iKan Mobile App Receives 'State IT Innovation of the Year' Award from StateScoop

May 15, 2019
TOPEKA, KS - The State of Kansas' iKan mobile application received the State IT Innovation of the Year award from Scoop News Group at the 2019 StateScoop 50 Awards ceremony in National Harbor, MD.
 
Presented for the sixth year, the StateScoop 50 awards honor the projects and people driving state government technology and cybersecurity.
 

“As we look across the entire government landscape at Scoop News Group, we know that community is what drives true change in government,” said Goldy Kamali, founder and CEO of Scoop News Group, StateScoop’s parent company. “We are honored to celebrate the brightest leaders from government and the tech industry for the sixth StateScoop 50 Awards.”

In January, members of the state and local IT community nominated thousands of leaders and projects for the awards. StateScoop narrowed the list to 180 of those who received the most nominations and readers cast more than 2 million votes nationally between March and April to select the final 50 winners.

Winners were honored Sunday at a reception in National Harbor.

The iKan mobile application was released in April of 2018 with the goal of providing a single mobile location for multiple citizen transactions with the state. The first service accessible to Kansans was the ability to renew vehicle registrations. Since this launch, the app has also added vital records requests. The app is also the first in the country to allow citizens to renew their driver's license without going into a DMV. 

“With the constant evolution of technology and the growing access to mobile, Kansas has prioritized the development of solutions that make government more convenient for citizens,” said Lee Allen, Executive Branch Chief Information Technology Officer for the State of Kansas. “The early results for the state are exciting and have already shown a direct impact on local offices.” 

The app was developed by PayIt, a Midwest-based technology firm specializing in the simplification of government transactions across the country, including taxes, utilities, court records, and more as part of their cloud-based platform. 

“Kansas continues to be first in technology which matches the priority of the Governor to make government more modern, more effective, more efficient, and more accessible,” said Grant Gordon, Managing Director of PayIt. “Kansans will be the first in the nation to use the State’s new app to renew a driver’s license or vehicle registration right from their phone or online via the iKan web and/or mobile app. Users also have access to a temporary receipt in their mobile wallet and can be used for all iKan services.”

The State of Kansas looks to further expand citizen services on iKan with the potential to add mobile property tax services statewide in 2019, as well as professional licensing, and business-related services. What makes the solution unique is the combination of multiple state departments such as the Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicles, Department of Health and Environment and others using a single service. The technology partnership is built on an iterative product development cycle to quickly deploy re-imagined services that streamline government in a personal, secure way. 

“Kansas is now the leader for digital government in the United States with a simple, secure way for citizens to transact day to day,” said Gordon. “With iKan, the State has a brilliant tech foundation to build services that create value for every citizen.”