About I Change My City
IChangeMycity.com is a hyper-local social change network that has created communities of citizens in Bengaluru, keen on solving civic issues in the city.
As of July 2015, the IChangeMyCity.com (ICMyC) has a registered user base of 1,66,000 and has more than 25,700 active citizens posting complaints on the site. Around 13,000 of these complaints have been resolved by connecting complainants to various government agencies.
ICMyC has helped solve problems ranging from indifferent garbage collection, poor street lighting, potholes and security related issues in the suburbs. It has also provided citizens with useful information on how much funds have been allocated to wards and constituencies and how the same has been utilised.
IChangeMyCity was launched in 2012 in Bangalore to address the lack of three aspects in urban governance; participation, accountability and transparency. Now, it is all set to venture into more cities in India.
IChangeMycity.com is also the winner of the prestigious Google Global Impact Award- India 2013.
The unique power of ICMyYC is that it networks people locally to address issues of common concerns. It connects people on-line to bring them together off-line for civic engagement on the ground.
The multiplicity of various government departments and the paperwork involved acts as a deterrent for many individuals to connect with civic agencies. IChangeMycity.com tries to address this problem by being a seamless bridge between government and citizens.
Urban India suffers from a massive disconnect between citizens and local government, where even a small task, such as finding information to contact your local civic agency, becomes an incredibly challenging feat. This is exacerbated by fragmentation between urban bodies and departments, and, fundamentally, a lack of formal avenues for citizens to take part in local governance.
ICMYC was launched on 22nd July, 2012 out of the need for a platform to connect citizens to each other and their civic agencies and to act as a single point interaction for all city-related news and happenings.
The online team invested three years building the ICMYC platform- an undertaking which required the creation of a sophisticated architecture, the production of maps from an astonishing 5000+ geo-locational data points, and the building of a complex system by which complaints are sorted and forwarded to relevant Government Agencies for solutions.