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

Mark your calendars!
1st Round Team Pitches on October 27 as a part of All Things Open
2016 NC DataPalooza scheduled for November 14

Team Pitches at All Things Open


NC DataPalooza Finale

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2016 was our best DataJam to date! We kicked things off on September 24 with Ideation and a Hackathon as a part of CityCamp NC. Read about the different teams that competed!

All Things Open

Join us on October 27, where we will be involved with All Things Open. Here, start up pitches will be presented by teams competing in NC DataPalooza. Teams & guests will need to register here.

NC DataPalooza: Final Pitch

On November 14, the three teams will make their final pitch. Only one will receive the $5,000 Grand Prize and the $500 ESRI bonus. See who takes home the prizes. Get your ticket today!

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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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