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Congrats to Civic Rise – 2017 NC Datapalooza Winner

The NC DataPalooza finale on Monday has been seven weeks in the making. The final three teams have been working to refine their pitches and demo’s since the competition kickoff, held in late September during CityCamp NC, for the chance to walk away with the $5,000 grand prize. See Finale Video Pitches & Speaker Presentations.

One theme that emerged during the finale was a chance for to explore the challenges in our communities and how we can solve these problems by working together.

“I am very impressed that we’ve gathered this much interest in 2017,” said Suja Thomas of Raleigh software startup Pendo and a judge for the competition. “The NC OpenPass organizers have done a great job to provide a collaborative environment to foster ideas and then translate those ideas into something useful for our community, empowering people to solve problems with open data.”

NC DataPalooza

During opening remarks, Christopher Gergen, Founding Partner at HQ Raleigh and also a judge for the competition, talked about creating a better, more inclusive ecosystem that engages all parts of community–particularly under-represented communities. This really helped set the tone for the evening as attendees heard from three teams whose common thread was civic engagement.

The finalists

The three teams in the competition delivering 10-minute pitches and demos before a panel of expert judges were:

  • CivicRise: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 residents’ handheld devices.

“The three teams had excellent insight on the needs for civic engagement. They embraced how technology can help, but not overwhelm,” said Associate Professor John Stephens, UNC Chapel Hill School of Government. “The teams showed how we can navigate technology-savvy and technology-challenged communities, and how this is a central problem for all thoughtful public officials.”

Talking blockchain

While the judges deliberated to select a winner, Tom Wilson from Tabula Rasa Health Care’s JRS Innovation Center, delivered a keynote about blockchain and how it can be applied to cities.

He first gave us the basics of Blockchain, and then we explored the idea of “smart contracts” that live on blockchain where anyone can execute the code of that contract.

Obviously, this has a lot of security implications, but the open source development model has already proven that this approach can be sustainable.

And the winner is …

After deliberation, the judges returned to the competition following the Tom Wilson keynote. The winner, declared by the panel of judges and announced by Christopher Gergen, was CivicRise.

“CivicRise represented the best of open data combined with a growing passion for civic engagement,” said Christopher Gergen, Founding Partner at HQ Raleigh. “We’re excited for the high potential and long-term potential for public impact going forward.”

Stay tuned to ncopenpass.com for 2018 announcements and other news.

Read more at http://wraltechwire.com/talking-tech-ecosystem-blockchain-picking-a-startup-winner-at-nc-datapalooza-video-/17113388/#LzmqWHV2TGF3FQFz.99

NC Datapalooza Finale Keynote Speaker

NC Datapalooza Finale Keynote Speaker

Interviewed By Brent Anthony

 

1) Tell us about your firm.  Why focus on blockchain? What’s 1 example where you are working on blockchain and usage of open data right now?

(Tom) About the JRS Innovation Center, (http://www.jackrussellsoftware.com/) We are a division or our parent company Tabula Rasa Healthcare, and we three areas of focus, Training – Technology Training, we run a coding school called JRS Coding School Programs – We put together internal and community events on emerging technology and host the CharlestonJS Meet-up Group Labs – We work on prototypes and POC’s for our Parent Company TRHC. We are currently researching Blockchain technology in regards to patient healthcare information right now.

 

2) Do you agree with this recent MIT Tech Review blockchain article?  

Article: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608821/who-will-build-the-health-care-blockchain/

Please further expand more on “What is Bitcoin?”  How will this apply to healthcare? Specifically, do you see current or future blockchain examples in public health sector?

(Tom) I do agree with this MIT blockchain article; I also have the opinion that the HealthCare Patient Chain will not be owned or managed by one company it will be shared public network that provides incentives to all who wish to participate. Bitcoin is one of the first traded virtual currency that was built with blockchain technology. Bitcoin itself does not have anything to do with the solution the article is proposing; the underlying technology blockchain is more what the article is referring to, I will explain more about Blockchain Technology in my keynote.

Specifically, do you see current or future blockchain examples in public health sector?

Yes, I think Pokitdok is working on a fascinating blockchain technology project with patient eligibility claims. There is also a lot of interest with IoT and devices that provide health data; I could see patients getting incentives on a chain by agreeing to provide this data to the chain that can then be used for Machine Learning. I think there could be potential for capturing and reporting outcome data in HealthCare Systems for PDMP (Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs). It is very early days, and lots of research and prototypes and pilots are going on. You also have to be mindful that while there is a lot of buzz right now, there will be a period of settling and viable solutions will start to rise.

 

3) Blockchain has resided predominantly in the financial / fintech sector. How do you see blockchain playing a role in civic engagement, perhaps other similar theme topics – economic development or housing? Feel free to just provide 1 example of your experience or research.

