Newsletter: News from Open Data Nation

Note: Open Data Discourse is now Open Data Nation!

1776 Challenge Cup

Open Data Day

ODD is one of 40 startups selected to compete in 1776 Global Challenge Cup Boston Region. The team will pitch venture capitalists on February 18 and 19 for a chance to win awards up to $150,000.

Join ODD at the 3rd official Open Data Day, Feburary 21, 2015, an international open data hackathon. ODD will be hacking a participatory school budget solution to inform DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Public Schools and building a web application that routes individuals around unsafe intersections in Cambridge, Mass. Join us in DC and Boston!

 

Start6 & MITIDEAS Challenge

ODD was selected as one of eight finalists in the Start6 business competition. Start6 is an MIT electrical engineering and computer science course that connects entrepreneurs with innovators.

On February 5th, 2015, ODD joined many other ambitious problem solvers at the Spring Generator Dinner for the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge Competition. ODD was one of twenty groups invited to present to over 150 guests for grant funding opportunities.

Street Safety Challenge

Submissions and beautiful graphic summaries of the ODD Street Safety Challenge are now on display at Cambridge City Hall.
On February 19th, ODD will meet with City Councilors on the Neighborhood and Long Term Planning Committee to solidify Cambridge's commitment to open data. Stay tuned for more updates on progress!

 

BEYOND ODD

The Potential of Open Data in Cities

ODD met with Brooks RainwaterNational League of Cities Director of City Solutions and Applied Research Center to talk about his newest piece in Fast Company, Open Data Is Finally Making A Dent in Cities, a great article describing the future potential for open data in cities and their most recent report, City Open Data Policies, Learning by Doing.

 

Collaborations Bring Open Data to Durham, NC

Both the city and county of Durham, North Carolina will launch a joint open data portal by the end of summer 2015. Greg Marrow, CIO for Durham County says, "citizens... just want one place to go to find information."