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Knight News Challenge on Data opens Sept. 8

knight foundation logoThe next Knight News Challenge will focus on answering this question: How might we make data work for individuals and communities? Winners will receive a share of $3 million in funding to develop their projects.

Open to anyone: journalists, startups, civic hackers, and academics, media organizations, businesses, nonprofits, government and individuals. Anyone can also offer feedback on submitted ideas.

Learn more at NewsChallenge.org

Applications open Sept. 8, 9am ET and close Sept. 30

Live events and virtual office hours will be held throughout September to answer questions about this Challenge. (Event list)

On Twitter, follow #NewsChallenge and @KnightFdn. Sign up for News Challenge e-mail updates.

Volunteering and Civic Life in America data

The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the U.S. Census Bureau, recently released new Volunteering and Civic Life in America (VCLA) data for 2013.

While some key indicators remain high, 16 of the 20 civic health indicators dropped compared to our most recent data collected in 2011 and 2012. Below are some of the central findings:

  • Confidence in corporations increased with 64.5% reporting they have some or a great deal of confidence, up 2.5 points from 62% in 2011.
  • 25.4% or 62 million Americans volunteered a total of 7.7 billion hours compared to 26.5% in 2012.
  • 55.8% of Americans trust most or all of the people in their neighborhood and 12.1% of Americans exchanged favors for neighbors frequently. Both decreased by .9 and 1.9 points respectively since 2011.
  • More than a third of Americans (36.3%) are involved in a school, civic, recreational, religious, or other organization, down 3 points from 2011.
  • Americans who hear from family or friends frequently saw the third biggest drop at 3.3 points since 2011.
  • Americans reporting that they had some or a great deal of confidence in the media had the biggest drop of 7 points from 62% to 55%.

Overall, the data shows Americans continue to volunteer and engage in their communities at high rates. While the data is only from two years, we should be vigilant about the challenges facing America’s civc health.

To overcome these challenges, we must all redouble our efforts in our personal and professional lives. At NCoC, we are building the Service Year exchange (SYx) to unite Americans through service and supporting our partners through the Civic Health Initiative. Learn more about these efforts and join us. Together, we can strengthen civic life in America.

Challenge Yourself: Use Civic Data to Meet Community Needs

by the National Conference on Citizenship (an ADP Partner organization)

Civic Data Challenge logoThe 2013 Civic Data Challenge launches today at the Data Visualization Summit in San Francisco. The Challenge invites participants to turn raw data about civic health into useful applications and visualizations that have direct impact on public decision-making.

Expanded version of last year’s challenge

Last year, the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation  launched the first-ever national Civic Data Challenge. Winning teams spanned the country and included undergraduate students and nonprofit leaders, financial analysts and graphic designers, developers and coders. They brought new eyes, new minds, and new skill sets to the field of civic health to help make this trove of community insight more valuable and accessible to decision makers and the public. For a great recap of last year’s Challenge, read Fast Company’s Visualizing Civic Data to Make the Case for Civic Health.

This year, NCoC, with the support of Knight Foundation, is launching an expanded version of the Challenge. Exciting additions to this year’s Challenge include:

  • Three Challenge phases–ideation, creation, and implementation– to help teams come together to build entries that are responsive to community needs.
  • Grand prizes to teams that create exceptionally useful products AND work with community partners to successfully implement those tools.
  • The opportunity for participants to improve entries along the way with the support of a team of expert advisors.

Submit an idea now

The Civic Data Challenge is asking community leaders, government officials, developers, coders and all interested citizens to get involved. The first step is to submit an idea through the Challenge website, from April 11 – May 19. This ideation phase is an opportunity to creative a collective brainstorm about what tools (apps, websites, videos, and infographics) could be built using civic data. These ideas will inform the parameters of the Challenge and teams will begin building entries to respond May 24 – July 28.  Join us at www.CivicDataChallenge.org .

The Civic Data Challenge is supported by our launch partners at Innovation Enterprise who are organizing the Data Visualization Summit. DVSF is the world’s largest executive led data visualization summit and will be attended by Fortune 500 executives. The challenge is also supported by promotional partners at CEOs for Cities, DataKind, Data Visualization Summit and sponsors at Iron.io.

Partner Spotlight: NCoC’s Civic Data Challenge

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Countdown to Civic Data Challenge Deadline: Turn Raw Data into Community Tools

Believe that communities can take better advantage of key data in their decision making? Join the Civic Data Challenge and help turn the raw data of civic health into useful community tools. The deadline for submission is July 29th.

The first-ever Civic Data Challenge will bring new eyes, new minds, new findings, and new skill sets to the field of civic health. It’s a project of NCoC (the National Conference on Citizenship), in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as well as other great partners like Code for America and the Case Foundation. Kaggle, DataWeek, and GOOD are all contributing exciting prizes. The Salesforce.com Foundation has announced their commitment as a top-line sponsor—contributing $25,000 in cash prizes for Challenge winners!

Participants in the Challenge will turn the raw data of “civic health” into beautiful, useful applications and visualizations, enabling communities to be better understood and made to thrive. NCoC is providing its civic health data, as well as other data on the important topics of health, safety, education, and the economy.

You’re invited to collaborate with others, analyze the data, and create something amazing to showcase what you find. Designers, data scientists, researchers, and app developers are especially encouraged to join the challenge. All entries must be received by July 29th, so make sure to join the Google Group now!

The challenge has exciting prizes for the winners, who will be selected from each category — health, economy, safety, and education. As a participant, you will be competing for cash and other cool prizes including the opportunity to host your own data competition on the Kaggle platform, to present your winning insights at Data Week in September, and to feature your submissions through the GOOD platform.

You’ll also have the chance to get your work in front of an awesome team of judges including:

  • Leslie Bradshaw, President, COO and Co-founder of JESS3
  • Beth Kanter, Author, Blogger, Trainer
  • Henry E. Brady, Dean and Professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
  • Matt Mahan, President and Acting CEO, Causes
  • Jake Porway, Founder and Executive Director, DataKind
  • Darell Hammond, CEO and Founder of KaBOOM!
  • Maria Teresa Kumar, Founding Executive Director of Voto Latino
  • Ryan Resella, Technical Lead at Code for America
  • Sonal Shah, former Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation
  • Michael D. Smith, Senior Vice President of Social Innovation at the Case Foundation
  • Christie George, Director of New Media Ventures
  • Craig Newmark, Founder of Craigslist and Craigconnects
  • Vivek Kundra, Executive Vice President, Emerging Markets, Salesforce.com.

Winners will be announced at the 67th Annual National Conference on Citizenship on September 14 in Philadelphia.

Watch the Civic Data Challenge team launch the Challenge at the Data 2.0 Summit in San Francisco: http://www.civicdatachallenge.org/blog/post/civic-data-challenge-launched-at-data-20-summit_1

How to find the Challenge:
www.CivicDataChallenge.org
www.Twitter.com/CivicData
www.Facebook.com/CivicDataChallenge

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