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NC DataPalooza Kickoff Teams

These are the teams that submitted applications for NC DataPalooza Kickoff competition.  Each team did a 5-minute pitch followed by a 3-minute Q & A with judges.  See all the teams here:

Find Me a Grad School- Web-application (website) that suggests a list of graduate schools that future graduate students have a higher chance of being admitted into based on students’ personal information (GPA, GRE, potentially, the country they are from, financial capabilities).

Are We Represented?- Shed light on how representative our elected bodies are by comparing the demographics of local & state elected bodies with the demographics of the communities they represent. Goals are to visualize potential discrepancies in an easy-to-understand way and to provide a tool for analysis of potential impact on other community outcomes.

Concrete Data- Like in many tech-focused cities, new wealth has transformed Durham’s neighborhoods over the last decade. Our application uses open data about residential home sales to build a fine-grained map of how the cost of living has changed across Durham. Then, we provide tools for residents to share their stories about the map: what do they notice, what can they add, and how have they experienced these changes? How can open data, and open storytelling about that data, help Durham determine its future?

Clair- Regardless of how much data you have, how accurate your analysis, how revolutionary your insights, or how many reports you generate, they are all useless if you are unable to successfully compel your team to take action on them. The greatest obstacle is poor buy-in, communication, and follow-through. Clair is the report management platform that compiles report structures from the most popular industry tools and augments your internal analytics with external datasets. She helps you create more persuasive reports and prioritize your improvement strategies before tracking and quantifying the impact of your decisions over time through a centralized dashboard. By aligning your team, from Director to Analyst, from Manager to Developer, Clair helps everyone trust the data that’s being presented, take action, and follow-through.

Civic Rise- 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. CivicRise incorporates open data on legislators, political offices, and elections.

Dēmos- A social venture aimed at increasing participation in local governments by improving information accessibility and transparency through a digital platform. By incorporating data analytics, demographic and policy research, and user-focused design, they present to citizens all the relevant information on issues that impact their lives in an easily-digestible, personalized format.

NCFunder- NCFunder is dedicated to open-sourcing tools that will bring affordable, sustainable access to capital to small businesses in North Carolina. NCFunder is currently working on a multi-week project to connect NC PACES Act intrastate crowdfunding and blockchain-based legal operations.

Site Shield- Improve on the idea of a weather radio by using the internet to retrieve warning polygons, only alerting on actionable items for the singular installed location, and delivering site-specific sheltering instructions. This facilitates sheltering when needed, no unnecessary sheltering, and improves compliance through site-specific messaging.

Data Bacon- We are currently working on building a simple and Interactive question and answer chatbot to get restaurant information. Our chatbot understands What, When, Why, Who, Where, Which, How based questions and looks for the relevant response based on the question parameters and a set of rules that are defined for each question type and the system returns the most relevant answer to the question.

mConnect, “Connecting Communities”– A mobile app designed and created by a team of Triangle residents.  For communities that must currently rely on multiple formats to get timely information to residents, mConnect provides a single stop solution on resident’s handheld devices. It allows users to access key information about the Town including real-time alerts, phone numbers, local news, social media feeds, and public calendars all in one place, rather than having to search the web for it.  “mConnect App” empowers town residents to stay connected, communicate efficiently and live smartly in heart of the triangle.”

NC DataPalooza 2017 Open Data Competition Kickoff

Here are the teams competing in the 5th Annual NCDataPalooza Kickoff for the 2017 open data competition:

