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.
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.
Past NC DataPalooza winners have gone on to create scalable solutions.
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.
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.
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.)