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Mayor Announces Winners of City’s “Civic Data Hackathon: Syracuse Roads Challenge”

By Staff


30602169505_4b0c95e37c_kMayor Stephanie  Miner has announced the winners of the city’s “Civic Data Hackathon: Syracuse Roads Challenge,”  a competition which was designed to give participants the opportunity to create predictive analyses to help the administration address road-quality issues.

The mayor presented the awards to the participants at Syracuse City Hall on Thursday.

“This Hackathon was a great example of what could be accomplished with open data, and I appreciate the hard work of all our partners and entrants,” Mayor Miner stated“This is the type of innovative thinking that will challenge the way cities tackle historic problems with creative new solutions. I am proud Syracuse is a recognized national leader for this type of civic progress.”

The city partnered with the Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool) and AT&T last month, to organize the Hackathon and judge entries in the contest.

The following is list of the Hackathon winners, and their applications for data:

  • First Place: Stephen Shaffer – “Scout” is a chat platform for community data gathering through Facebook messenger. For the “Syracuse Roads Challenge,” Scout provides a simple method to collect pothole information, centrally store, and visually display the results.
  • Second Place: Reuben Pereira, Roman Temchenko, Oleksandr Dzyuba– Created a dashboard that visualizes the quality of streets, and prioritizes where repairs are most urgent, based on road ratings and the number of potholes.
  • Third Place: Ishani Jariwala, Pankaj Bathija, Soham Khare, Shrutik Katchhi, Manas Sikri, Gauri Komawar – Created a dashboard that includes descriptive and predictive analyses of road data.

The first place winner received $2,500, the second place team received $1,000, and the third place team received $500.

Miner also presented each participant with a certificate during the ceremony.

The competition received 13 entries overall, the city said.

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