FindMeAGradSchool
(Daniyar Zhumadilov)
Web-application (website) that suggests a list of graduate schools that future graduate students have a higher chance of being admitted into based on students’ personal information (GPA, GRE, potentially, the country they are from, financial capabilities).
Techies on Tour: lowering the barriers to inclusive, community-driven tech
(Lory Mills, Suzanne Beaumont, Stephen Larrick, Noel Isama, David Licause)
A simple coordinated engagement model to bring volunteer technologists to nonprofits and community organizations, to listen to needs and offer support. Outcomes will include best practice guidance for brigades and other tech groups to engage with community organizations, an index/registry of local non-profits and their technical needs, an outreach list of tech volunteers, and a simple routing system to direct a recurring “flash mob” style event focusing all available volunteers on one community org per month.
Park Locator
(Brad Broge, Zack Clark)
Have a unified park locator app that can find and display all parks, regardless of jurisdiction
PriceGouging
(William McGuire, Sophia Newton, Zeydy Ortiz, Mark Hutchinson)
Aggregating social data to prevent or identify price gouging and shorten the time for prosecution when incidents occur
Are we represented?
(Leonard Lawson, Eric Jackson, Janelle Bailey, Will Hartye, Laura Biediger, Lorien Olive, Jason Jones)
Shed light on how representative our elected bodies are by comparing the demographics of local & state elected bodies with the demographics of the communities they represent. Goals are to visualize potential discrepancies in an easy-to-understand way and to provide a tool for analysis of potential impact on other community outcomes.
Site Shield
(Kristen Heibel, Jim Scarborough, Rob Montalvo)
Improve on the idea of a weather radio by using the internet to retrieve warning polygons, only alerting on actionable items for the singular installed location, and delivering site-specific sheltering instructions. This facilitates sheltering when needed, no unnecessary sheltering, and improves compliance through site-specific messaging.
DataBacon
(Sriharish Ranganathan, Anand Niranjan)
We are currently working on building a simple and Interactive question and answer chatbot to get restaurant information. Our chatbot understands What, When, Why, Who, Where, Which, How based questions and looks for the relevant response based on the question parameters and a set of rules that are defined for each question type and the system returns the most relevant answer to the question.
Prepared by Suzanne Beaumont

4th Annual NC DataPalooza Finale Results!

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.

 

NC DataPalooza Finalists!

2016 NC DATAJAM PARTICIPANTS AT WORK

We can’t wait to see the what the finalists have built!

Eight teams met on Thursday at All Things Open and made their pitches for one of three spots at the NC DataPalooza November 14th Finale.  The competition was fierce, and the judges selected the following teams to battle for the $5,000 Grand Prize and the $500 Best Use of Esri Technology Prize:

  • New Cartographers
  • OverEasy
  • NC Food Inspector

 

NC DataPalooza will be from 5-8 p.m., November 14th, at the Red Hat Annex and will feature food from Neomonde!  Attendees will hear from great speakers and pitches with live demos from the three finalist teams.

We want to extend a special thank you to our sponsors, our ATO judges and the great teams who competed at ATO!  We’re looking forward to seeing you at Red Hat Annex.  There will be networking, delicious food, engaging speakers, great projects built on Open Data and suspense!  

 

NC Datapalooza DataJam Sparks Next Generation

Raleigh, NC; September 20, 2016

This upcoming Saturday September 24th, NC Datapalooza’s DataJam, will take place at Downtown Raleigh’s Church on Morgan (136 East Morgan Street). DataJam event, part of CityCamp NC, will feature pitches, a hackathon with data experts, free access to ESRI tools, and judges’ feedback. The regional competition will empower innovators, designers and developers to catalyze economic, health and community impact through open data. Register today for this Saturday’s event at www.ncdatapalooza.com

With access to open data from ESRI, the federal and local governments, DataJam participants will create solutions to impact economic development, increase access to information and improve community health.

This year’s DataJam will include a $1,000 first place prize and a $500 “best use of ESRI technology” prize. ESRI, is an international supplier of geographic information system (GIS) software, web GIS and geo-database management applications. DataJam teams will be entered into an open data competition, with a chance for cash prizes at NC Datapalooza on November 14, 2016.

CityCamp NC is an annual event that brings citizens, city/county/state government, and businesses together to openly innovate and improve our quality of life through technology. www.citycampnc.org

NC Open Pass is the premier pass to open source, open government, open data, and other innovative events around the Triangle, North Carolina area. The pass allows you to pay once and attend any of the NC Open Pass affiliated events throughout the year. Learn more here: www.ncopenpass.com

Please check out this year’s NC Datapalooza’s DataJam Hackathon event on Twitter @NCDatapalooza and using the #NCDataJam and #CityCampNC hashtags to follow events.