Philly Data Graphs 4 Good

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Philly Graph DB and The Cypher Philly Initiative(http://bit.ly/CypherPhillyint) are excited to announce a new meetup series called Philly Data Graphs 4 Good. The inspiration for this meetup series comes from Graphs4good(https://neo4j.com/graphs4good/): Building a Better World With Connected Data; a concept we learned about from Neo4j at last year's Graph Connect conference.

In the pursuit of connecting even more data for good here in Philadelphia, we wanted to take this concept and apply it to Philadelphia’s open data. We’re planning on bringing together a diverse field of individuals and organizations who want to share industry-specific data practices and collection methods.

Our goal is to bringing together multidisciplinary experts to start an open dialogue on how we can build better and more connected Data Graphs 4 Good. We hope you can join us in this series-opening event.

This Meetup series is in collaboration with Code For Philly, Linode, Neo4j, Data Philly meetup groups, and more.

We’ll be hosting a panel of experts from the city of Philadelphia's, Artists against Violence, Animal Rescue, Journalists from the Philadelphia ecosystem and several other industry experts.

The Mission
The Cypher Philly Initiative is an open source web application project designed to empower citizens, journalists, data scientists, coders and creatives with the ability to harness open data for civic good.

Our goal is to simplify the process of telling data-driven stories using open public data to bring about actionable change, while also informing citizens and governments alike. We plan to collaborate with news organizations to publish the results of our findings with the greater Philadelphia community.

Agenda Details
6:00 - 6:30 pm [ Social Hang ]
6:30 - 7:15 pm [ Intro Presentation and Brief Panel Discussion ]
7:15 - 7:30 pm [ Q&A With The Audience ]
7:30 - 8:15 pm [ Breakout Groups for Solutions Brainstorming ]
8:15 - 8:30 pm [ Group Discussion Conclusions, and Closing ]

What to bring:
- Bring Yourself and a curious mind ready to tackle interesting civic problems.

Social Hang:
Come, hang out and learn something new while meeting like-minded people interested in working with Civic Activism, Graph Databases, Data Science, Civic Engagement and Journalism.

Food, drinks and Event Space will be provided during this meetup event, courtesy of our sponsors Neo4j, Azavea and Linode.

Intro Presentation and Brief Panel Discussion:
Philly Graph DB will give a brief intro about the Cypher Philly Initiative and the meetup series Data Graphs 4 Good. Afterwards, we’ll introduce our panellists and some of the topics we’ll be covering in our meetup Series. Our goal with the Panel Discussions is to help you learn from each other how we can best help discover connected data needs.

Q&A With The Audience:
The Q&A session will allow you the audience to learn more about the panellists and what other experts there may be in the audience before we break out into solutions brainstorming groups.

Breakout Groups for Solutions Brainstorming:
Once you’ve gotten to know some of our panellist and categories for collaboration, the audience and panellists will break out into solutions brainstorming groups. Our goal with the breakout sessions is to discover Category specific interests for telling data stories. Within each group, there may be many topics which percolate into the open discussion which we’ll record into the group notes. Topics that may have overlapping connections which we aim to discover and make a priority for future data storytelling.

Discussion Group Question Example(http://bit.ly/CFGroupQExample)

Group Discussion Conclusions, and Closing:
At the end of the brainstorming sessions, we’ll have the team leaders tell everyone what conclusions their group came to. Once all groups have shared their conclusions we’ll end the meetup with closing remarks.