SXSW 2017: Is Virtual Reality the Future of Government?

At South by Southwest on Saturday, mayors took turns exploring a virtual reality rendering of a city CRM system.

by / March 14, 2017

Mayors love dashboards and visualizations. It allows them and their employees to make sense of the huge volumes of data that come through city customer relationship management (CRM) systems.

At SXSW on Saturday, mayors took turns exploring a virtual reality rendering of a city CRM system. It was a head-turning experience but didn't sell everyone just yet.

"It's a cool tool, but ... where's the value added in terms of applications?" said San Jose, Calif., Mayor Sam Liccardo. "I'm very interested in looking more at it, but I still need to be persuaded this is something we want to invest in."

Richard Berry, the mayor of Albuquerque, N.M., however, already has some ideas on how to apply VR to government. Watch the Facebook Live video below to find out.

 

This story was originally published by Governing.

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Paul W. Taylor, Ph.D., is the chief content officer of Government Technology and its parent organization, e.Republic. Prior to joining e.Republic, Taylor served as deputy Washington state CIO. Dr. Taylor came to public service following decades of work in media, Internet startups and academia. He is also among a number of affiliated experts with the nonprofit, non-partisan Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) in Washington, D.C. He is creator, producer and co-host of the GovTech360 podcast.

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