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City Announces Winners of 2018 Civic Code & Design Challenge

Bloomington, Ind. - The City of Bloomington has announced the winners of its second Civic Code & Design Challenge. The competition was a part of this year's Combine technology and entrepreneurship conference in April. Entrants were tasked with designing and creating a new online interface for use by residents to submit concerns to the City, from reporting potholes to notifying the City about graffiti. The City’s uReport application, which currently handles resident reporting of this nature, is online at

The competition’s $1000 top prize was split between two entries: one designed by the team of Matt Armstrong, Matt Batman and Dana Palazzo; the other, by Jeffrey Ravindran Durai Nayagam.

The entries were judged on the following criteria:  compliance with the design challenge guidelines, compatibility with the City's existing IT infrastructure, and the design and ease of use of the application as a whole. Elements from both winning entries will be applied to the next iteration of the uReport app.

“The Civic Code & Design Challenge is a great opportunity to connect and engage civic-minded technologists to improve our community,” said Rick Dietz, Director of Information & Technology Services.  

“Congratulations to the winners of this year’s challenge,” said Mayor John Hamilton. “Bloomington has a long and distinguished reputation as an incubator for innovation. The Combine and the Challenge are continuing to nurture that creative spirit and harness it in service of our residents!”

The challenge was co-sponsored by the Combine, Bloomington's annual technology and entrepreneurship conference; the City's ITS Department; the City's Office of Innovation; and BMG Hack, Bloomington’s official Code for America brigade. Funding for the Civic Code & Design Challenge awards comes from the City’s Innovation Fund.