News release

Open Data Contest Winners

Data innovators came to Dalhousie University for the Nova Scotia Open Data Contest over the weekend.

The two-day event, March 7-8, celebrating International Open Data Day and the fourth anniversary of the province’s open data portal, saw 22 teams pitching solutions based on the contest themes of health care and economic growth.

“It’s great to see so much interest in using the data made available on the portal,” said Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services Minister Patricia Arab. “I want to congratulate the winners and all the participants who took part in the contest.”

First place was awarded to Leah Fulton, Nathan Slater and Charles Williams for creating an application that displays ambient air quality concentrations on an interactive map of Nova Scotia.

Rishab Gupta, Nawaz Hussain, Ganesh Joorawon and Gaganpreet Singh earned second place for their application focused on optimizing recyclable waste management in the province.

Third place went to Keshava Pallavi Gone and Raghavarao Neelam who developed an application that brings together health data from different health-care resources into a single solution.

Two additional teams were presented with special awards. Jatin Mahajan, Sai Kumar Nerella, Navjot Singh and Akshey Singhal were recognized for their predictive model that examined trends and demographics of specific diseases. Isaac Greenberg, Yoon Park, Gwen McFallon and Sandrico Provo were acknowledged for the creation of a chatbot that answers non-emergency health concerns.

Quick Facts:

  • Nova Scotia launched its open data portal in 2016 to provide free, easy access to government data
  • datasets are refreshed on a regular basis and new datasets are added to the portal every year.

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