The Civic Data Challenge: Creation Phase

The Civic Data Challenge has just completed the ideation phase and entered its creation phase. The ideation phase was fantastically successful, drawing on civic health data to address several civic problems. Some of the ideas include:

  • An online nonprofit mapping tool to more efficiently bridge the gap between services provided and community needs,
  • A Civic Heartbeat website to provide citizens with a simple and intuitive way to monitor their community’s civic health lifeline,
  • A Realtime Resources app to connect New Orleans residents with quality social services in an effort to reduce street violence.

Now, developers, designers, data scientists, journalists and nonprofit leaders are all teaming up, picking ideas, and building applications and visualizations to solve civic data problems. Participants are encouraged to develop one of the ideas shared during Ideation or create their own. If you’ve got data, design, or visualization skills, you can find the Challenge criteria and rubric here. All entries are due by 11:59pm Eastern time on July 28, 2013. As a participant, you will have the chance to get your work in front of great judges including:

  • Vivek Kundra, Executive Vice President, of Emerging Markets of
  • Craig Newmark, Founder of Craigslist and Craigconnects
  • Jake Porway, Founder and Executive Director of DataKind
  • Leslie Bradshaw, Chief Operating Officer of Guide
  • Beth Kanter, Speaker, Author, Trainer, and Blogger
  • Ryan Resella, Senior Engineer at Upworthy
  • Trina Chiasson, Co-founder and CEO of InfoActive
  • James Siegal, Executive Vice President and chief Operating Officer of KaBOOM!
  • Shiblee Hasa, UI & Visualization Design at Amazon
  • Drew Skau, Visualization Architect at Visually

  In addition to the opportunity to make a real impact, all Civic Data Challenge participants will have access to exciting opportunities, including:

  Finalists will be competing for prizes that include:

  • A main stage speaking engagement at DataWeek 2013 Conference and Expo, Pro Passes included
  • Conference passes to the 2013 National Conference on Citizenship in Washington, DC, and a speaking engagement at the Conference’s Open Data and Technology Learning Summit
  • Promotion by as well as the chance to become a qualified Marketplace designer
  • 3 months of SenGrid’s Bronze package
  • Continued use of service credits through March 2014
  • Cool gadgets including GoPro Hero2 and Raspberry Pi Model B
  • And $15,000 in cash prizes brought to us by our partners at Knight Foundation

  *Available on a first-come-first-served basis to every team that submits an entry meeting the basic requirements as outlined in the Civic Challenge Rubric.

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