100 Billion in Expenditures

The Treasury’s Transparency Portal was developed to help residents understand where resources are devoted and hold officials accountable.

June 5, 2017

Who is helping Google get teen girls into coding?

Answer: Wonder Woman

June 2, 2017

Tableau Angles for Public Sector with PDF Data Tool, Other Updates

The data visualization tool will now let users pull data directly from PDF tables, among other things.

June 2, 2017

Boston Enters Partnership to Ensure New Developments are Broadband-Ready

The city signed a memorandum of understanding with WiredScore in order to certify which new developments are equipped with high-speed Internet access for businesses and residents.

June 2, 2017

Massachusetts Mulls IT Centralization, Cabinet-Level Secretary of Technology Post

A proposal from Gov. Charlie Baker would, with statehouse support, create a Secretary of Technology position, empowered to secure, modernize and centralize state IT.

June 2, 2017

Michigan CIO David Behen to Step Down, Assume Role in Private Sector

Gov. Rick Snyder announced June 2 that Behen's last day as CIO is June 16.

June 2, 2017

Montgomery County, Md.'s First Chief Innovation Officer to Depart

During his five years with the county, Dan Hoffman has helped to define innovation for the agency.

June 2, 2017

Where are drones delivering doughnuts?

Answer: Denver

June 1, 2017

JetBlue, Delta Air Lines Test High-Tech Alternatives to Boarding Passes

New applications of technology could swiftly make paper and mobile boarding passes a thing of the past.

June 1, 2017

CRM Use Is Gaining Traction in Local Government — Here Are the Numbers to Prove It

Data from the Digital Cities and Counties Surveys reveals that governments are either investing in or planning to deploy CRM systems.

June 1, 2017

What’s the likelihood that a robot will take your job?

Answer: depends on the occupation

May 31, 2017

Accela Adds Three New Executive Roles

The moves follow the company's hiring of a new CEO in March.

May 31, 2017

Interactive Flood Mapping Tool Helps Local Governments Plan for Resilience

Using data sets from multiple sources, the NYU Furman Center created an interactive map for resilience planners on where flooding is most prone and which populations are most heavily affected.

May 31, 2017

Urban.Us Adds Funding, Experience to URBAN-X Startup Accelerator

The venture capital firm will work with the accelerator's third cohort this year.

May 31, 2017

How could you reply to an email, drink coffee and scratch your head all at the same time?

Answer: robotic arms

May 30, 2017

Apple Sees Massive Increase in National Security Requests for User Data

The spike in requests during the latter half of 2016 has some eyebrows raised.

May 30, 2017

How could schools know if students are paying attention in class?

Answer: facial recognition software

May 26, 2017

Top States Where Federal Civilian Workers Reside

Most of the federal civilian workforce lives outside Washington, D.C.

May 26, 2017

How can the visually impaired instantly translate any text into Braille?

Answer: Tactile

May 25, 2017

Where is the world’s first operational Robocop patrolling the streets?

Answer: Dubai

May 24, 2017

ClearGov Launches Budget Portals, Comparison Tools for Every Municipality in the U.S.

The startup has gone nationwide.

May 23, 2017

ShotSpotter Sets IPO Targets: $10-$12 Per Share, $26.6M Raised

The company would use half the money to pay off debt early.

May 23, 2017

What tech could let you play a famous Stradivarius violin?

Answer: 3-D printing

May 22, 2017

How ShotSpotter's Financials Compare with Previous Gov Tech Companies Pre-IPO

A look at data from other gov tech companies that have gone down SST's path.

May 22, 2017

How good is a neural network at creating and naming paint colors?

Answer: not great

May 19, 2017

Federal Court Swats Down Drone Registration Requirement

A federal court has ruled against the congressional decision to force the registration of non-commercial drones.

May 19, 2017

How is Amazon using data to rank its most popular books?

Answer: by tracking what’s actually being read

May 18, 2017

How could machine learning help solve crime?

Answer: VALCRI

May 17, 2017

Who demonstrated the ease of hacking connected devices at a cybersecurity conference?

