About 100 people attended the first regional datapalooza in Research Triangle Park held at Hub Raleigh on April 22, 2013 from 12:30-5:00pm. Below are the notes from six breakout sessions designed to create apps, identify business opportunities, and solve problems on how to use open data from health, education, and green energy.

Jump to: Group 1 | Group 2 | Group 3 | Group 4 | Group 5 | Group 6

Competing NC DataJam Teams (as of 6/17) 

  1. InstaRep: InstaRep is a service that allows users to quickly find out information about their current government representatives’ voting records. The service will be built through smartphone applications and browser extensions in order to complement all users while they read about government policies.With a user’s address, a variety of features can be built on top of this such as contacting officials, recording votes, comparing personal choices against elected officials and more.
  2. City vs. City: A dashboard for the purpose of comparing and displaying the statistics and amenities of the primary cities of the Triangle - Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill.  Audience would include: People considering relocating to the Triangle, Businesses looking to provide info to potential employees to attract them to relocate here, Businesses considering relocating to the Triangle, Real Estate Agents, to present side-by-side comparison data to their clients, Municipal planners to assess their standing among their peer communities, College students considering attending a school here, Citizens of one of the cities, looking for bragging rights. 
  3. Business Opportunity service: Using real estate and business tax data to find opportunities for development and new business. 
  4. Contracter/permitting ratings: 
  5. Safe Driving/Safe Streets: With all the new drivers in the state and young teens beginning their driving experience, having an APP that indicates the following could be leveraged in many ways. App would know who you are by a login routine. It would know your location and where you wanted to travel. It would connect and give you real time data for the current time and weather condition. It would bring back a set of options of how to best route to your destination based on: Do you want to avoid all dangerous intersections? Do you want the safest route for those conditions for same profile as driver or based on all profiles? Family members could track your route with you – maybe until you have had a certain number of months of driving experience or other factors.
  6. Real-time data for students: A platform to host open data competitions for students. We're calling these SODA (Student Open Data) Challenges.

    The platform will initially target high school students, with challenges aligned with relevant Common Core standards for the high school curriculum. Governments can sponsor competitions using their available open data - for example, Wake County could post a county-wide challenge asking students to analyze data from the city of Raleigh or Cary. There will also be a social component to encourage teachers to share their own competitions, data resources, and instructional materials. 

  7. Healthy communities: A dashboard showcasing health stats and healthy activities in different geographic areas. 
  8. Energy Efficiency: A dashboard or application to track water usage within homes. Could be used by both landlords and tenants to estimate potential utility bills. 
  9. Parking GPS service: This project will attempt to make parking in urban areas easier by building a smartphone application that uses the city’s parking lot data. The application will complement a typical navigation app but instead of only giving directions to a destination, it will also give the user information about where to park, cost, etc.
  10. BetaVersity: We are building a web app called BetaVerse, which in its first iteration will be a bit like a "table of contents" for an entrepreneurial path. We've identified a core need that many young people want to build business or create an impact, but have no idea where to start. Even worse, many students at large universities have no idea how many great resources are right around them. The specific version being built for Datapalooza is an easily accessible database of university resources that would be helpful to a student entrepreneur/innovator. It will be a framework that can be rolled out at any university.Students will be able to create a profile, select their school, and search or browse the opportunities, people, resources, competitions, ect that they have access to. This will be free to students, and at first makes money by affiliate links and commissions on sales of services through the database. 

Pictures from the top ideas. Each group presented their top ideas, then each attendee got six post-it notes to vote on their favorite ideas. Those votes helped determine which of the 18 ideas had critical mass and alternatively, similar ideas were merged together.

Group 1

Moderator: Dan Pollard

Top three ideas:

  1. How healthy am I?
  2. Policy framework for using data (SHPNC)
  3. Map of healthy things to do

Ideation session:

Open data vs  closed health data; access | trust

A) [2 votes] Safe lab for sensitive data / secure remote access - use other industry examples

B) [1 vote] Benchmark data <--> Individual data (trends)

C) [0 votes] Use data to define plans to fit population / increase effeciencies

D) [0 votes] Health + Farm box / nutrition

E) [0 votes] Scorecard - providers, health plans

F) [0 votes] Choose healthplan / exchanges

G) [10 votes] How healthy am I?

self assesment for consumers; how healthy can I be?; risk measure - smoking, diabetes, etc; scorecard: benchmark individuals vs state vs national | by gender, age;

H) [2 votes] Create an open data set of available NC entreprenuers and needs of corporate

I) [0 votes] Class size <--> educational outcomes; Cost calculator; Outcome calculator;

J) [10 votes] Policy framework for using data (SHPNC)

How healthy in a given county? Link health / education / farms / medical / exercise / environmental - in a given locale --> cost health status

Contest - healthiest living place -> county level -> map; Collect data - rate what is most important; + physical health + mental health --> drive policy vs. benchmarks (costs, health)

Engage individuals - health efficient statement; what are others paying?

