Sunday Oct. 21, 2018
Good Systems 311 Calls and 500 Cities Hackathon
11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Perry-Castañeda Library

 Learning Lab 1, Perry-Castañeda Library


You are Invited to a Hackathon Presented by Good Systems Leaders:

  • Junfeng Jiao, School of Architecture and Department of Population Health at Dell Medical School
  • Sherri Greenberg, LBJ School of Public Affairs
  • Katie Pierce Meyers, Achitecture & Planning Librarian

More than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and the urban population is expected to double by 2050. While urbanization and the growth of cities is expected to bring about prosperity and a higher quality of life for some, others may be left behind. Densely populated urban environments may result in countervailing effects for individuals such as increased risk of stress and exposure to neighborhood hazards, such as traffic, litter, and noise. Capturing these health risks in urban environments has become increasingly important as more people are expected to live in cities.

This one-day hackathon will leverage existing data from 500 cities and the novel crowd-sourced citizen input data (311 calls and 211 calls) to capture residents’ perception about healthy and unhealthy neighborhoods. Participants are expected to use information technologies (e.g. AI, Automation) to analyze the large scale data-sets and offer deep insights about our urban life.

The end product could be a website that offers an interactive mapping tool for residents to visualize the link between neighborhood risk factors and key health outcomes. Or a website that predicts future 311 calls or complaints based on existing data.

The goal of this hackathon is to use existing information technologies to better understand our urban life and guide future city planning and management at the local, regional, or national level.

This event is open to all UT Austin Students. Food will be provided throughout the day. Please RSVP to reserve your spot.

This event is organized by Bridging Barriers in the Office of the Vice President for Research.

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