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The 2018 SmartSA Datathon Competition is open to any developer, designer, idea person, or anyone in between who want to submit a proposal for consideration*. Selected finalists will be eligible to compete in the competition October 19-21, 2018.
*City of San Antonio,CPS Energy, SAWS, SARA, and VIA employees are not eligible to participate in this event.
No. Registration is free, but you must submit your team member info and proposal by October 8, 2018 to be eligible.
Yes! Attendees must register as a team, each composed of at least two and at most six people.
No. Participants must form and register their team by October 8, 2018. Finalists will be chosen for the October 19-21, 2018 SmartSA Datathon Competition via a selection committee, and will be notified by email by October 5, 2018.
Participants and their teams must be registered by October 8, 2018.
Participants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the event.
Datathon teams can work on any type of data tool (web apps, mobile apps, dashboards data visualizations, algorithms, or visual mock-ups, for example) that will help the SmartSA partners achieve their goals Please see the judging criteria for more guidance on what the SmartSA partners are looking for.
Public data sets and developer resources are posted to www.civtech-sa.com/datathon/. The datasets will continue to be available throughout the SmartSA Datathon Competition October 19-21, 2018.
Here is an overview of how the projects will be judged:
Impact to SmartSA Partners
How many SmartSA partners will be impacted by your idea? Did you use datasets from multiple SmartSA organizations?
How many challenge areas were addressed in your idea out of the Transportation, Sustainability, and Access to Services categories?
Ease of Implementation
How feasible/easy would it be for the SmartSA partners to implement or use your ideas within their organizations? Is the idea, application, dashboard, model, etc. multidimensional that could grow or shift with changing community and SmartSA partner needs?
Most Compelling Application/Dashboard
Is the dashboard visually compelling, easy to understand/use, and or engaging?
Would potential users would want to interact with the product?
What insightful or compelling information can be learned and or used by a SmartSA partner(s) within a specific challenge area? How impactful, critical, or useful could it be?
Is this project something that is open to the public and or community? Is the value or importance of the idea clear and evident? What is the longevity of the idea or project?
Yes! Food and drinks will be provided for participants during the SmartSA Datathon Competition.
No. However, teams are encouraged to use the collaborative spaces available at Geekdom for the ideation and development events throughout the 2018 SmartSA Datathon Competition.
Yes! The winning team will receive $15,000 to complete their prototype and develop an implementation-ready platform for the SmartSA partners to utilize. There will be two $2,500 consolation prizes: one will be for the most insightful analytics and predictive modeling and the second will be for the most compelling app/dashboard that helps users understand and monitor the data. The winner will be the team that demonstrates a prototype that is BOTH deeply analytical and visually compelling. In addition to these monetary prizes, there will be other prizes offered by our sponsors (TBD).
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For more information about the CivTechSA program and how you can get involved, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.