New South Burlington City App is First of its Kind in U.S.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Posted by: Jeff Couture
South Burlington launched a new app Monday that lets residents give direct feedback to their local government. The app asks residents questions such as whether they ride their bike to work, if their streets are well-plowed in the winter, and how well their city roads are maintained.
The app uses blockchain, a kind of open database technology, that is very new to Vermont. A state law that went into effect in July 2018 paved the way for blockchain companies to come to the state. Blockchain is best known as the technology that is used in cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin.
South Burlington is the first city in the country to use blockchain for city engagement, according to the developers who created it.
Plett along with Oleg Gutsol, who work for a company called Consensus AI, got their inspiration for the app, also called Consensus, from Estonia, a country renowned for its tech-savvy government. The Toronto-based developers have never made an app like this before, but say South Burlington’s pilot program could soon be replicated by city governments across the country.