Answer: an 11-year-old

May 16, 2017

Waymo, Lyft Partner to Bring Autonomous Vehicle Tech Into the Mainstream

The ride-hailing giant and tech behemoth are combining their powers with the ultimate goal of making their footprint the largest in the self-driving vehicle game.

May 16, 2017

Self-Service Facial Recognition Baggage Stations to Debut at Minneapolis Airport

To cut passenger wait times and devote employees to more complex tasks, Delta Air Lines will this summer debut baggage drop-off kiosks that match passengers with their passport photos.

May 16, 2017

Municipal Debt Crowdfunding Startup Neighborly Quadruples Capital with $25M Series A Round

The company's latest investment comes from Emerson Collective, 8VC, Govtech Fund and others.

May 16, 2017

What hobby could become popular with the help of new tech?

Answer: bat watching

May 15, 2017

Top 20 U.S. Counties by Budget — and Their CIOs

One state has a lot of the biggest county budgets. Guess which one?

May 12, 2017

Virginia to Open Autonomous Technology Center

The center will serve as a testing facility for autonomous technology across sectors, but based on recent actions by the government, the center could put a priority on autonomous vehicle development.

May 12, 2017

Who could be the next voice used on the Waze app?

Answer: you

May 11, 2017

What recently broke Twitter's retweet record?

Answer: a hankerin' for chicken nuggets

May 10, 2017

What’s the most popular dog name in New York City?

Answer: Bella

May 9, 2017

How could you turn any object into a touchscreen?

Answer: make it Electrick

May 8, 2017

Top 20 U.S. Cities by Budget — and Their CIOs

The biggest cities don't always have the budgets to match.

May 8, 2017

Digital Inclusion Week Begins Amid Ongoing National Efforts to Bridge Digital Divide

Related events are set to take place from California to Vermont.

May 8, 2017

In what way is actress Hedy Lamarr's title of "Mother of Wi-Fi" being celebrated?

Answer: in a new documentary called Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

May 5, 2017

6 Insights About Autonomous Vehicles Cities Should Know

Cities should be thinking about how they are going to address the inevitable onset of autonomous vehicles, beginning yesterday.

May 5, 2017

How could you one day buy a high-rise apartment (if you were so inclined)?

Answer: from a vending machine

May 4, 2017

New Caucus Will Bridge VR Knowledge Gap Among Lawmakers

The Congressional Caucus on Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality Technologies aims to ensure that lawmakers have the most current information.

May 4, 2017

How can you see more public statues of famous women?

Answer: by getting The Whole Story

May 3, 2017

ShotSpotter Company Files to Go Public, Reveals Financial Details

After more than 20 years of operation, SST is looking to enter the stock market.

May 3, 2017

What can you learn to do with a virtual reality app?

Answer: perform surgery

May 2, 2017

Nevada Buses Not Immune to the Onset of Automation

University of Reno students may soon take driverless buses to classes.

May 2, 2017

What could someday be a better alternative to your wearable fitness tracker?

Answer: WiGait

May 1, 2017

Trump's American Technology Council to Coordinate Fed's IT Vision, Strategy, Direction

On May 1, the president signed an executive order to establish the council, with which all agencies are encouraged to cooperate.

May 1, 2017

FirstNet CEO: All AT&T LTE Bands Available for First Responders by End of Year

FirstNet also is on track to achieve a number of key milestones, such as the delivery of draft state plans in June — three months ahead of the original target.

May 1, 2017

Who is competing in an art contest for $100,000 in prizes?

Answer: robots

April 28, 2017

How is one rhinoceros trying to find a mate?

Answer: Tinder

April 27, 2017

Survey: Government Still Has a Ways to Go in Adopting Agile

Initial findings from an Accenture survey show how far along government IT is in adopting agile approaches.

April 27, 2017

How can Amazon help you look your best?

Answer: Echo Look

April 26, 2017

Vermont Governor Creates Agency of Digital Services, Appoints CIO

The focus of the new agency will be to take a more coordinated and accountable approach to managing the state’s IT infrastructure.