K) [8 votes] Map of healthy things to do



Group 2

Moderator: Chris Gergen

Top three ideas:

  1. real-time data challenge for students (public challenges)
  2. integrative health care portal
  3. energy consumption dashboard

Ideation session:


  • [4 votes] community health resources: intergrate health care; consumers; within compan
  • emergency wait time vs urgent care
  • [1 vote ] hospital / doctor / specialist ratings; quality; costs
  • blind type analysis


  • waste energy by house (with incentives); zero waste (charge by weigth); compost now
  • smart car --> utilities (communicate with grid)
  • [3 votes] traffic reduction; turn data; with incentives -- public transportation
  • bike travel (with incentives) -- joulebug
  • text blockers with GPS
  • [2 votes] energy usage consumption across households with incentives (plot watt)
  • water quality / usage consumption
  • food tacking usage / bar code (In R food)
  • [5 votes] energy consumption dashboard


  • day care center database
  • literacy tracking for targeted intervention
  • [2 votes] summer experience rater / marketplace + other tracked out times
  • skill mathc for employers/ employees
  • [1 vote] past-professional experiences to inform student decisions --> skills needed (current -- gaps -- resources)
  • citizen science --> challenges more public with opportunities / engagement
  • [1 vote] schools dashboard / heat map


  • cross section translational source
  • data validation (cross check) / recertification
  • open all ??? options to consumers
  • [7 votes ] real-time data challenge for students (public challenges)
  • ??? ??? new business employee; patent filings
  • city/state dashboard



Group 3

Moderator: Mital Patel

Top three ideas:

Ideation session:


Group 4

Moderator: Roshen Sethna

Top three ideas: 

1. Comprehensive student performance data

2. Crime prevention using social media

3. Using consumer data to predict health outcomes 

Ideation session:



Group 5

Moderator: Nick Sinai

Top three ideas:

  1. Visualization of contractor/permits
  2. City vs City dashboard
  3. Track your use / reduce your use

Ideation session:

  1. [ 2 votes] App / map / website for parking in downtown; integration with existing platforms / search (i.e. siri);
  2. Yelp / WebMD for human services in Wake County; Enrollment. Regular text/email/push around preventative;
  3. [4 votes ]  Tool / visualization of top contractors (Angie's list);
  4. [7 votes] Easy comparison of City by City dashboard (consumers, officials, corp); permitting, spending/expenditure on IT, time to complete process; revenue mix/forecasting; schools/crime; HR visualization;
  5. [1 vote] Emergency broadcast; localized ambulance alerts for drivers "clear the path"
  6. Wait time for ER
  7. [ 2 votes] Taxonomy for sidewalks for fuel (walkyourcity, walkscore, etc.)
  8. [5 votes] Reduce your use competition - homes, colleges/dorms, businesses;
  9. [5 votes] Track your use dashboard;  show renters energy dollars for rentals;
  10. [1 vote] Traffic optimization for city/county traffic department coordination; emissions/fuel savings;



Group 6

Moderator: Zach Ambrose

Top three ideas:

  1. Open source teaching resources
  2. Crash data to identify safe routes and analyze accidents by driver experience
  3. App to identify under-utilized space locations for business

Ideation session:

Open source teaching resources

  • [6 votes] HS data competition, teen open data projects, use Education data to promote learning, youth involvement, open data to get youth involvement and engagement

Crash data to identify safe routes and analyze accidents by driver experience

  • [5 votes] accident/traffic visualization, where are new driver accidents, safest route routing

App to identify under-utilized space locations for business

  • [4 votes] needed business app, look at open space to show deserts/tax info, partner with chamber to help locate and recruit businesses, to for business to pick locations

Other ideas

  • [3 votes] Evaluate residential property by education data; visualize area with sale value vs tax value; property selection for residential properties; incorporate social functionality into property solution
  • Doctors, procedures, glasses, dentists; tool to compare healthcare costs; need-based selection of products for health care; have NC make healthcare commercial charge data
  • [3 votes]Animal Euthanasia - provide social media postings to promote adoptions
  • Need to filter/evaluate data for citizen visualization; portal for citizen data visualization
  • [2 votes] Water usage tracking; utility usage tracking
  • App to list all data about me;
  • Tour guide wiki
  • Use crash data to prioritize road improvements
  • Combine trail data, bike routes, green ways, crime to promote health and fitness
  • [1 vote] Parking App


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