Forward Impact partnered with HUB Raleigh to establish the nation’s first-ever regional DataPalooza on April 22nd. DataPalooza is an open-data competition sponsored by the White House that connects local experts, innovators, and entrepreneurs to relevant, clean data drawn from federal, state, and local resources.  

This open data is used to develop applications and solutions that catalyze positive community and economic impact. Previous events have taken place in Washington, DC, using open data to spark innovation in the fields of health, education, and energy.

Nearly 100 people gathered at HUB Raleigh on April 22nd for the DataPalooza kick-off event, NC DataJam. The event featured speakers including Todd Park, CTO for the United States Government, Nick Sinai, Deputy CTO for the US Government, and Dan Pollard, Founder and CEO of myDrugCosts. 

Innovators, entrepreneurs, developers, and industry leaders alike joined forces during six breakout groups. During the breakout sessions, participants used open data to brainstorm solutions within the fields of health, energy, and education. Each group then presented their top ideas to everyone in attendance, votes were cast for which ideas should progress, and teams were formed. 

Part two of the event, the NC DataPalooza celebration, will take place during Triangle Entrepreneurship Week on September 12th. The event will feature keynote speakers, presentations by the competitors, and an announcement of the winning applications.