April 25, 2017

Alaska Moves to Consolidate IT, Hires New CIO to Lead the Charge

The creation of a standalone IT office is bringing a host of changes, including the appointment of Bill Vajda as the state's new CIO.

April 25, 2017

Skyhigh Becomes First Cloud Access Security Broker in Cooperative Purchasing Program

CIS CyberMarket is now offering cloud access security brokering to its state and local government members.

April 25, 2017

New York Names IBM Veteran Robert Samson as CIO

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the appointment April 25, nearly a month after Maggie Miller resigned from the role.

April 25, 2017

What could help fix a broken heart?

Answer: 3-D printing

April 24, 2017

What Are the Most Common Types of Special District?

Turns out special districts serve a lot of different functions.

April 24, 2017

How can you visualize what the world might look like after a total global ice melt?

Answer: the After Ice app

April 21, 2017

Educating Alexa: Feds Look to Make Public Service Info Available Through AI Personal Assistants

Agencies including the departments of Energy, Homeland Security, and Housing and Urban Development have expressed an interest in the effort, which is now in its early stages.

April 21, 2017

How could physically disabled toddlers someday explore the world more easily?

Answer: Tot Bot

April 20, 2017

Illinois Partnership to Bolster Talent Pipeline, Grow Smart State Initiatives

Illinois IT officials talk a lot about their plans for cutting-edge technologies like the ever-expanding Internet of Things, and now they're taking action to make sure the talent pool is there for implementation.

April 20, 2017

How are scientists creating the Google Maps of human health?

Answer: Project Baseline

April 19, 2017

Rhode Island Names First State Cybersecurity Officer

Mike Steinmetz brings a wealth of public- and private-sector experience to the Ocean State, where he will serve as the first cybersecurity officer.

April 19, 2017

What material could one day be used to make 3-D printed tools?

Answer: Martian dust

April 18, 2017

Former Microsoft CEO Dives into Government Spending Data

USAFacts may just be the first government spending data tool of its kind.

April 18, 2017

How did one shipping warehouse in China cut its labor costs in half?

Answer: adorable sorting robots

April 17, 2017

Where's My Refund? Taking a Look at State, Federal Government Tax Data, Tools

While filing taxes can be a daunting task, the good news is that there are handy online resources already in place and able to swiftly provide answers.

April 17, 2017

Special Districts Outnumber Cities 2-to-1

The most common type of local government is not the city. Not by a long shot.

April 17, 2017

What could help in dealing with people who don’t clean up after their dogs?

Answer: pooper-scooper drones

April 14, 2017

California DMV Gives Apple Permission to Test Driverless Cars

The technology giant is now the 30th company to receive approval for testing on state roadways.

April 14, 2017

Trump Administration Will Not Release White House Visitor Logs

Transparent government advocates voice immediate criticisms of the decision.

April 14, 2017

What robot could feel like part of the family?

Answer: Ohmni

April 13, 2017

White House Seeks Accelerated Infrastructure Permitting Process

Relying on the trope that cutting regulations leads to limitless economic potential, the White House's economic council is hoping to identify measures that could speed up the permitting process.

April 13, 2017

CityBase Adds Big Names to Board of Directors

The newcomers have ties to IBM, Argonne National Laboratory and the Federal Reserve Bank.

April 13, 2017

How is Google helping people be better artists?

Answer: AutoDraw

April 12, 2017

What new wearable could help relieve stress?

Answer: a smart sports bra

April 11, 2017

Prince William County, Va., Names Robert Mancini as CIO

Virginia's third largest county lured Mancini, an industry veteran with 30 years in IT and 12 years in local government, out of the private sector to head up its IT operations.

April 11, 2017

Senators Pen Letter to Support Federal Funding of Autonomous Vehicle Proving Grounds

Nine senators warned that if the country falls behind on connected and autonomous vehicle technologies, the rest of the world will surpass the United States.

April 11, 2017

What app is McDonald’s using to recruit new hires?

