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Open Data, Hackathons & Challenge Announcement

Including; Hackathon Announcement: IBM's Big Data for Social Good Challenge

The ability to use data from public domain sources has been an exciting prospect for BI and Web Developers both in the commercial and public sector space. Of late, an increasing number of Hackathons and "Challenges" have been presented both by Academic and Commercial entities where the collaboration of designers, developers, testers, and users can come together to help learn as well as provide solutions.
Our meetup this month will feature a few developers who have used open data sources to provide their examples (we are still open to any others who would like to present)! Finally, IBM will discuss their "Big Data for Social Good Challenge". The challenge offers prizes for developers ranging from $1,000 through $20,000 in cash, along with the opportunity to earn a donation in your name to Plantabilion.org (Nature Conservancy).
Presenters (Subject to Change):
Dan Zubey - Solomon Communications Systems - A public safety communications engineer, Dan has created a notification and mapping system based off of publicly-available Phoenix Fire Department data, that geolocates fire calls, maps them, and creates notification events in the background.
Greg Morgan - Maricopa County - Greg has a lot of experience working with OpenStreetMap and other public data sources to present and analyze data. He will talk about a few of the projects he's worked on in his spare time (outside working hours).
Joe Junker - IBM - Joe will give us an overview of the Big Data for Social Good Challenge & a few of the tools IBM is allowing free access for developers to compete for these prizes

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