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City Software Development Kit (SDK) Data Solutions Challenge

About the Challenge
Create a web tool/app prototype to help your city use open data to improve local economy, environment, housing, education, social justice conditions

Posted By: Bureau of the Census
Category: Software/Apps
Partners: Dept of Commerce, Labor, EPA, Dept of Energy, NOAA, Dept of Interior, USDA, EAI, HUD
Partnership With: Department of Commerce
Submission Dates: 9 a.m. ET, Jun 06, 2015 - 12 p.m. ET, Aug 03, 2015 Judging Deadline: Aug 04, 2015 Winners Announced: Aug 08, 2015

CHALLENGE CLOSED – TUNE TO LIVE DEMO DAY WEBINAR:

Watch #CitySDK selected submissions demonstrate how #opendata delivers solutions for cities, counties and states across the country. Register to watch National Demo Day webinar, hosted by @Challengegov, and tune in: 2 p.m. EST, Thursday, Aug. 13. OPEN TO ALL http://go.usa.gov/3sDfA

 

The following 5 submissions were selected for National Demo Day! Together they are representing Chicago, Austin, Minneapolis, and DC innovations! Vote for your favorite demo day presentation: http://bit.ly/CitySDKPeoplesChoice
· Austin Equity Parks: A visualization approach to increase equitable park access by using user-friendly maps to show how Austin’s park resources are distributed throughout the City of Austin. The application uses data from the US Census Bureau and City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department.

· Disabled Accessibility Score: An application that aims to help people with disabilities to easily find a place to live or travel in the state of Minnesota and satisfies the specific accessibility needs of this population group
· CivicSpaces: An AirBnb meets Yelp open source solution for civic tech leaders and entrepreneurs to easily find free or low-cost spaces in their local communities to meet, teach, and innovate.

· HyperLocal: An app to leverage real time Twitter feeds and neighborhood boundary data to help Food Truck operators without a lottery parking spot find customers by locating people tweeting

· Purshables: A mobile app that will help reduce waste, increase grocer’s profit, and offer the shopper high quality food at a fraction of the cost

 

Challenge Question: How may your city use open data to improve local economy, environment, housing, education, or even social justice conditions? Create an open data tool or app prototype tackling one of your city’s biggest economic, environmental, housing, education, cultural, social problems to increase the overall sustainability of your community.

The U.S. Census Bureau has developed an open data software development kit (SDK) to enable a community, public, or private sector individuals and organizations to more easily extract value from Census data through user-friendly Application Program Interfaces (APIs).  Through the City SDK we are aiming to provide a user friendly “Toolbox” for civic hackers to connect local and national public data U.S. Census Bureau in order to bring forth innovative solutions in our communities.

The U.S. Census Bureau is calling all urbanists, civic hackers, government staff, developers, designers, community organizers, and anyone with the passion to make their city better to develop solutions (web, mobile applications and tool prototypes) using the City SDK platform. We encourage you to apply multiple open data sets to explore your city’s most pressing sustainability issues across economic, environmental, social, cultural, and housing factors.

Examples of integrated sustainability problems could be:

  • How can I help my community find green spaces for outdoor activities via Google, Bing maps?
  • How do I help my community better understand the impact of commercial economic development on affordable housing?
  • How can I help my community identify local sustainable job opportunities?

To learn more visit http://uscensusbureau.github.io/citysdk/index.html

Don’t forget to share with your community by tweeting at @uscensusbureau #citySDK #hackforchange

Judging Criteria

Practicality

Solution strives for real world feasibility (prove through demo)

Impact

Shows breadth and/or depth of impact for community

Originality

Uniqueness of the submission, in relation to existing identified needs, offerings, or solutions

Supports Census SDK and open data

1. Use the U.S. Census Bureau City SDK
2. Use at least 1 city dataset

How to Enter

Submit your solution in 3 easy steps:

