Click Predict Fix - Data science for social good

** LATE BREAKING NEWS **

Clearly, there is no greater motivator for winning a hackathon than making the world better. Democracies are all about citizens participating in the management of government and this contest empowers just that.


But now we are adding an economic reward as well. David Eaves has graciously offered to personally reward hackathon winners a prize of $2,500. And seeclickfix.com has also chimed in with additional prize money of $2,500, making a total of $5,000 prize funding, where $500 will be awarded for the 24-hour hackathon and the next $4,500 will be awarded for the longer, 2-month hackathon.

Rarely does the opportunity come around where three wonderful things come together: (1) intelligence; (2) social good; (3) financial rewards.

We’ve organized an amazing group of individuals to help deliver a one-of-a-kind event. In partnership with Kaggle, SeeClickFix, and the Tow School of Journalism - we will host a 24-hour hackathon that will allow you to make a difference in this world.

We are organizing not one but TWO contests for this exciting competition. 

Two Month competition:

Starting on X there will be a two month competition open to all Kaggle users. Come See, Fix and Predict by working with actual city data about real problems. 

24-hour hackathon:

On the evening of September 27 to the evening of September 28, we will all convene at Microsoft San Francisco, in the heart of the shopping district. At that place and time we will release the competition details.

Just to re-cap. There will be two distinct-but-similar competitions -- a quick 24-hour competition, followed by a longer two-month effort.

The premise of the event is simple:

311 is a mechanism by which citizens can express their desire to solve a problem the city or government by texting in with their mobile device a description of what needs to be done, fixed, or changed. In effect, this provides a high degree of transparency between government and its constituents. Once an issue has been established, citizens can vote and make comments on the issue so that government officials have some degree of awareness about what is the most important issue to address.

The purpose of the competition is to be able to quantify and predict how people will react to a specific issue. What makes an issue urgent? What do citizens really care about? How much does location matter? Being able to predict what the most pressing 311 topics are will allow governments to focus their efforts on fixing the most important problems. The data set that will be provided for the competitions contains several hundred thousand 311 issues from four cities.

Participants in this competition can sleep well at night knowing they are making the world a better place to live. The competition winners can sleep even better knowing that they will be rewarded for their efforts. On second thought, with the additional competition continuing after the hackathon, there isn't much time for anyone to be sleeping! Tell your friends, start preparing now, and be ready to make a real difference.

About Kaggle

Kaggle is the world's largest community of data scientists and the leading platform for predictive modeling competitions. Companies, governments and researchers present datasets and problems. The world’s best data scientists then compete to produce the best solutions. Kaggle has a proven track-record of solving real-world problems across a diverse array of industries, including life sciences, financial services, energy, information technology, and retail.

About SeeClickFix

For governments, SeeClickFix acts as a completely-customizable CRM that plugs into your existing request management tools. From types of service requests to managing different watch areas, SeeClickFix helps you better maintain and fulfill 311 requests in your city.

On the citizen side, SeeClickFix leverages crowdsourcing to help both maintain the flow of incoming requests but show the public how effective you can be. When anyone in the community can report or comment on any issue, the entire group has a better perspective on what's happening--and how to fix it effectively.

Put your intelligence and your desire to make the world a better place to work. And it won't hurt to get economically rewarded at the same time!

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Neo4J is sponsoring the event with 5 free event passes to this year's Graph Connect Conference and a special late night treat in the form of energy drinks to keep the code growing strong.

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  • Vivek

    Good food, good location, great hosts!

    September 28, 2013

  • John P.

    For those who are in south bay, and want to learn more, http://www.meetup.com/HandsOnProgrammingEvents/events/142558572/ Mike is an excellent teacher, and he is starting a new class on time series data analysis.

    September 28, 2013

  • Yosuke K.

    Data set was reasonable size for just 24 hours race. Also, I learnt a lot of things at this competition.

    1 · September 28, 2013

  • Trevor S.

    That was an amazing experience. Thanks all involved, can't wait for the next one!

    September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Congrats to all who were able to get submissions in! That was fun, although the lack of sufficiently reliable cross-validation was a bit of a curve ball for such a short competition. Thanks to Kaggle and SeeClickFix for putting this on!

    September 28, 2013

  • Akhil J.

    I am going from redwood city... Let me know if anyone needs a ride... I will not be participating in the 24 hour event but am looking for a team for 2 month challenge...

    September 27, 2013

    • Akhil J.

      Great then.. C u both there...

      September 27, 2013

    • Sandeep C

      Akhil, we missed you there. I met up with Nancy. Let us know if you want to discuss the 2-month competition.

      September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to choose between this and another event which has beer ... tough decisions. Will there be beer ?

