Techwire: Sacramento Signs Up for Second Round of 'Innovate Your State'

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Originally appeared September 16,2016 / Jason Shueh / techwire.net

In California's capital city, Innovate Your State — a nonprofit that encourages public participation to improve government outcomes — and the Sacramento Mayor's Office for Innovation and Entrepreneurship are hosting the second annual Civic & Gov Tech Showcase, where civic-minded entrepreneurs, potential investors, and government leaders to showcase innovation.

At 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and Innovate Your State Founder and Venture Capitalist Tim Draper will join countless startups that will present their solutions to improve government.

One such startup is Santa Clara-based Ittavi, whose SupportPay app seeks to eliminate conflict around paying child support, the Sacramento Business Journal reported. The platform lets parents cite expenses and make child support payments online.

Johnson has, in recent years, made innovative technology central to his platform. After seeing the new Golden 1 Arena project in the city's downtown area through, he worked to simplify what would most certainly be a traffic nightmare. He announced in July a partnership with urban mobility company Parkeon to design and create an app that would make it easier to locate a parking spot, purchase parking in advance, provide information on space availability, and obtain real-time traffic information. 

And on Sept. 1, the system — called SacPark — went live on the Web. The app is still in development, but is expected to launch in late September.

This article was originally published on Government Technology as a part of This Week in Civic Tech.

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