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Data for Building Communities

A data platform designed to connect residents to neighborhood resources that contribute to a sense of community and identity.

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We will identify the resources (social determinants of health) of people's neighborhoods that make them happy and healthy. We can then reverse engineer this information to connect and suggest what improvements can be made to help grow East Austin into a healthier neighborhood! Rather than suggest only the need for transportation, the bigger question is what resources (doctors, healthy grocery stores, parks, childcare, access to bus, etc) do people need in their neighborhood and are commuting to?

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

The city of Austin can use this solution to help the current residents in East Austin. The recommendations are made by building a data product that collects data from relocatees. They are giving us information on priorities, style, and demographics. With this information, we can predict the most compatible neighborhoods based on their persona. With this information, we can work backwards to understand the necessary infrastructure neighborhoods need in order to create happier and healthier communities.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Prototype - you have built a prototype and tested it with potential users
  • Pilot - you have implemented your solution in a real-world scenario

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

With early recommendations, we were able to accurately suggest neighborhoods of local residents 9 out of 10 times. We know we need more information and further product development to become more accurate.

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Cofounders: Vi Nguyen is a sociologist with a focus on public health and behavioral science. Shashank Shetty is a senior software architect with 15+ years dev exp at Dell & MVBA. Nam Nguyen is a data scientist with a focus on political behavior. He concentrates on how people make decisions. PhD Candidate at UNT. Relevant advisors are Ruben Cantu (ED of Inclusive Innovation at UT Austin) and Juan Thurman (Director of SWAN, a social impact fund).

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Team or Organization URL

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Rough budget (500 characters)

60% data product (development to bring in further information and training models). 15% development (integrating the data from our website into data product). 15% marketing (getting in front of relocatees and residents). 10% product (A/B testing and usability testing).

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

We will Identify neighborhood boundaries outside of Austin proper (further East). Build 2nd addition of survey to identify user location and ratings of current neighborhoods. Allow users to create priority amenities or locations as an option for our quiz and recommendations. Integrate Google Places to identify neighborhood amenities. - Onboard local businesses to build profiles.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

Our major key performance indicators would include the number of site visitors/users participating in Localizer (quiz), number of local businesses participating in Homads network, and the number of relocatee audience traffic to local businesses. Deliverables: - top neighborhood resources ranked by priority - identify the minimum distance of resources to neighborhood necessary - recommend top resources needed to improve the health of the neighborhood

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

Yes we partner with local realtors and businesses to advertise to relocatees. These partners provide neighborhood reviews to help relocatees learn the feel of each area.

Social Media Twitter: @homadsrentals


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I'm originally from the city of Cleveland and although I like new experiences, it's hard not to look for elements that remind me of home. I'd like to work with you guys - our projects have strong synergies. I really hope you win and good luck!

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Hey Airion Watkins-Clark , thanks for the comment. We'd love to connect to see how we can work together!

There is something nostalgic about finding things that remind you of home and also fascinating to realize that "Home" means something very different to different people!

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