About the challenge

Come join the City of Syracuse for our 1st Open Data Day where you learn about what information the City of Syracuse puts on the Open Data Portal, participate in breakout sessions to learn industry standard tools to access and visualize open data, and create your own project to compete against others to win prizes.

Sign up at the link below. It's free, it's fun, and you will have food! The event is on Saturday November 4th from 10:00am - 4:30pm, and attendees are free to any or all of the sessions.

The contest will be a month long data challenge, where the featured focus area will be released in the beginning of October. The project pitches and judging will happen in the afternoon of November 4th.

For updated schedule information, refer back to this page for announcements and more information.

Link to register: https://www.meetup.com/syrtech/events/295738378/ 


9:30 - 10am Breakfast & Networking

10:00 - 10:30am Greeting & Kickoff


10:30 - 11:25am Break Out Session #1

Location Presenter(s) Breakout Topic
Main Conference Room Amanda Darcangelo and Ashley Gingeleski, Salt City Data Community Everyday Analytics - Using data from your smart devices for analysis
2nd Floor Computer Lab Scott Stanton, GISP at Ramboll Creating an online map with the Syracuse Open Data Portal
3rd Floor Conference Room Dilpreet Singh Arora, Technical Lead at National Grid Surveillance Technology Data Viz with Tableau

11:30 - 12:25pm Break Out Session #2

Main Conference Room Dana Chermesh-Reshef, Founder & CEO inCitu Democratizing City Planning through on-site Augmented Reality: the use of AR in engaging residents in the process of urban change
2nd Floor Computer Lab Nicholas Johnson, Founder and Lead Data Scientist/Analyst at Ataviz Consulting Visualizing Syracuse Public Art Data with Tableau
3rd Floor Conference Room Prof. Mike Fudge, Program Director at SU's School of Information Studies (iSchool) Open Data with Python

12:30 - 1:00pm Lunch

1:00 - 1:55pm Break Out Session #3

Main Conference Room Andrew Frasier, Transportation Analyst at Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Commission (SMTC)  Still being finalized
2nd Floor Computer Lab Mark King, Data Consultant.  Project Consultant for the Central New York Community Foundation Open Data with Flourish
3rd Floor Conference Room Jason Scharf, Data Program Manager with the City of Syracuse Open Data Syracuse 101

2:00 - 3:15pm Data Project Pitches

3:15 - 3:30pm Judge Deliberation

3:30 - 4:00pm Winners Announced & Event Closing

4:00 - 4:30pm Coffee, Snacks and Informal Networking


The Data Challenge Focus Area:

The theme for this year's Syracuse Open Data Day Challenge is transportation.  In his 2023 State of the City address, Mayor Walsh announced that his administration would prioritize the adoption of a Vision Zero program for eliminating fatalities and injuries. For this reason, we thought it would be appropriate to have our hackathon theme to be focused on transportation.  Whether talking about bikes, public transit, or motor vehicles, we are hoping to see analysis, visualizations, web projects tied to understanding or improving the experience and/or safety of our road. 

This hackathon is open-ended. We welcome participant's creativity in the goals, audiences, and shape of their project. We do not expect finished or polished products, but promising prototypes that showcase the value of open data.

You must make your submission to this Devpost site by Saturday November 4th, 2023 by 1:45 PM. 

Hackathon Sponsors


$1,800 in prizes

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Nicolas Diaz

Nicolas Diaz
Chief Innovation & Data Officer at the City of Syracuse

Mark King

Mark King
Data Consultant. Project Consultant for the Central New York Community Foundation

Michiko Ueda-Ballmer

Michiko Ueda-Ballmer
Associate Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    How unique and innovative was this analysis and project.
  • Wow factor
    Was this project engaging, did it make the judges and audience see the problem in a new way. Will they be talking about this project for days and telling their friends about this?
  • Execution
    How well completed was this project. We are not expecting full applications to be developed, but are looking for did the team have a functioning Minimum Viable Product or MVP made.
  • Informational Value
    How informative was this data project and analysis. Did the participants lead the audience into new insights and understanding of the challenge topic area.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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