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OPEN DATA FOR SOCIAL IMPACT
Build a project or service that leverages open data to have a social impact, or incorporate open data to an existing project or service that has a social impact
*You may participate in this challenge in parallel with any other theme (finance, health, education or environment).
Throughout history, humans have manifested a profound interest in collecting and recording all manners of details and statistics. From Aristotle empirical studies on fauna, flora and the surrounding environment, to Florence Nightingale’s meticulous survey of battlefield wounds and sanitation, to 23-year old Mariel Padilla’s Pulitzer-winning database of opioid-arrests chronicling Cincinnati’s heroin crisis, we have held a long tradition of helping our fellow kin through the collection and application of data. We ask ourselves, how can magnify this impact?
Well consider this. Many corporations, governments and societies acquire all manners of data in their daily activities. All this has resulted in droves of data being stored and catalogued. As much of this data is generated through the use of public funds and infrastructure or often belongs in public domain through its vary nature (i.e. the human genome), it stands to be made available to the public at large in the form of Open Data.
Many of the daily necessities that we take for granted such as on-demand bus locations, weather and GPS navigation are thanks to initiatives that embody open data principles, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There is an immense potential for social impact, if we only can capitalize on it. Now Data Cup is challenging participants of the Coopérathon to launch a project that delivers social impact and ventures into the universe of open data!
You are an aspiring data scientist/engineer/visionary/guru;
You want to learn modern data analysis techniques to apply to your ideas;
You are a storyteller;
You want to contribute to open source/open data;
You want to work together to have a positive impact on society;
October 6, 1:00PM-2:00PM
6750 Avenue de l’Esplanade
Montréal, QC, H2V 1A2
Design Thinking Approach to AI
October 11, 6:00PM-8:00PM
456 rue de la Gauchetière O, Suite 200
Montréal, QC, H2Z 1Y5
Rapid Prototyping with Azure Databricks
October 13, 1:00PM-2:30PM
1000 St Jacques St
Montreal, QC, H3C 1G7
On September 26th : Celebrate the launch of Cooperathon with us at the kick-off and visit our booth to learn more about Data Cup and the challenge!
From September 26th to October 21st : Contestants have until October 20th to submit their project. There will also be a pitch practice session for those interested on October 20th. You will get the chance to pitch your project during the semi-finals on the weekend of October 20-21st, depending on your city. The top five finalists will be announced on October 23rd.
From October 21st to November 1st : The 5 best projects will be selected to be presented to the jury on the finale. The teams will have 5 days to prepare their pitches.
November 1st : The top 5 teams will pitch their projects during the Cooperathon finale and one team will collect the Data Cup prize.
Data Cup is an initiative by Desjardins that is dedicated to educating and promoting to the community the responsible usage of data. In collaboration with its partners, Data Cup offers events, competitions, tools and educational resources to enable data adepts to practice and develop their skills.