    September 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      If not, I will bring a case, feel free to share.

      September 27, 2013

  • Sandeep C

    I am a Data Scientist and work in the Bay Area. I am looking for people interested in joining a team for the 2-month challenge. I can be reached at [masked].

    September 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone out there excited to form a team around an idea for making the nonprofit sector more effective? One idea involves a mobile app for reinventing volunteering.

    September 26, 2013

    • Sandeep C

      "reinventing volunteering" sounds intriguing. I am interested. I will be there at the event.

      September 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Former Apple designer here. Anyone interested in new ways to connect people with problems to people with solutions? Love data, love UX :)

    September 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any self taught programmers out there?

    September 26, 2013

  • Kati Giannini G.

    I am also looking to network!

    1 · September 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone have any cheap books on computer languages that they maybe willing to part with? Mysql php jQuery JavaScript . I'm a beginner so even used or marked books or torn bindings would be fine.

    September 26, 2013

  • Kati Giannini G.

    I am looking to join a team. I am an electrical engineer (+Math) with CS and computer engineering emphasis. Language is C++, HTML5 and learning any software. I have experience in strategic problem solving, Scrum, business and product development. UI, UX, Backend analytics, statistical analysis, algorithms and PM in global market. Passionate about technology and excited to participate:)

    September 26, 2013

  • Tarek I.

    I'm looking for a team to join. I'm pretty good at predicting my girlfriend's mood :) CS degree with a few years of experience playing with data

    September 24, 2013

    • Chris O.

      Hi Tarek -- are you still a free agent? Care to join forces and conquer the w... I mean... um... hack around and play with patterns in data?

      September 25, 2013

    • Tarek I.

      Hi Chris. I found a team meanwhile. Best of luck

      September 25, 2013

  • Hiro K.

    We are a team of two. Could we join the 24-hour hackathon remotely by any chance, because we are a bit far from SF... Could anyone help us get the password for data in the beginning of hackathon?

    September 25, 2013

  • Chris O.

    I'm also looking for a team to join. Masters in CS plus masters in physics, undergrad at Caltech. Ruby, Java, C/C++, Python, Go, etc. I've done some work with genetic algorithms and neural networks.

    September 25, 2013

    • Tuan

      Chris! Would you like to join our team?

      September 25, 2013

    • Tuan

      <!--tuanhuynh[dot]com­[at]gmail[dot]com-->

      September 25, 2013

  • Farrukh

    I help to predict parking availability for Downtown LA. Will be flying in on Friday for the hackathon. Please reach out if you are interested in forming a team.
    USC Alum, Master's in Machine Learning

    1 · September 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Erik, good to see another quant! You can join our team shobhit.mail at gmail

      September 24, 2013

    • Chris O.

      Can I play too? :) Anyone still have room on their team? Masters in CS plus masters in physics, undergrad at Caltech. Ruby, Java, C/C++, Python, Go, etc. I've done some work with genetic algorithms and neural networks.

      September 25, 2013

  • Hari K.

    Is this overnight hackathon??

    September 23, 2013

  • Divya B.

    hey..I'm Divya Beeram, graduate student in san Jose State...anyone coming from san jose downtown?

    September 19, 2013

    • Tuan

      I am in Santa Clara. I can help with requirements engineering, scope, scrum, general direction.

      September 23, 2013

    • Tuan

      Let's start a team? Please email me <!--tuanhuynh[dot]com­[at]gmail[dot]com-->

      September 23, 2013

  • Shoeb A.

    I will be joining from Oakland. Anyone from here n wants to go together?

    1 · September 23, 2013

  • Sayantan

    Hi, we don't need to be physically present at SF, right?

    September 20, 2013

  • Tim E.

    It's unfortunate that this overlaps with the DataWeek Data + API Hackathon!

    September 20, 2013

  • Dallas N.

    Remote from Seattle

    September 20, 2013

  • onuonga

    can't wait. I am hoping to connect via google hangouts or skype as I am currently out of the country doing some work.

    September 19, 2013

  • Dao M.

    Will be virtually there!

    September 19, 2013

  • Danny D.

    LFG Hackathon!

    Former Apple Intern, New Grad, Django Dev, etc.. I'm Looking for a team!

    September 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Moving back to SF after two years in Sydney! Rails dev willing to contribute where needed on a fun team and strong product.

    September 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can people participate remotely (ie. a virtual hackathon)? Or is this only for those who can show up in person?

    September 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Let's coordinate carpools to this event :) http://www.wheello.com/event/52283a3cd9179efede000008

    September 5, 2013

  • Jay C.

    I think the answers for making changes in our communities should always start with the community.

    September 4, 2013

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