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How can we reduce the amount of waste created by property deconstruction? In a typical home deconstruction, up to 25% of materials can be reused and up to 70% of materials can be recycled. Too often, these materials end up in the landfill instead of being reused or recycled. How can the City quantifiably reduce the volume of reusable/ recyclable building materials that end up in the landfill by developing a digital technology that connects sellers and buyers of salvaged materials?
How can the City encourage diverse participation on City Commissions & Boards? Over 1,000 applications were made to City Boards & Commissions last year. To streamline applications, the City Clerk needs a user-friendly application system that connects applicants to open seats, allows the Clerk’s office to efficiently analyze applicant data, and finds unique ways to reach underrepresented communities who are eligible to apply.
How can the City connect its citizens to affordable housing? Our community’s shortage of affordable homes touches hundreds of thousands of households. Half of all renters and one in five homeowners are housing cost-burdened in San Antonio. Both residents and affordable housing developers need space to connect. This challenge is to create an online portal that helps service providers and the public locate available affordable housing, and makes it easy for landlords to share information about available affordable housing units.
How can local government better connect to private sector services? International, local and small businesses provide important resources as vendors of goods and services to the City of San Antonio. However, many businesses encounter barriers to partnering with local government. Some of these barriers include the lack of visibility of upcoming solicitations (open applications), limited access to current contract information, and limited contact with small business owners. This challenge is to create a tool that makes it easier for all businesses to find and respond to the City solicitations that they qualify for.
How can we address the challenges faced by our City’s homeless population? According to the 2018 Point in Time Count of the homeless population, a total of 705 homeless individuals living unsheltered on the streets of San Antonio. In an effort to combat homelessness, the Department of Human Services (DHS) began a Coordinated Homeless Encampment Outreach Initiative with the support of six City Departments and Haven for Hope. DHS currently tracks individuals and locations using an excel spreadsheet that is updated weekly in order to provide the right services to individuals. DHS needs a mobile technology platform that can identify individuals found in these encampments in order to connect them to customized services that help address their unique needs.
How can we uplift the small business community? Launch SA, an entrepreneurial center that the City of San Antonio administers in partnership with LiftFund, manages relationships with over 90 local business resource partners. These business resource partners provide entrepreneurs and existing businesses with key knowledge, including business plans, licensing, permitting, financials, marketing, access to capital, and human resources. Launch SA refers approximately 5,000 individuals to local business resource partners each year. However, these referrals are inefficient as they must occur via telephone, email, or in-person at Launch SA. The City’s Economic Development Department needs a centralized system that helps existing and aspiring entrepreneurs navigate the resources provided by partners.
How can the city help panhandlers transition into a safer lifestyle? The city seeks a tool or technology that helps reduce incidents of panhandling in a unique and sustainable way that considers the social, economic and environmental issues faced by panhandlers. Residents of the CivTechSA program are invited to develop a technology solution that can be prototyped to address panhandling. This online application or platform could provide an opportunity for alternative giving to local charities, for example, or connect panhandlers to work on beautification projects throughout the city that pays them a living wage. Ultimately the solution must reduce incidents of panhandling in a unique and sustainable way that considers the social, economic and environmental issues faced by panhandlers.
For more information about the CivTechSA program and how you can get involved, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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