NC DataPalooza held is 4th annual open-data start up competition on November 14. After three months of ideation, coding, and strategizing, it came down to three teams: NC Food Inspector, OverEasy, and the New Cartographers.
The event was held in the Red Hat Annex. Guests enjoyed free refreshments and food, provided by Neomonde. The evening kicked off with a welcome from Red Hat’s own, Jason Hibbets, followed by an introduction and overview by Zach Ambrose, the lead organizer for NC DataPalooza. Charles Gaddy, with Global Data Consortium, took the stage as the first speaker of the night. He spoke on data quality and shared the Mickey Mouse and James Bond are the most falsified names in databases. Next, Nick Harvey from Red Hat spoke on containers and open data.
It was then time for the three finalists to make their pitches. First up was Team OverEasy. Their pitch, Microcensus, utilizing US Census data and Esri open data. Microcensus will provide rapid research and reporting for open data sets. By the time Microcensus reaches maturity, it will be the go-to data tool for first-line research across many disciplines and industries.
Second up was the New Cartographers. Gavin and his dad were back once again to compete. Their pitch, Kid Transit, used open source data to create ‘walking school busses’; groups of kids guided by a volunteer parent or guardian. The Guide walks (or bikes) along a scheduled, predetermined route and uses Esri’s Survey 123 to check in children and report safety concerns. These surveys are immediately available so principals can track groups, view live traffic, and dispatch assistance as needed.