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Published on Friday, September 14, 2018

SmartSA Announces Datathon, an Open Data Competition Powered by CivTechSA

CONTACT: Carlos Valenzuela, 210-207-3919
carlos.valenzuela@sanantonio.gov
Tanya Sammis, 210-390-4284
Tanya@sammisochoa.com

 

SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 14, 2018) - The SmartSA Datathon powered by CivTechSA launches today with an open call for teams to partake in this open data competition created by the City’s Office of Innovation, Geekdom and SmartSA partners. SmartSA partners include CPS Energy, San Antonio River Authority, San Antonio Water System, VIA Metropolitan Transit and the City of San Antonio.

 

The competition launches with a Q&A launch event from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, at Geekdom on the 8th floor. Team submissions will be due on Friday, Sept. 28, and finalists will be selected on Oct. 5.

 

CivTechSA is seeking multi-disciplinary teams to analyze data to provide new insights, inform decision making and improve community engagement to address complex smart city challenges. Developers, engineers, data scientists and civic technologists from the San Antonio community are being asked to collaborate and discover solutions for issues encompassing transportation, access to City services and sustainability. 

 

The three key requests for data solutions include:

 

Transportation: As more people move to San Antonio, the need for reliable and affordable transportation options increases. A need exists to find new insights to improve rider experience, affordability and increase ridership.

 

Access to Services: As part of the SmartSA goal to create an inclusive and connected San Antonio, the existing need is to find overlaps in SmartSA services in order to improve the accessibility and effectiveness of services to residents.

 

Sustainability: From environmental and conservation efforts, the SmartSA partners have a goal to identify sustainable and resilient strategies to meet the challenges of our rapidly growing San Antonio area population; how to continuously improve the quality of life for residents; and support residents as the City grows and changes.
A Datathon 3-Day Competition will be held Oct. 19-21 to determine the final team winners, engagements, solutions and prizes. The final seven teams will compete throughout the weekend and present to a SmartSA judging panel for a chance to win up to $15,000 and a potential contract with the SmartSA partners.

 

For more details, visit: https://www.civtech-sa.com/datathon/.

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