Open Data Buffalo is the City of Buffalo, New York's official open data program that makes public information publicly available for free in accessible and machine-readable formats. Open data enhances data-driven decision making, increases transparency, drives internal efficiencies, and fosters innovation. Mayor Byron W. Brown's Civic Innovation Challenge Powered by AT&T is structured to spur this innovation by creating a friendly competition to see what is possible when we, as a city, open our data.
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Mayor Brown’s Civic Innovation Challenge Powered by AT&T is a competition to find an innovative technological solution that benefits the citizens of the great city of Buffalo, New York. The challenge requires entrants to generate ideas and submit a solution (app, game, interactive visualization, algorithm, predictive model, etc.) that uses the provided data and/or other data to alleviate a problem or challenge that Buffalonians may face in their lives. Solutions that strive to improve City operations or municipal service delivery are also encouraged.
The City of Buffalo, through its Open Data Buffalo program, has partnered with AT&T to produce the Challenge. Additional support is provided by CivicPlus and Socrata.
Mayor Brown's Civic Innovation Challenge Powered by AT&T launches on Thursday, March 1st, 2018. Contestants will have until Saturday, April 21st, 2018 @ 11:59:59PM EST to register to participate in the competition (much earlier registration is recommended to be included on e-mail updates). To be considered as a finalist, contestants must complete a submission form no later than Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 @ 11:59:59PM EST.
AT&T has generously provided $8,000 in prize money. 1st prize will win $5,000. 2nd prize will win $2,000. 3rd prize will win $1,000.
Entries submitted will be judged on potential community benefit (30%), execution (30%), creativity/novelty (20%), video (10%), and wow factor (10%). Please see judging criteria for additional information.
The goal of the Challenge is to encourage local developers, programmers, computer scientists, and others to build and deliver apps or other solutions that serve community needs, connect and engage citizens with their governments, and/or show how data and technology can be used to create a higher quality of life for all Buffalonians. The challenge encourages innovative thinkers, designers, entrepreneurs and developers to create intuitive and novel solutions that can be utilized to address social and civic issues in Buffalo.
After the last day of the Challenge, the five judges will have approximately two weeks to review all entries. The top three finalists will be notified via phone and e-mail and will be invited to attend a finale ceremony on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018. At least one team member is required to attend the finale ceremony.
Yes. You and all team members must register as individuals by at least the day before final submissions are due. Final submissions are due Sunday, April 22nd @ 11:59:59PM EST, so all individuals must register by Saturday, April 21st @ 11:59:59PM EST. It is recommended that you register earlier rather than later in order to receive pertinent updates and information about the Challenge.
The only way to submit an entry is by filling out the online submission form. To submit, you have to include the following information: team members' names and contact information; a link to the dataset used from Open Data Buffalo; a link to the video describing your submission; and an electronic signature. It is strongly encouraged to submit a working prototype/demo of your solution (if applicable) and/or a link to code (if applicable).
In order to participate in the Challenge, at least one team member must be either be a resident of Western New York or a student at a Western New York high school, college, or university. For the purposes of this Challenge, Western New York includes: Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming, Allegany, Monroe, and Livingston counties. Teams or individuals who built a submission at Hack Upstate are also welcome to submit.
Teams must utilize at least one dataset from the Open Data Buffalo portal. This includes geospatial assets. Data from Open NY is also acceptable as long as the dataset has data that is applicable to the City of Buffalo. All Open NY assets are discoverable on the Open Data Buffalo portal.
If selected as a finalist (1st- 3rd), at least one member of the team must be available to attend the Grand Finale Prize Announcement the morning of Wednesday, May 9th, 2018.
Follow Mayor Brown on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and share and repost any and all posts related to the Challenge. Use the hashtag #buffaloinnovates on any posts you make about the Challenge. Register early for the Challenge to receive e-mail updates about the Challenge and then forward any and all updates to your listservs.
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