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Civic Data Hackathon: Syracuse Roads Challenge

The City of Syracuse, the iSchool, and AT&T partnering on the Syracuse Roads Challenge

The Civic Data Hackathon: Syracuse Roads Challenge, Powered by AT&T is a partnership between the School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Syracuse University and the City of Syracuse to encourage community solutions to assist the City of Syracuse in addressing road quality issues.

The Challenge is designed to engage technologists, designers, developers, and anyone else who is interested to use their skills for social good and is one of the first times in the United States a municipality has led a Hackathon focused on road infrastructure.

Syracuse City Mayor Stephanie Miner has made issues surrounding infrastructure a focus of her administration. There is a lot of data about infrastructure, and this challenge is a way of asking for new ideas on analyzing that data.

You might create a dashboard to tell the story of infrastructure better, or find some information about where potholes are most likely to pop up. You might join information from the City with data from other levels of government – something that likely has never happened before.

The options are limitless, and the City was purposeful in choosing to structure this challenge around roads. You walk, bike, and drive on them daily. Using data to improve roads is critical for maintaining and improving infrastructure in a variety of ways.

  • Participants may form teams, or may compete as individuals.
  • Cash prizes will be given for 1st ($2500), 2nd ($1000), and 3rd ($500) place.
  • Anyone is eligible to participate - you do not have to be a Syracuse University student to take part.
  • Challenge participants may use this project data in Hack Upstate on October 8 - 9, and submit their project at that event.
    • If participating in Hack Upstate, projects cannot be started until that weekend
    • Projects submitted at Hack Upstate can also be submitted for judging in the Roads Challenge
  • For participants not attending Hack Upstate, work can begin any time after launch on September 26.
  • Projects are due at 11:59 PM on October 9th - via the submission link at the bottom of this page.
  • Judging will take place during the week of October 10 - winners will be notified by e-mail on Friday, October 14, and announced publicly at a ceremony during the week of October 17
    • Judges will evaluate projects along the following critetia: Presentation, Idea Creativity, Sustainability, Impact, and Technical Quality.


Challenge Timeline:

September 26: Challenge kickoff, data made available.

October 2: Open Office Hours at the iSchool (Hinds Hall, Syracuse University Campus) - 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. iSchool faculty members will be available for consultation with participants and teams about data and projects.

October 8-9: Hack Upstate hackathon (participation optional)

October 9: Projects due by 11:59 PM.

 

Download Challenge Data: 

The City of Syracuse has made their data available on GitHub, and included links to other relevant datasets as well.

View and Download Data

 

Submit your Project:

Fill out the form at the link below and attach any files to submit your project for judging. Entries are due by 11:59 PM on October 9.

The project submission form is no longer available as the deadline for submitting has passed.


Questions:

For questions about the data from the City of Syracuse, contact Sam Edelstein, the City's Chief Data Officer at sedelstein@syrgov.net.

 

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