Answer: Snapchat

April 10, 2017

Boston Open Data Challenge Will Highlight City's New Data Portal

After the competition concludes, participants are encouraged to share their code, results and any other outputs in a place where the public can access them.

April 10, 2017

Investment Banks: The Most 'Successful' Type of Gov Tech Investor

A look at the exit rates among gov tech investors.

April 10, 2017

On what data is a new stock-trading bot basing all of its decisions?

Answer: President Trump’s tweets

April 7, 2017

North Carolina Governor Names New State CIO

After serving as chief information officer for the state department of transportation, Eric Boyette will serve all state agencies as state-level CIO.

April 7, 2017

Deep Machine Learning Startup Pluto AI Raises $2.1M

The company is working on solutions to help water utilities anticipate infrastructure failures.

April 7, 2017

What’s one way Amazon is testing its delivery drones?

Answer: a simulated dog

April 6, 2017

How is Waze working to save lives?

Answer: by partnering with emergency services

April 5, 2017

Taser Offers Free Body Cameras for One Year, Changes Name to Axon

The company, already huge in the market, is positioning itself for increased growth.

April 5, 2017

Who was the inspiration for material that may solve the problem of cracked phone screens?

Answer: Wolverine

April 4, 2017

What are some cities using to detect gas leaks?

Answer: Google Street View cars

April 3, 2017

Seattle Releases 2 Open Data Reports Detailing the Program’s Past, Future

Mayor Ed Murray also signed an executive order to expand the use of data and analytics in daily city work.

April 3, 2017

Tracking Gov Tech Investors by Type

The gov tech investment market lists in one certain direction: early-stage.

April 3, 2017

Who's Winning in Bringing Autonomous Vehicles to Market?

Navigant Research compiled a list of 18 companies, determining which leads the pack in terms of building and distributing self-driving vehicles at scale.

April 3, 2017

Californians Overwhelmingly Support Body Cameras for Law Enforcement, Study Says

According to a new survey, 81 percent of residents said that both citizens and law enforcement officials would benefit from the use of body-worn cameras.

April 3, 2017

How is USPS bringing your physical mail to your digital mailbox?

Answer: Informed Delivery

March 31, 2017

United States Digital Service Co-Founder Joins Code for America

Erie Meyer also will become a member on the National Advisory Council, which helps create and facilitate a dialog between the various brigades, governments and tech leaders across the country.

March 31, 2017

April is 'Information Technology Month' in Illinois, Governor Proclaims

The proclamation outlines the need to support and nurture growing public and private IT industry within the state.

March 31, 2017

What’s the goal of transportation startup SeaBubbles?

Answer: to be the Uber of water taxis

March 30, 2017

FirstNet Taps Telecom Giant AT&T for First Responder Network Buildout

After a lengthy and challenged selection process, the FirstNet national public safety broadband network has selected its contractor.

March 30, 2017

How is one man with quadriplegia regaining use of his arms?

Answer: mind control

March 29, 2017

Indiana 'Crowdgranting' Platform Helps Fund Housing, Community Development Projects

The program matches resident donations for parks and other community improvements with grant money.

March 29, 2017

ClearGov Raises $1.2M in Seed Funding Round

The company's main investors are from its home state, Massachusetts.

March 29, 2017

What app can help order your morning doughnuts ahead of time?

Answer: Waze

March 29, 2017

Ideas Welcome: Philosophies and Priorities of the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of 2017

Our Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers honors people inside and outside of government with a grand vision and the grit to execute on it.

March 28, 2017

Waymo Self-Driving Minivan Hits Mountains to Train Software, Collect Snow Data

To create a fully driverless vehicle, capable of handling all driving situations, Waymo is training its autonomous minivans to operate in the snow.

March 28, 2017

What is the latest way to reach your congressional representative?

Answer: text-to-bot-to-representative

March 27, 2017

New Facebook Tools Make It Easier to Contact Politicians

The Town Hall feature comes months after Facebook voter registration reminders yielded a significant impact in several states.

