NC DataPalooza: Health Innovation through Open Data

September 5, 2014 12:37 AM

Health professionals, students, entrepreneurs, developers, and designers will join forces on September 12th, 2014 to collaborate on a mission to revolutionize the health sector through relevant open data. HQ Raleigh and Forward Impact are proud to host the 2nd annual NC DataPalooza, an open-data competition at the Red Hat Tower that will include a live pitch from the three NC DataPalooza finalist teams and a panel discussion from health and analytics experts.

The teams have developed business concepts using health-related open data to make a positive impact on the community and economy:

  • LocalMedAdvisor: Whose goal is to change the way patients select physicians and healthcare facilities, using Medicare billing data, insurance plan trends, customer reviews, and other data sources.

  • FreeWheeling NC: Crowdsourced bike routes based on real-time GPS/rider feedback in order to influence public policy, aid users with optimal results, and promote biking as transportation.

  • Stone Soup: A platform to help those who need food, or those with food to donate, find food pantries in their area. Individuals in need can also register to get alerts when food is available. Food pantries can also register so they can keep their information up to date.

After working with mentors from the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, the three NC DataPalooza finalist teams were then selected to pitch to a panel of judges in hopes of winning a cash prize to continue developing their venture. This year’s judges panel will include Bobby Bahram of Excelerate Health Ventures, Lee Buck of Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, Ian Henshaw of the Open Data Institute of NC, and Michael Cousins, Chief Analytic Officer at Health Vue Partners.

Following the live pitch event will be a panel discussion from experts in health and open data such as Bill Greeves, CIO of Wake County NC; Steve Cline, VP for Strategic Partnerships at Community Care of NC; Monali Bhosle, Founder of RxAnte (acquired by Milenium Labs); and Javed Mostafa, Director of the Carolina Health Informatics Program.  The panel will be moderated by Lori Bush of Cary Town Council.

This event positions the Triangle as a center for open data, collaboration, and  innovation- putting us a step forward in making this region a top five entrepreneurial community in the country.

NC DataPalooza is presented by Red Hat and Wells Fargo, and sponsored by Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, Windstream Hosted Solutions, Socrata, and HQ Raleigh.

For more information or to register and become a part of the movement, please visit

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