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DIDC Lean Data Product Development with the US Census Bureau - Debrief and Video

Thank you

I want to thank everyone for attending DIDC's May Meetup event, Lean Data Product Development with the US Census Bureau. This was our first attempt at helping bring potential data product needs to our audience and, based on audience feedback, it will not be our last. That being said, we would love your thoughts on how we could further improve future such events.lean_data_product_panel

I want to add a massive thanks not only to our in-person and online panelists, but also to Logan Powell who was a major force in both organizing this event and also acting as the emcee and guiding the conversation.

Video of the Event

If you missed it, a video of the panel and event is available here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWWbk5E1Jzg

Information Resources

Finally, below are some follow up information links for those interested.

From Judith K. Johnson, Lead Librarian SBDCNet

From Sara Schnadt

A New Type of Meet Up Event?

Come join us the day after Memorial day for a new type of Meet Up. In the past, Data Innovation DC and Data Community DC have brought in fascinating speakers discussing data products and services that have already been built or data sets that are now available for public consumption. This Tuesday, we are changing things up as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking. Our goal is to have individuals and teams interested in building commercially viable data products attend and listen to experts strongly familiar with data problems that consumers of US Census data are having.  Simply put, we are trying to line up problems that other people (also known as potential customers) will pay to have them solved.  As a massive added bonus, if your team can put something together before the end of next weekend, you may be able to attract national-level press interest.

Some of the bios for our Tuesday Panelists are below. If you are interested in attending for free, please register here.

Andy Hait

Andrew W. Hait serves as the Data Product and Data User Liaison in the Economic Planning and Coordination Division at the U.S. Census Bureau.  With over 26 years of service at the Bureau, Andy oversees the data products and tools and coordinates data user training for the Economic Census and the Census Bureaus other economic survey programs. He also is the lead geographic specialist in the Economic Programs directorate.  Andy is the Census Bureau’s inside man for understanding our customer’s needs.

Judith Johnson (Remote)

Judith K. Johnson joins us from the Small Business Administration-funded Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) National Information Clearinghouse to as Lead Librarian. She monitors daily incoming operations, provide business information research and review completed research by staff before distribution to SBDC advisors located nationwide.  Ms. Johnson’s also provides preliminary patent or trademark searches and trains staff and SBDC advisors.  She comes to the panel with a strong handle on entrepreneur / business owner data needs.

Matthew Earls,

M.U.R.P., is a GIS Analyst at Carson Research Consulting (CRC). His work primarily revolves around the Baltimore DataMind. Mr. Earls is also responsible for managing social media (e.g., Facebook and Twitter) for the DataMind as well as the DataMind blog. He provides assistance with data visualization and mapping for other CRC projects as needed.

Dr. Taj Carson

The CEO and founder of Carson Research Consulting (CRC), a research and evaluation firm based in Baltimore. Dr. Carson has been working in the field of evaluation since 1997 and specializes in research and evaluation that can be used to improve organizations and program performance. She is also the creator and driving force behind the Baltimore DataMind, an interactive online mapping tool that allows users to visualize various socio-economic data for the Baltimore city at the neighborhood level.

Kim Pierson (remote)

Kim Pierson is a Senior Data Analyst with ProvPlan in Providence, Rhode Island. She has 6 years of experience in data analysis, geospatial information, and data visualization.  She works with community organizations, non-profits, government agencies, and national organizations to transform data into information that supports better decision making, strengthens communities, and a promotes a more informed populace.  She specializes in urban-data analysis including demographic, education, health, public safety, and Census data. She has worked on web-based data and mapping applications including the RI Community Profiles, RI DataHUB, and ArcGIS Viewer for Flex applications. She holds a M.A. degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois.

 

The Pragmatic Hackathon - Lean Customer Development for Data Products with the US Census Bureau

Interested in starting a company? It is summertime, the time for sequels. Our first event with the US Census Bureau was such a success that we are having a follow up event as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking.

In our first Census Event, we had Census data experts come and talk about the data that the US Census Bureau has available and how it could potentially be used to start a company. During this event, it was uncovered that Census has a number of data consumers that have legitimate problems around the Census data that they consume; these companies could use help and this represented a very legitimate business opportunity.

At this event, we are going to bring in actual Census data consumers to discuss their data-related problems. Why? Because customer development and finding the data-product market fit are the hard parts of starting a company. By providing access to potential customers who have very specific problems around open data sets, we are trying to lower the barriers for enterprising individuals and teams to start companies. We sincerely hoping that teams will form to address these issues and potentially commercialize their solutions.

If you want, think of this as a practical hackathon. Instead of spending the weekend building a small application or website or data visualization, spend a few hours understanding real, addressable business problems that can be commercialized. We will leave it to you and your team to build the solution on your own time but will still provide drinks and the pizza.

Oh yeah, time to mention the last carrot we have to dangle. We will be an official part of the National Day of Civic Hacking. That means that those industrious teams that jump in to solve a problem and that can assemble something interesting by the end of the weekend, could get access to national level press.

Questions, please email Sean Murphy through MeetUp.com or via Twitter @SayHiToSean.