An open-data startup competition to catalyze positive community and economic impact.

Congrats to our 2015 Winners – Open 511 and Points of Note!


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Creating innovation through open data.


We kicked things off on May 16th with Ideation and a Hackathon…15 teams formed at this year’s DataJam.

90 Day Competition

DataPalooza competition to build a scalable startup idea using open data. Teams worked with expert coaches over the summer.

Final Pitch: September 21st, 2015

Three teams pitched, with Open 511 winning the $5,000 Grand Prize and Points of Note taking the $500 ESRI bonus.

2015 Challenge Topics


The health area focuses on the improvement of health and well being for individuals, their families, and their communities.

Example: Preventing Food-Borne Illness Outbreaks

Economic Development

The economic development area looks to increase the economic opportunity for individuals and their communities.

Example: Supporting Affordable Housing Placement for Families in Need

Safety & Justice

The safety & justice area looks to improve areas in communities to prevent individuals from entering and leaving the justice system.

Example: Data Aggregation Across Municipalities (ie: sheriff departments)

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We are on a mission to provide a robust set of usable open data that can be manipulated by local entrepreneurs; increase regional collaboration around open data; stimulate significant economic and community development; and position North Carolina as a hotbed of open-data and entrepreneurial activity.

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"By participating in NC DataPalooza, I was introduced to a truly large cross section of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Triangle entrepreneurs, investors, academics, government workers and corporate players. I don’t think it’s possible to get this sort of exposure in six months through any other program."

Ian Henshaw, Technology Tank

Past Winners



Challenge/theme: Economic development, Public Safety

Team: Open 511

Results: The “Road Closure Clearinghouse” automates the exchange of road closure data from government (and possibly individual reporters) back to navigation systems such as Waze and Google Maps for accurate, up-to-date transportation information. This will improve safety by more reliably routing people around road closures. Municipalities would purchase server accounts, and individual users could browse for free or pay for push notifications, multiple queries, or multi-jurisdiction feeds. Click here to view a demo.

Stone Soup


Challenge/theme: Healthcare

Team: Stone Soup

Results: Through the data set USDA Food Access, the Stone Soup team members found that many counties in North Carolina have high levels of food insecurity—meaning that a large percentage of the population doesn’t have a reliable access to food sources—so the team built a platform to help fill the gaps. Stone Soup, named after the book, is an online platform that connects those who need food, or those with food to donate, with food pantries in their area. Individuals in need can also register to get alerts when food is available.

Parking App: North Hills


Challenge/theme: Energy, Education and Healthcare

Team: The Parking App Development Team

Results: The ‘parking initiative’ team developed a prototype mobile app that helps drivers find nearby parking and uses pricing and GPS data. It also allows individuals to see photos, payment options, and walking directions to-and-from parking decks. In early 2014 the prototype was incorporated into the app launched by North Hills in Midtown Raleigh. Soon, this technology will power a comprehensive mobile app covering Raleigh’s urban core. (The Downtown Raleigh Alliance is developing the downtown app.)


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