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

Congratulations to our 2017 winner – Civic Rise.

NC Datapalooza 3 Team Finalists




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

All Things Open

On October 27, 2016 we partnered up with All Things Open. There, start up pitches were presented by teams competing in NC DataPalooza.

NC DataPalooza: Final Pitch

On November 14, 2016 the three teams made their final pitch. Only one received the $5,000 Grand Prize and the $500 ESRI bonus. See who took home the prizes.

Open Data Portals

Browse Data


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.

Join Us

Ready to be part of North Carolina’s open data innovation ecosystem? Have an idea you want to accelerate? Want to join a team?

Find Out How


Total data sets
Top Teams to Pitch
Winning Team

"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: Open data on legislators, political offices and elections.

Team: CivicRise

Results: CivicRise is a smartphone app that sends users calls-to-action on social and political causes they support. Actions can include contacting legislators and other advocacy activities that can be completed on the mobile device.


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.)


Challenge/theme: Economic Development, City Planning, Food Safety, Education

Impact, Scalability, Use Open Data, Design & Execution

Team: New Cartographers

Results: Building off a project presented at CityCamp NC, Kids Transit enables students and parents to identify safe routes to school, organize ad hoc walking or biking groups, improves community involvement, identifies barriers to pedestrian and cycling mobility, and helps school systems reduce bus use and improve the air quality of schools.


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.


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.


Contact Info

    • 310 S. Harrington Street
    • +919.300.6917
    • Monday – Friday: 9AM – 5PM



  • Zach Ambrose
  • Brent Anthony
  • Natalie Noel