Challenge Statements

On August 5th, 2017, Mayor Byron W. Brown’s Open Data Buffalo Open House was held at d!g Buffalo. Residents, block club leaders, civic tech enthusiasts, business owners, researchers, and nonprofit leaders came together to discuss community issues, data, and how data could be used to solve community issues.

List of Statements

The following is a list of challenge statements that emerged from these discussions:

  • Improve residents’ physical health
  • Improve residents’ mental health
  • Reduce/prevent lead exposureChallenge Discussion 1
  • Connect residents with information about business licenses/permits/inspections data, etc.
  • Transform vacant lots and zombie houses
  • Reduce homelessness
  • Reduce drug use
  • Address aging infrastructure
  • Reduce crime/increase public safety
  • Increase health/active living of youth
  • Increase City response time to citizen concerns
  • Make data equitable/useable for all
  • Increase transparency and government accountability
  • Increase crowd-sourced data collection
  • Make reporting issues easier

These are just some examples of issues that matter to the community. As a participant in Mayor Byron W. Brown’s Civic Innovation Challenge, you can tackle one of these issues or create a unique and innovative solution for an issue that matters to you! Solutions that strive to improve City operations or municipal service delivery are also encouraged.