SmartSA Q&A Datathon Recap

SmartSA Q&A Datathon Recap

Last Friday, we held our SmartSA Datathon Q&A Event at Geekdom. SmartSA data experts, subject matter experts, participants, and SmartSA partners (CPS Energy, SAWS, SARA, City of San Antonio, and VIA) networked and answered questions about the datasets that are currently available on our Datathon page.

For those of you who missed it, here is a video of the presentation and you can access the presentation PDF on our Datathon page as well.

*We’ve updated the Data Catalogue, and debugged some issues with viewing the Participation Agreement. Be sure to review them both as you work on your projects and proposals.

SmartSA Datathon Overview

If you love data, civic technology, and are passionate about your community, get involved in our first-ever SmartSA Datathon Competition! The SmartSA partners have released datasets across organizations and want data and tech enthusiasts to identify opportunities to improve or create services within three challenge areas: Transportation, Sustainability, and Access to Services.

The competition will be a pitch-style event, where participants form teams (2-6 people) and use the SmartSA datasets to find insights and help us understand what is actually going on through dashboards, visualization tools, applications, etc.


$15,000, Most Comprehensive

  • Uses data from multiple SmartSA partners
  • Easy to use dashboard/portal
  • Continuous on-going analytics
  • For public use/engagement

$2,500 Most Insightful

  • Most informative analytics/predictive modeling modeling with data from one or more SmartSA partners

$2,500 Most Compelling

  • Most impactful/engaging dashboard or data visualization


In addition to prize money, there will be the opportunity for you to demonstrate your talents in front of  SmartSA partners with the potential for talent scouting.

Proposal Submission

If you want to put in a proposal for consideration, please click on the “Submit Team” button on the Datathon page.

You will need to have at least 2 people on a team, identify which challenge area(s) your team will cover, and describe the impact of your potential solution.

Submission deadline is October 8th, so be sure to get your proposal in ASAP!


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