Tina Trenckner reports that "interest in partnerships between independent software developers and cities has exploded."
"Smartphones' popularity is one reason why the developer-city government dynamic has grown so quickly. Another is economic. Like most governments, cities face tight budgets and have fewer resources. But the lack of funds for IT hasn't stifled the desire to be innovative. "We need to think about how we can leverage the excess capacity that's inherent in our people to solve all those problems and there's no other solution," Corbett says."