Revolutionary Gov 2.0 solution YouTown

connecting citizens with their local governments and city information through a mobile app that was built by Redwerk for DotGov, Inc.

DotGov, IncDotGov, IncSeattle, WA, United States

DotGov is a Gov 2.0 start-up company on a mission to create tools and deliver applications that change the way citizens interact with their local governments and cities.

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We have over 10 years of experience in e-government solutions and standards that we applied in the YouTown project for DotGov, Inc.

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Redwerk`s software engineers were contracted to design the solution`s initial architecture and then develop it from the ground up. The backend had to be lightning fast and robust enough to be able to aggregate data from various sources like civic, licensing and permit services, local events and attractions, public works departments, schools, transportation services, and local publications websites, while keeping all of this information as up-to-date and streamlined as possible in one intuitive and customizable mobile application. For many years our team provides quality outsource iPhone app development services for e-government industry, so we willingly accepted this challenge.


Redwerk`s development team built the system`s backend to crawl multiple city and county councils, police and other authority websites and present the aggregated data visually through the mobile application called YouTown. YouTown app users are able to access up to the minute updates from their local governments because our team reduced the feed update latency to one minute. Updates and information include city services, job postings, bids & proposals solicitations, licensing and fees, maps of local points of interest, events and meetings, calendar and recent news.

The data is stored in CouchDB, a document-based database. Redwerk developers implemented a thin mobile client that communicates with the server using the REST API, which has a design that allows operating data items like resources. The majority of the processing is done on the server-side, eliminating frequent updates in the code and providing backward compatibility.

Supported data feed formats are RSS, iCalendar, XML and KML/KMZ.

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The first fully functional betas, both for the web UI used by local governments and the mobile app for end users, were delivered in just 3 months. Ongoing development resulted in new and downright cool functionality. The cities in U.S. and the Netherlands adopted YouTown. Later on, the product got acquired and rebranded with the help of Redwerk software development outsource company. Its skillful mobile apps developers were responsible for the technical aspect of the process and played the key role in it.

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Fundamentally changing the way a citizen interacts with their government.

Platform that supports founders and inspires innovation.

This is a big step toward seamless, one-stop communication between citizens and their communities.

Serves a community of more than 300,000 government leaders.

All-in-one mobile platform that allows government agencies to get mobile within a day.

Features the innovators and ideas changing the way government works.

YouTown is designed to help local governments provide citizens with wireless access to city and county services.

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Exit: Acquisition

YouTown was bought by a Dutch e-government vendor to be used as foundation of new product.

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Interesting Fact

WSFA 12 news channel in Montgomery, Alabama featured a report on YouTown`s functionality and convenience in April 2011. The news channel`s website runs on another one of Redwerk`s customer`s (Worldnow) SaaS CMS system. Worldnow has been partnering with Redwerk to develop their products since 2010.

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The main objective of the YouTown project was to make it possible to display social information in the user’s city. This made the task of receiving fresh information our number one priority, so the development team implemented a solution for crawling social network feeds every minute.

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