Byron Brown's Civic Innovation Challenge Check In Event Recap

Mayor Byron W. Brown’s Civic Innovation Challenge Check-In

Friday April 6, 2018

At the BETC - 77 Goodell Street


Mayor Byron Brown Civic Innovation ChallengeDemone Smith Director of BETC opened the remarks and introduced Byron Brown. Mayor Brown gave a good overview of the Buffalo Open Data site and the innovation challenge. He also said that there are already over 70 registrations for the challenge and that $8,000 of prize money is up for grabs. Mayor Brown then introduced Ben Roberts Director of Public Affairs of AT&T, and is the Sponsor of the Challenge. Ben introduced Kirk McLean who is the Program Manager of Open Data Buffalo and works with Mayor Brown. And Kirk introduced Dr. Aaron Krolikowski who has been a big player in both the open data movement and civic involvement.


Here are some Challenge Statements from our WNY community organizations:

  • Improve residents’ physical health
  • Improve residents’ mental health
  • Reduce/prevent lead exposure
  • Connect residents with information about business licenses/permits/inspections data, etc.
  • Transform vacant lots and zombie houses
  • Reduce homelessness
  • Reduce drug use
  • Address aging infrastructure
  • Reduce crime/increase public safety
  • Increase health/active living of youth


The basic rules:

  • There can be 1-5 team members and at least one member of the team is a resident of WNY
  • Teams must utilize one dataset from the Open Data Buffalo portal.


All materials must be submitted by April 22 at midnight.

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If a team is selected as a finalist (1st-3rd) at least one member of the team must be available for the grand prize announcement on May 9th, 2018

All details on the challenge -


After the public remarks all attendee’s were escorted to a classroom where Kirk McLean from Open Data Buffalo showed how the new portal works. Then 3 breakout groups covered Data Portal Exploration and Feedback, Getting Involved in Local Data Projects and lastly the Civic Innovation Challenge - Q&A / Discussions. 


Live Open Data Site - Search any open data like 311 calls, crime stats per neighborhood, geospatial data, data outside of Buffalo, and you are able to search NYS Open Data as well.


Written by: Peter Cimino, Director of Information Technology, Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors

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