March 27, 2017

White House Innovation Office to Recommend Policies that Implement Private-Sector Strategies

Headed by the president's son-in-law, the team is meant to advise the president on spurring job growth and business development.

March 27, 2017

18F's Hillary Hartley Becomes First Chief Digital Officer of Ontario, Canada

Ontario officials say Hartley’s role will be “to streamline online government services and make them more efficient for people and business.”

March 27, 2017

Why would you want to wear high-tech, tentacled shoulder pads?

Answer: to flirt more effectively

March 24, 2017

Colorado Is Fifth State to Release RFP for a FirstNet Alternative

Which state will be the next to issue an RFP?

March 24, 2017

What could help make sure you’re getting all your reps in at the gym?

Answer: Delta Gloves

March 23, 2017

Trump Hires Tech Adviser to Focus on Innovation Policy

Matt Lira will serve as special assistant to the president for innovation policy and initiatives.

March 23, 2017

How could you find out if you should worry about that new mole on your arm?

Answer: SkinVision

March 22, 2017

Michigan is the Fourth State to Issue RFP to 'Opt-Out' of FirstNet Plan

The state has clarified that although it has issued the RFP, that does not mean it has already decided to “opt out” of FirstNet’s nationwide public-safety network.

March 22, 2017

How is China combating toilet paper thieves?

Answer: facial recognition software

March 21, 2017

Mobile Transit App Startup Participates in Y Combinator Demo Day

Token Transit is small, but it's growing.

March 21, 2017

Colorado Taps Intel Exec to Lead State Broadband Office

Gov. John Hickenlooper names former Intel VP Tony Neal-Graves to lead the state's broadband efforts.

March 21, 2017

What company is generating Google-style analytics for the real world?

Answer: Foursquare

March 20, 2017

If States Were Companies, Which Would Make the Fortune 100?

And which companies are they closest to?

March 20, 2017

Michael Leahy Named Maryland's New Acting IT Secretary

Maryland has named Michael Leahy, previously a senior adviser to Gov. Larry Hogan, as its new acting secretary of IT.

March 20, 2017

FirstNet Legal Battle Ends, Buildout Could Begin as Early as June

In the Friday judgment, Judge Elaine Kaplan ruled in favor of the First Responder Network Authority, granting it the ability to move forward with the procurement process.

March 20, 2017

Arkansas Governor Taps Yessica Jones to Lead the Department of Information Services

After a stint in the deputy and interim director roles, Jones was appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to formally lead the state's IT department.

March 17, 2017

18F Frontwoman Hillary Hartley Pulls Plug on Term Early

Hillary Hartley is reportedly the third senior official to leave the GSA’s disruptive internal startup, 18F, in recent months. According to an internal email, she has accepted a position in Canada.

March 17, 2017

Santa Cruz County, Calif., Launches Tool to Reduce, Dismiss Convictions from Criminal Records

The Clear My Record tool is also available in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, San Francisco and Solano.

March 17, 2017

San Diego CISO Departs for Private Sector

After nearly four years with the city of San Diego, Chief Information Security Officer Gary Hayslip is reportedly leaving to pursue opportunities in the private sector.

March 17, 2017

How can you play with your pet even when you’re not home?

Answer: Pebby

March 16, 2017

CGI Wins First Three Phases of Colorado's Agile Child Welfare System Modernization

The company is set to deliver multiple components of a massive, 16-year-old system.

March 16, 2017

In Post-Election Activism Surge, 'Countable' Startup Raises $2 Million

The representative-contacting company has received its first venture capital injection.

March 16, 2017

What’s the name of NASA’s new robot?

Answer: PUFFER

March 15, 2017

NYC's Redesigned Service Accessibility Site Simplifies the Social Program Eligibility Process

ACCESS NYC has gone through a makeover in order to make it more accessible for knickerbockers to receive city services.

March 15, 2017

How could hackers take over your smartphone?

Answer: soundwaves

March 14, 2017

Sunshine Week 2017: Where Does Public Access to Government Data Stand?