(Tom) I think the state of Illinois is doing some exciting things with Blockchain and Birth Registration – https://illinoisblockchain.tech/illinois-partners-with-evernym-to-launch-birth-registration-pilot-f2668664f67c

I also think using technologies like IPFS https://ipfs.io/ or DAT – https://datproject.org/ with a blockchain log can help consumers of open data to better track outcomes of usage of data etc. Further out, I could see open datasets possibly being published on blockchain as documents enabling consumers of open data to integrate as a shared peer node on the chain.

 

4) Where would someone go to learn more about blockchain, resources and get involved?

(Tom) I would recommend for starters to go IBM Blockchain.

https://www.ibm.com/blockchain/what-is-blockchain.html

Then I would recommend going to Ethereum. Website: https://ethereum.org/

 

5) Curious beyond blockchain, you run a coding school.  Please share more about the coding school. Please explain.

(Tom). Yes, we run a FullStack JavaScript coding school. Our 12 Week, 9 to 5 course, that enables anyone with a little experience with HTML, CSS, and basic programming knowledge to learn Functional Programming, Git, ES2017 JavaScript, NodeJS, NoSQL and SQL Databases and React/Redux and CSS, along with soft skills.

Here is a video of the school – https://vimeo.com/227081092

 

NC DataPalooza Pitch Event at All Things Open

NC DataPalooza Pitch Event at All Things Open

NC DataPalooza selected 3 finalists for the upcoming November 13th Finale event.

The finalists will compete for the $5,000 grand prize at the NC Datapalooza Finale on November 13, 2017, at HQ Raleigh’s Cannon Ballroom.  Early Bird registration is now available for the Finale event. NC Datapalooza tapped the finalists at All Things Open conference in Raleigh, NC.

3 Finalists for NC Datapalooza Nov 13th Finale

Are We Represented?

Description: is an easy to use tool contrasting demographic data of elected bodies with demographic data of communities for which they make decisions.  

Pitch

Civic Rise

Description: Civic Rise is developing a smartphone app that helps and encourages people to become more informed, active citizens.

Pitch

mConnect

Description: mConnect is a mobile native app solution created by a team of Triangle residents. Town of Morrisville version available currently on Google and Apple App Stores.

Pitch

See Remaining ATO Pitch Teams including:

Site Shield

Description: The specificity of a smoke alarm for a tornado warning by analyzing the National Weather Service warnings on the spot.  The first solution is a server-side app for alerting a customer over the internet with a custom message.

Pitch

Clair’

Description: Clair is a powerful, personable business analytics platform that helps you collect, report, organize, and synthesize data in order to prioritize decision making. The platform allows you to make actionable insights that result in increased success for your company or organization.

Pitch

Concrete Data

Description: Concrete data is an interactive cost of housing web app which Durhamites can use to explore the map data on their own.  On top of the visualization, the suite of tools allows Durhamites to share their observations and stories about the map via social media.

Pitch

Demos

Description: A social venture aimed at increasing participation in local government by improving information accessibility and transparency through a digital platform.

Pitch

Go Funder

Description: NC Funder addresses the legal technology gap in providing financial services to small businesses and entrepreneurs.  Legal style hackathon to build open source legal and technical references and tools for North Carolina intrastate crowdfunding exemption, NC PACES Act.

Pitch

NC Datapalooza 2017 Finalists for Nov 13th, 2017

Today, NC Datapalooza selected 3 finalists for the upcoming November 13th Finale event.

The finalists will compete for the $5,000 grand prize at the NC Datapalooza Finale on November 13, 2017, at HQ Raleigh’s Cannon Ballroom.  Early Bird registration is now available for the Finale event.

NC Datapalooza tapped the finalists at All Things Open conference in Raleigh, NC. The finalists include:

  • CivicRise who is developing a smartphone app that helps and encourages people to become more informed, active citizens.

 

  • Are We Represented is an easy to use tool contrasting demographic data of elected bodies with demographic data of communities for which they make decisions.  

 

  • mConnect “Connecting Communities” is a mobile solution designed and created by a team of Triangle residents. Town of Morrisville version available currently on Google and Apple App Stores.

“One of the outcomes we’d like to see from CityCamp NC and NC DataPalooza is more sustainable civic tech. Hackathons are great at creating shiny new objects or prototyping a solution over the course of a weekend. We want to improve our communities with open data, user-centric design, sustainable solutions, and collaborative partnerships.” Jason Hibbets, CityCamp NC and NC DataPalooza co-chair

For more information and learn more:

About the NC Datapalooza & CityCamp NC

NC Datapalooza – Our mission is 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. For more visit www.ncdatapalooza.com

NC DataPalooza and CityCamp NC are continuing their partnership.

CityCamp NC – CityCamp NC is three days of open sourced talks, workshops, and hands-on problem solving, to reimagine the way the web, applications, technology, and participation will shape the future of NC cities. Learn more here, www.citycampnc.org

CONTACT: Zach Ambrose, Principal, Ambrose Strategy, 919-438-2752, zambrose@AmbroseStrategy.com 

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.