Hawaii’s Hon*Celerator Inspires Socrata CEO
On Dec. 1, Socrata founder and CEO, Kevin Merritt, served as a judge at Open Data Hawaii and the city and county of Honolulu’s open data app competition Hon*Celerator. While Merritt was honored to be invited and happy to see blue skies, his message back to his teams in Seattle and D.C. was, “What an inspiring event!”
With 100 people in attendance and many thoughtful conversations on open data happening in every corner, Merritt found himself in awe of the energy and innovation all around him. “The open data movement has caught fire in Hawaii,” said Merritt. For example, Honolulu has an active partnership with Code for America, a leader in improving government services through “people and the power of the web.”
The event gave open data enthusiasts and tech wizards the chance to win prizes for creating apps using data from data.hawaii.gov and data.honolulu.gov, both sites powered by Socrata. During the event, Merritt checked in with participants and spent time with open data leaders Burt Lum and Ryan Ozawa of Open Data Hawaii, Debra Gagne of the state of Hawaii, and Forest Frizzell and Gordon Bruce of the city of Honolulu.
The competition winners developed apps for visualizing budget, public safety and crime data, as well as mapping electronic car charging stations.
Enjoy the following video by Ryan Ozawa. You’ll notice Merritt in his playing-card themed Hawaiian shirt. Mahalo, Open Data Hawaii and Honolulu, for including Socrata at your event.