NC DataPalooza 2015 Brings Hungry Hackers

May 12, 2015 8:59 am PST | Data as a Service

By Reid Serozi

Last year, NC DataPalooza winner, Stone Soup, used USDA Food Access data to find many counties in North Carolina who don’t have reliable access to food sources. The Stone Soup platform connects those who are hungry with citizens who have food to give, or food pantries in the area. This year the state of North Carolina is back to stir the pot of ideas as NC DataPalooza returns to the Triangle on May 16th with the DataJam Kickoff.

What is NC DataPalooza? A regional startup competition that empowers innovators, designers, and developers to catalyze positive economic and community impact through open-data. The three-month competition kicks off with a DataJam on May 16th. Teams will go on to compete for cash prizes, workspace, and mentorship during a Finale event in September.

When is it? Saturday, May 16th, 8:30am-5:00pm

Where is it? American Underground @Main (201 W. Main Street in Durham)

Who? The event is hosted by HQ Raleigh with support from Ambrose Strategy and a team of talented open-data experts from across the region. For a list of all our wonderful organizers and sponsors, visit:

This year’s DataJam will feature ideation sessions, a hackathon with data experts, a panel discussion, and judge feedback. Teams that form during DataJam will be entered into the 3-month open-data competition, with a chance to pitch for cash prizes in September. The event is an initiative of HQ Raleigh and will be hosted at American Underground from 8:30am-6:00pm on Saturday, May 16th.

Some new datasets include:

  • NC Conviction / Offender Data (2002-2012) sentences, profiles, court commitments, warrants issued)
  • Commerce – Demographics of people exiting training programs

NC DataPalooza is an unparalleled chance to get open data in the hands of eager citizens looking to fix civic issues. We look forward to the exciting new results NC DataPalooza 2015 will bring around health, economic development, and public safety. To learn more and register, visit:


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