almost 2 years ago

And the winners are . . .

The votes are in! Go to the hackathon gallery to congratulate the winners and check out all of the awesome submissions. Thanks so much for using your data science prowess to help us understand the factors driving graduation rates; we learned a lot, and we hope you did too.

Even though the competition is over, you don't have to stop hacking. Use your portfolio to keep your project up to date and get feedback from fellow hackers.


about 2 years ago

Last call for submissions

The deadline is just around the corner; this is your last chance to submit your solution to Data for Diplomas. The deadline is November 17 at 5pm ET. Find out what time that is in your city.

Questions?

We’re here to help. If you have any questions about the hackathon, post on the discussion forum or email support@devpost.com and we’ll respond as soon as we can.

 


about 2 years ago

One week to go! (for real this time)

We're in the home stretch! There’s only one week left to submit your solution to Data for Diplomas. The deadline is November 17 at 5pm ET. Find out what time that is in your city.

QUESTIONS?

We’re here to help. If you have any questions about the hackathon, post on the discussion forum or email support@devpost.com and we’ll respond as soon as we can.


about 2 years ago

DEADLINE EXTENDED

What’s better than more data?

More time with more data.

To allow you to take full advantage of the tract district mapping data file we released yesterday (download here), we’re extending the submission deadline until November 17, 2015. That’s another full week to work on your data-crunching, diploma-generating projects!

You can view the full competition schedule here.

If you’ve already submitted your project, no need to worry — incorporating this data set is entirely optional.

Questions?

We can help. Write us at support@devpost.com or post to the discussion forum

 

about 2 years ago

One week to go!

We're in the home stretch! There’s only one week left to submit your solution to Data for Diplomas. The deadline is November 17 at 5pm ET. Find out what time that is in your city.

Questions?

We’re here to help. If you have any questions about the hackathon, post on the discussion forum or email support@devpost.com and we’ll respond as soon as we can.

 


about 2 years ago

We've added tract district mapping data

Good news! We've updated the individual data sets zipped file to include the tract district mapping file (SD_TRACT_MAPPING2010.csv). You can check it out here!


Background: The file SD_TRACT_MAPPING2010.csv will contain the overlap percentages for every LEAID (school district). In order to map this back to the CENSUS file for 2010, the join key will be the concatenation of (State,County,Tract Code).

Still need something?

We can help! Reach us at support@devpost.com or on the discussion forum


about 2 years ago

Two weeks to go; submit early!

There are two weeks left in Data for Diplomas! Submissions are due November 17 before 5pm ET. Find out what time that is in your city.

If you’re just joining us, please read the Quick-Start guide.

Submission checklist

Before you say “Ship it!”, make sure you run through this list:

  • Did you incorporate one or more of the required data sets in your solution?
  • Does your data analysis provide insights that could help improve U.S. high school graduation rates?
  • Did you highlight your insights in a static or interactive data visualization, OR in a data-centric, functional software application?
  • Does…

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about 2 years ago

Data tools, events, and inspiration

We've had the opportunity to partner with some incredible organizations for this competition, and we can attest that the data for social good movement is very much alive and well! In addition to data initiatives, there are a number of excellent education advocacy organizations supporting our mission to use data to help students earn their high school diplomas on time.

We are inspired by the work of our partners and want to share some of what they're doing with you.

Community & inspiration 

  • BlueLabs: BlueLabs is an analytics and technology company dedicated to innovation for social good. Their projects range from…

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about 2 years ago

Three weeks left! Have you started your submission?

There are three weeks remaining in Data for Diplomas! Beat the deadline rush by getting your submission ready early. The deadline is November 17 at 5pm ET. Find out what time that is in your city.

If you haven’t started your submission yet, do it now. And if you’re just getting started, read the official rules and follow the Quick-Start guide.

Questions?

We’re here to help. If you have any questions about the hackathon, post on the discussion forum or email support@devpost.com and we’ll respond as soon as we can.

 


about 2 years ago

Making a great submission video

We know you’re laser-focused on your data visualizations and apps right now, but don’t forget about your submission video. It’s the first thing that judges and voters will review. Your text description and video should explain the methodology you used to derive your data-driven insights, and should also explain how your insights could help improve U.S. high school graduation rates.

A good video tells the story behind your submission, providing a clear and concise explanation of what your solution is and does. Here are some tips and a list of screencasting tools:

  • Establish your elevator pitch. In the first…

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about 2 years ago

One month left, start your submission now

There’s one month left in Data for Diplomas. Submissions are due November 10 before 5pm ET.

Start your submission now

Take a look at the submission form and make sure that your solution meets the requirements. There’s nothing worse than getting to the deadline, only to realize that you’re missing a key component! And remember: once you submit a project, you can continue to edit it and make changes until the submission deadline.

Prepare your video

Your submission must include a video illustrating your solution and the main functionality of the app or data visualization. Too often, participants leave…

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about 2 years ago

Thoughts from our judging panel and AT&T's social good program

This note comes from one of our judges, John Bridgeland, CEO of Civic Enterprises. Civic Enterprises is a public policy and strategy firm that works with corporations, nonprofits, foundations, universities, and governments to develop innovative initiatives and public policies in the fields of education, national service, civic engagement, conservation, public health and more.

Later this fall, I will be reviewing your Data for Diplomas submissions alongside some outstanding fellow judges who are true leaders in the effort to ensure we reach the goal of a 90 percent on-time high school graduation rate by 2020.

We all know graduating is important. This year, the…

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about 2 years ago

Dealing with data: tips and resources

Getting to the root of a deep sociological question like the one we’re asking you to answer — Why don’t more U.S. high school students graduate on time, and how can we help them do that? — isn’t an easy task. Here are some things to consider when thinking about the graduation rate challenge and how to approach the data.

  1. Think about ways to leverage the Census data. AT&T has included data relating to every Census tract that touches a particular school district. Is this information useful, or is it too much? Do school districts with more variation within the…

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over 2 years ago

Quick-Start Guide

Thanks so much for taking an interest in education and helping us boost high school graduation rates in the U.S. Your work during this hackathon will help us get to 90% by 2020!

Here are four ways to get started:

  1. Visit the Resources page to learn about the required data sets and take a look at the sample bench analyses. (That's right, we've got a head start ready for you!)
  2. Read through the Requirements so you know what you’ll need to submit.
  3. Find a teammate by reaching out to fellow participants.
  4. Take a minute to review the official rules

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