Open Data Contest 2017


The first Nova Scotia Open Data Contest was held in partnership with the School of Information Management and the Rowe School of Business (Dalhousie Faculty of Management) on March 4-5, 2017.

The Challenge

The contest was open to both individuals and teams and challenged the participants to use data from Nova Scotia's open data portal to develop a unique product, such as an app, visualization, or predictive model, focused on three areas:
  1. Promoting tourism
  2. Assisting new immigrants
  3. Effective management of Nova Scotia's natural resources and protection of the environment

The Winners

Sixteen teams of young innovators spent the weekend creating their innovative solutions and pitching them to judges. Participants included students from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia Community College, Saint Mary’s University, and the community. The contest began on Saturday, March 4th (which was International Open Data Day), and ended Sunday, March 5th, 2017.

First Place

First place was awarded to Sunil Udhayakumar, Keerthana Mohan, Siddharth Thangharaj and Rasheed Andrews for using Crown land and weather data to create a model for determining the best places for wind turbines in Nova Scotia.

Second Place

The second-place award was presented to Greg Horne, Gordon Campbell, Shahid Javed, Michael Nisbet and Tayo Adara for creating an app to help campers make the most of their experiences in provincial parks.

Third Place (Tie): Team 1

The first team, made up of Jabes Harris, Alif Momin, Zehao Ba, and Zhishen Yang, created an app matching immigrants settling in Halifax Regional Municipality with the neighbourhood best suited to their personal and family needs.

Third Place (Tie): Team 2

Kanngi Mahajan, Raj Sonani, Shahriar Mullick Swapnil, Sanjeevi Ramachandran and Li Bo, members of the second team, built a model to predict chemical composition of lake water and reduce the total cost of monitoring.

People's Choice

The People's Choice Award, selected by the participating teams, went to an application that uses social media feeds to enrich the tourism experience for visitors and was developed by Janice Lobo, Jie Pan, and Vivek Karunakaran.


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