Massachusetts is tackling a major campaign in civic tech. It’s what the state’s IT department, MassIT, calls GovNext — a program that opens the door for civic innovation projects, and institutionalizes entrepreneurial prototyping and experimentation. The initiative works to deliver high-quality, modern technology to the public.
Massachusetts Deputy CIO Karthik Viswanathan said GovNext was envisioned to be a proving ground for a number of apps and citizen-centric inventions in the coming months. The move is prompted by a realization that constituents require simple, quick and efficient public services.
GovNext will not only affect Massachusetts state agencies, but also municipalities and their citizens. To accomplish this ambitious feat, the program has structured itself into three types of projects:
To highlight a few details of GovNext and the state’s emerging civic tech initiatives, Viswanathan spoke to Government Technology at the Massachusetts Digital Government Summit held in Boston on Nov. 2.
Jason Shueh is a former staff writer for Government Technology magazine.