Best IT Project 2016
And the winner is... City of Novi!
||The Best IT Project Award is given to the government agency that shows resourceful initiatives, cost savings measures or an innovative IT solution to a problem, new way of working or business process. This year’s winner is the City of Novi who, in partnership with the Novi Community School District, Northville Public Schools and Walled Lake Consolidated Schools, launched an online community attraction tool called Hello Novi (hellonovi.org). The site provides an engaging, technologically driven platform for anyone to become acquainted with the Novi community. Users can explore with an interactive map and learn about the exemplary educational opportunities, high quality public services and robust private employment locations with the City of Novi. Using traditional informational content, location based presentation and share based social media, users can travel down a Novi street in an augmented reality experiencing the traits and amenities that make Novi a unique and desirable place to live in or visit. The site also proves useful to families who are moving to Novi from other countries for overseas work assignments. Hello Novi features a google translate option to facilitate understanding in dozens of languages and provides information that can be useful in making necessary arrangements prior to arrival including school district information. As part of its development, a series of interviews were conducted with families, businesses, city leaders and school administrators to determine the Novi brand as it is really lived and experienced. Hello Novi serves as the beginning of a conversation about the City and enhances and expands the ability to portray Novi in an increasingly mobile world.