When it comes to transparency in government, some entities excel while others fall short, which means there's still work to be done.

March 14, 2017

Who might be the maker of your next wearable device?

Answer: Levi’s

March 13, 2017

Intel Acquires Mobileye, Makes $15 Billion Bet on Self-Driving Vehicles

Intel announced that it would buy the driving assistance part maker, which specializes in computer vision and collision avoidance.

March 13, 2017

Google Machine Learning Competition Offers Millions for Startups

The cloud-based startup competition includes backing from some big Silicon Valley venture capitalists.

March 13, 2017

North Dakota Makes Way for New CIO

Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed Minnesotan Shawn Riley to head up the North Dakota Information Technology Department.

March 13, 2017

What was the inspiration for these resilient drones?

Answer: insects

March 10, 2017

Congress, FCC Take Aim at Consumers' Data Privacy

A ruling by the Federal Communications Commission and two joint resolutions introduced in Congress would make it harder for consumers to keep their personal information private.

March 10, 2017

USDS Co-Founder to Return to White House

According to reports, Haley Van Dyck will return to the federal government to help deliver digital services.

March 10, 2017

Pop.Up: Not Just Another Flying Car Concept

French transportation giant Airbus plans to test a flying vehicle prototype later this year. Time will tell if that jump-starts the ambitious drone-car protype unveiled March 7 at the Geneva car show.

March 10, 2017

What will some new Cadillacs be able to do?

Answer: “talk” to each other

March 9, 2017

Columbus, Ohio, Hires City's First Chief Innovation Officer

Mike Stevens, a former deputy director of the Columbus Department of Development, was appointed to the role.

March 9, 2017

Startup in Residence Is Now Accepting Applications for 2017 Cohort

The program connects four Northern California cities with startups to create technologies aimed at improving housing, transportation, public safety and other community challenges.

March 9, 2017

Which news outlet is going all-in when it comes to virtual reality?

Answer: CNN

March 8, 2017

The 6 Challenges of Autonomous Vehicles and How to Overcome Them

The University of Washington released a report for how Seattle should handle the onset of autonomous vehicles, but lessons can be applied to cities nationwide.

March 8, 2017

Who might be cooking your food at one burger chain?

Answer: Flippy

March 7, 2017

Oakland, Calif., Names New CIO

Andrew "Pete" Peterson has been announced as the new CIO of Oakland, Calif.

March 7, 2017

NYC Woos Data Newbies With New Open Data Portal Home Page

On the fifth anniversary of New York City's Open Data Law, officials launched a new, user-friendly homepage for the NYC Open Data Web portal.

March 7, 2017

Go Boston 2030 Vision and Action Plan Outlines Region's Next Generation of Transportation

After gathering community feedback for the past two years, the city released its plan that will begin to prioritize its projects and policies, most of which focus on the city’s innovative community outreach program.

March 7, 2017

What’s the price of a 3-D printed house?

Answer: $10,134

March 6, 2017

Amazon Web Services Opens 'City on a Cloud' Contest, Adds K-12 Districts

The competition awards winners with cloud credits to help build out their projects.

March 6, 2017

PermitZone Nabs Finalist Spot in $50K SXSW Pitch Competition

The company is one of 15 finalists for the contest.

March 6, 2017

Where can robots now deliver goods right to residents' doors?

Answer: Virginia

March 3, 2017

March 4 Declared 'Open Data Day' in Los Angeles, Cities Worldwide

International Open Data Day promotes transparency through the use of freely available, non-copyrighted data. This year’s event focuses on open data for research, human rights and the environment, and for tracking the flow of public money.

March 3, 2017

Uber Works with California DMV on Permitting, Takes Extreme Measures Evading Authorities in Certain Localities

The ride-sharing giant takes one step forward and one step back in its seemingly never-ending journey for government acceptance.

March 2, 2017

URBAN-X Accelerator's Second Cohort Features Gov Tech Companies

The New York City startup investor has taken on eight new companies.

March 2, 2017

How are researchers tracking wild elephant behavior?

Answer: wearable tech