  1. Get Census Developer Key  and explore the City SDK features
  2. Fill out all  fields of Submission Tab including external link to working demo
  3. (Optional) Submit a Value proposition summary no more than 3 pages in PDF format that briefly describes:
    • Description of the problem being tackled and solution
    • Who will benefit from your solution
    • How easy/difficult it was to work with open government data
Prizes
Demo your prototype to National Open Data Leaders! Watch Demo Day 8/13 2-3pm EST http://go.usa.gov/3sDfA Selected submissions will demo their prototype to the US Department of Commerce Chief Data Officer, Ian Kalin and U.S. Census Bureau Chief Technology Office, Avi Bender in addition to a national audience via a webinar.

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  • To all developers who entered this challenge or would like to know about another similar challenge the Department of Transportation is hosting a Developer's Data Challenge. to find out more please visit www.DOT.gov/NAD and sign up on the lefthand side email listserve under Data Challenge. Thank you.

  • lgangas
    To see what solutions were selected and recorded a demo day visit: http://bit.ly/DemoDayInfo Thank you again and hope you watch the Demo Day! http://bit.ly/CitySDKDemo Stay informed of future CitySDK events by visiting: http://uscensusbureau.github.io/citysdk/

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      lgangas
      Hi James - Thank you for the comment! We did update the challenge description with the link to learn about the what solutions were selected and recorded a demo day following. All that good info is accessible here: http://bit.ly/DemoDayInfo Thank you again and hope you watch the Demo Day! http://bit.ly/CitySDKDemo Stay informed of future CitySDK events by visiting: http://uscensusbureau.github.io/citysdk/

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      lgangas
      Hi Jon - Thank you for the question! Projects that will be part of demo have been contacted. We will share the results just in time for the Demo Day on August 13th. Register to watch National Demo Day webinar, hosted by @Challengegov, and tune in: 2 p.m. EST, Thursday, Aug. 13 to find out who was selected!!! We will be tweeting out summaries of projects who will be part of demo everyday leading up to Demo - so follow @uscensusbureau #citysdk WEBINAR OPEN TO ALL Register here: http://go.usa.gov/3sDfA

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      lgangas
      Don't forget to join us for the Demo Day open to the public highlighting the top 5 selections! http://www.digitalgov.gov/event/u-s-census-bureau-celebrates-open-data-challenge-winners-via-national-demo-day/

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    Alex
    Are there any prizes associated with this challenge? Also, if we make a mobile application, what should we put in the external link field? Would a link to a youtube/vimeo video demonstrating how the app works suffice?

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      Lili Gangas
      Hi Alex - The prize associated with this challenge is to be selected for a Virtual National Demo Day. We will select submissions and provide an opportunity to showcase your work across agencies and partners. To submit mobile app, put the link to the youtube/vimeo video demonstrating how it works. Also, if you'd like to share your github repository you can add the link to that in the description field. Look forward to your submission! Make sure to check out the latest updates and examples: http://uscensusbureau.github.io/citysdk/guides.html

    • Reply
      Lili
      Demo Day special guests revealed! Submissions selected will have the opportunity to demo their apps created to the US Department of Commerce Chief Data Officer, Ian Kalin!

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Rules

MUST Haves to participate in the Challenge and to be selected for our Virtual Demo Day:

  1. Use the U.S. Census Bureau City SDK
  2. Use at least 1 city dataset
  3. Submit your project(s)

Nice to Have (Optional):

  • Common code pushed to Census SDK github
  • Provide a brief summary in PDF format that briefly describes:
    1. The problem being tackled and solution
    2. Who would benefit from your solution?
    3. How easy/difficult it was to work with open government data?

Must NOT Have: 

  • No profanity/insulting language to any community
  • No inappropriate/illegal use of proprietary, privileged, etc. information and/or materials

Important Dates for Challenge

  • Challenge opens: June 6th
  • Challenge closes: August 3rd noon EST (new date extension!!!) 
  • Challenge Virtual Demo Day: August 13th at 2pm EST

 

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