Today, the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) is launching its second annual Civic Data Challenge, with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Last year’s winners included undergraduate students and nonprofit leaders, financial analysts and graphic designers, developers and coders from across the country.
This year, the program is expanding to offer greater development and implementation support for participants. For one thing, the Challenge will now be divided into three phases – ideation, creation, and implementation – to help convene teams and develop entries that are responsive to particular community needs. Throughout each of these phases, participants will have the opportunity to improve their entries with support from expert advisors. At the end of the Challenge, grand prizes will go to teams that have not only created a useful product, but that are also working with community partners to successfully implement their tools.