Health DataPalooza


Urban Dictionary defines the word Palooza as ‘an all-out crazy party; partying at one place with a ton of people like there’s no tomorrow. When we say datapalooza, there is no party involved, except a ton of geeks, entrepreneurs, industry bigwigs and bureaucrats struggling with big data with the help of lots of caffeine and powerpoints. Governments are trying to collect, maintain, and automate data related to all sectors and translating into mobile apps and computer programs. Health Datapalooza is a national conference in the US which focuses on liberating health data, and bringing together the companies, startups, academics, government agencies, and individuals with latest innovative and effective uses of health data. The purpose is to find ways to improve patient outcomes through competitions.

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unnamedWhat is Crowdmapping?
Crowdmapping is an opensource initiative by Ushahidi (meaning witness). It is a Kenyan technology and allows users all over the world to create crowd-generated inputs comprising of text messages and social media feeds with geographic near real-time information about events happening around them. Through this, users can create maps and make information reach worldwide about crimes, natural disasters etc. Crowdmaps can be created by anyone on the Ushahidi platform through tools like
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Video Conferencing – New And Improved Possibilities


Video conferencing is not a new technology. However, recently video conferencing has begun to be improved and applied in new and interesting ways to accomplish agency’s goals and save money. Workers can use IP-based, high definition cameras in office or conference rooms, use software-based communications tools such as Cisco Jabber which make video calls from one computer to another possible, or use free internet services like Google Hangouts which provide video conferencing.

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Estonia’s E-Government – A model to look towards and replicate?

imagesEstonia’s e-government has been widely praised for its simplicity and ease of use. All Estonian citizens are assigned a personal ID code rather than using a social security number, taxpayer number, etc. Secondly, Estonia uses Public-key infrastructure (PKI) which allows citizens to be able to have a “signature” for government transactions. This digital signature has been applied to mobile phones and ID cards allow Estonians to be able to electronically vote, file taxes, maintain business and property records, and register births and deaths.

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Civic Insight (BlightStatus)

BLIGHTstatus2aCivicinsight, formerly BlightStatus is a public website that provides citizens up-to-date information on the status of underutilized properties in their community.  It is an opensource project by Code for America for the city of New Orleans. It gives quick and accurate information to citizens who want to know what has happened with an abandoned property in their area. The site connects directly to internal government data systems to make information about the status of vacant or underutilized spaces available to the public in real-time.

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Ten Mobile Apps by Code for America

Adopt a Hydrant: is an app that allows citizens to claim responsibility for shoveling out fire hydrants after heavy snowfall. It lets governments look to community members for help. This map-based web app allows individuals, small business and community organizations to volunteer in shoveling out specific hydrants. www.
BizFriendly: is an app led by Kansas city, Missouri Mayor’s Office and brings together small and mid-sized business owners, their employees, community experts, governments, and providers of web services in one place to learn and share about how to start, run and grow businesses. Users can learn and teach through online lessons through content creation tools built into bizfriendly.

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RFP-EZ – a new way for the government to do contracting?

RFP-EZ is a “web-based application that is comprised of five different systems (SOWComposer, BidMaker, BidMonitor, RFP-EZ Marketplace, and Portfolio Browser), all meant to make it easier for small businesses to sell their services to government buyers, and for contracting officers to buy small dollar value services” ( It was launched by the Small Business Administration (SBA) through the Presidential Innovation Fellows program.


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