New app links problems to 311 center
Ald. Ameya Pawar, 47th, talks to the Chicago City Council on Sept. 12, 2012. (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune / September 27, 2012)
Chicago Works 2.0 was developed by Ald. Ameya Pawar, 47th, and his childhood friend Dimitrios Tragas of 2pensmedia.com. It’s available free at iTunes.
The app, which Pawar first created before being elected in 2011, is the first one to integrate the city’s new tracking system, which operates much like the ones provided by a package delivery service, Pawar said. “But I’m sure there are going to be tons of people that will build them.”
The app lists the top 14 service requests and allows the attachment of a photo. It uses GPS to track the location from which the request is made and sends a response back to the person who sent it, as well as the alderman from the area.