This Year's Challenges (you can also bring your own)!

We're all citizens in the cities we live in. When we go out to drive, shop, eat, drink, or even in our own homes and neighborhoods - we sometimes encounter issues of our own that could be fixed or improved. Just like you, the cities who are participating in Open Data Day have identified issues they want to work on, and Open Data Day is a great chance to get some insights and proofs-of-concept work done. These challenges are not a restrictive list -- you can work on other questions and even recruit other people to work with you -- but these are topics of interest that probably affect many citizens.

Challenges

  • Re-create a Market Value Analysis (MVA) tool for Denton, based on the Dallas Example
  • NCTCOG is interested in exploring more prediction modeling using 90 days of the Waze incident reporting data, as they shared 30 days of the data at HackNTX and got very interesting results out of it.
  • Create an environmental data dashboard/visualization┬ácombining Denton and Dallas Environmental Sensor projects
  • Create an experience for Dallas residents to easily find out about proposed zoning changes near them. This challenge seeks a robust citizen experience to discover and/or be informed about proposed zoning changes that will potentially impact them; in addition to the citizen experience submissions should include information on how the proposal is feasible and maintainable.
  • Create an experience for Dallas residents to enable easy localization and identification of how the city right of way is being used and how to both search for and apply for right-of-way permits. What type of Right of Way use information is of interest to Dallas residents?
  • Devise an efficient and user-friendly experience for Dallas residents to identify capital projects (Public works, roads, water systems) in their neighborhoods. Citizens should easily be able to access information regarding projects from disparate datasets that would be helpful in submitting questions to the City of Dallas regarding the impacts to their community and opportunities for optimization. Citizens should easily be able to access information regarding projects from disparate datasets that would be helpful in submitting questions to the City of Dallas regarding the impacts to their community and opportunities for optimization. experience for Dallas residents to enable easy localization and identification of how the city right of way is being used and how to both search for and apply for right-of-way permits.
  • Create an easy to use mechanism for Do-It-Yourself-savvy citizens to determine what types of permits are offered by the city and discover what types of permits may apply for their next home improvement project. Currently the City of Dallas provides a website for citizens and contractors to access information regarding building permits and inspections. In addition, the City offers an online permitting system for registered contractors. Neither of these resources are designed with homeowners doing DIY home repairs and updates as the primary target audience. As a result, it can be challenging for citizens not working with a contractor to determine whether they need a permit and what is required to obtain one. This challenge is to create an easy to use mechanism for Do It Yourself savvy citizens to determine what types of permits are offered by the city and discover what types of permits may apply for their next home improvement project.

In years past, people have also worked on topics like these:

  • People seem to be complaining about air quality but our city isn't addressing it, but maybe we can capture some of our own samples to collect more data.
  • How can we enable the most efficient location for resources designed to help people experiencing homelessness?

The number of ideas that could be worked on are limitless, but you should try and find something you're passionate about, or even find interesting as a technology solution. Could we build a chatbot based on data scraped from a city website? If you find chatbots and data scraping interesting - then this is the project for you!

We encourage you to contribute the issues on this list, but we are happy to aggregate topics from participants that could be addressed during the event. Fill out the form below to contribute!