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An app for happiness? Somerville to test it out

Posted by Jarret Bencks  June 6, 2013 11:01 AM

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The City of Somerville is partnering with an organization developing a smartphone app geared toward increasing happiness, according to an announcement from the city.

hapapp.JPGSomerville will serve as the pilot community for The H(app)athon Project, which is creating the phone application. The program starts with a survey, then uses that information to match the user with activities, organizations, and services that will maximize their happiness.

In 2011, Somerville distributed happiness surveys to residents and compiled the data into a "Report on Wellbeing," which has been used to steer policy in the city.

The data from the new app could spawn new ideas, according to city officials.

"It's an ambitious idea," Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone said in a statement. "But I know that the data will help us run the City as much as it will help residents find resources that they might not know about otherwise."

The app will be released citywide in the fall for the pilot program. The H(app)athon Project hopes to release it publicly sometime in 2014.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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