Money for Nothing--Productizin­g Government Data

For the second DBDC Meetup, we are going to discuss how startups in both DC and Baltimore are productizing government data. We are currently looking for sponsors to keep the beer and empanadas flowing. If interested, check out


6:30pm            - Doors Open

6:30 - 7:00 pm - Food, Drinks, and Networking

7:00 - 7:05 pm - Welcome and Introduction - Sean Murphy

7:05 - 7:25 pm - Fedalytics - Josh

7:25 - 7:30 pm - 30 Second Lightning Announcements

7:30 - 7:50 pm - HDScores - Matthew

7:50 - 7:55 pm - 30 Second Lightning Announcements

7:55 - 8:15 pm - Surprised Guest(s)!

8:05 - 8:10 pm - Closing Time


About Fedalytics (

Fedalytics synthesizes and analyzes political data from multiple sources into a clear and focused format. Professionals with vested interests in the policy process, political outcomes, and related organizations are too often confronted with an abundance of data that takes too much time and resources to analyze. The data is almost always scattered across a variety of disparate sources and in different formats. The raw data does not provide immediate insights. Fedalytics solves these problems by unifying the previously scattered data into one source so the information is easily findable, cleanly presented, and focused on the needs of professionals.


Josh Hurd ([masked]) is committed to helping businesses, government, and other organizations make better decisions by unifying analytics, data, and strategy. He was educated in public policy and economics at Dartmouth College and received a master’s degree from the University of Chicago. Josh has analyzed economic impacts for non-profit organizations, served as an analyst for the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and founded a tech startup that used public transit data to provide arrival predictions. He currently is a strategy and operations consultant for Deloitte and in his spare time enjoys dabbling in projects such as Fedalytics.

About HDSCores (, @HDScores)

HDScores aggregates publicly available government health department inspection data from local and state jurisdictions. Tackling the "Big Data" issues of standardizing and normalizing data sets from 3200+ Jurisdictions into a single easy to read and search database. Roughly 100 million historical reports exist and approximately 4 million new reports generated annually. Creating a Platform for distribution of this data to various clients and users.


Matthew Eierman is a Chef turned Entrepreneur, with degrees in Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts and almost a decade in the food service industry and 3 years of running a b2b financial services company before founding HDScores in January of 2012.

Chris Tonjes - Chief Information Officer of the City of Baltimore

Chris is going to talk about Baltimore's open data source, Open Baltimore, as well as some of the challenges of making government data available more generally.

Prior to becoming CIO of Baltimore, Chris held a number of IT-related positions within local government including Director of IT for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) system as well as for the DC government itself.


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  • Sean M.

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    January 12, 2013

  • Sean M.

    A writeup of the last meetup is available on at:

    December 31, 2012

  • Nadi

    hi - any remember the name of the group someone had mentioned about behavioral decision making? Please let me know. Thanks

    December 18, 2012

    • Robert V.

      Hi Nadi. If you look at Steve Wendel's comment below, I think you'll find what you're looking for.

      December 19, 2012

  • Daniel I S.

    Couldn't attend at the last minute.

    December 7, 2012

    • Sean M.

      No worries and hope to see you at the next event, coming in January

      December 16, 2012

  • Sean M.

    On a somewhat related note, this looks like an interesting opportunity:

    The Economist-InnoCentive Entrepreneurship Challenge

    December 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sean Gonzalez insisted i promote, "Digital Foresnics Innovation: Searching a Terabyte of data in 10 mins" by Simpson Garfinkel here ( Its a DC ACM lecture @ Google DC on Jan 7th.

    December 7, 2012

  • Steve W.

    Great meeting last night! I'd love to see the HDScores mobile app when it comes out.

    Here's the group that I mentioned for applying behavioral econ to product development We're looking for entrepreneurs to talk about their work, and pair up with researchers to get practical tips on behavior change.

    December 6, 2012

    • Norman

      Nice phrase doc

      December 6, 2012

  • Dana Z.

    Informative and personal

    December 6, 2012

  • Nevin H.

    Top Notch - I was impressed by the variety of speakers, and the government folks stepped up with timely and informative suggestions; we all should camp out at somewhere.

    December 6, 2012

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    November 22, 2012

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    November 15, 2012

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