An Open Data Project
By Anthony, Daniel, Shaheed
High School Students from CS4All @ Bronx Academy for Software Engineering
About this Project:
Our goal is to take New York City's open data and make it accessible for everyone to see. We are creating maps that show the number of evictions taking place in the Bronx as well as new york city as a whole. Looking at trends and doing our research we have already created 3 maps that help to show the rising issue with landlords and evictions taking place.
Feedback from the Judges:
Seth Giammanco 👏 Principal, Technology Lead at Minds On Design Lab Inc — Emoti-Con Judge
You project intro starts "Our goal is to take New York City's open data and make it accessible for everyone to see." by my goodness what you have actually proposed here is so much more. Your true goal (in my opinion) is to raise awareness to the frightening number of evictions in the Bronx. This, and to envision a website that inspires action. Your project proposal presents your vision, research, process, and implementation ideas so very well. It is informative and impactful. Your use of city data (something I've had the chance to work with on in a project around health statistics for the boroughs) is a great start. Is there a stronger first sentence you could start this off with? I think there is because the words and work that follows that first sentence show off some deep thinking and notable effort by your team. Be bold and hope you all feel proud of this effort. I believe you should.
Deveena Sood 👏 BFA Integrated Design Student at Parsons School of Design Senior — Emoti-Con Judge
As a visual learner, I loved the simplicity of the maps yet how intriguing, informative and interactive they were. I really appreciate the way you considered the design of the maps and how you were going to represent the data (why you chose to go with choropleth and symbol rather than locator maps). I think your project pitch was very thorough and I liked being able to follow your process! I also appreciate the way you have looked at how you will expand the project in the future to other areas. The website is great and a good start for where the maps will live. I wonder in what other contexts these maps might exist? Maybe they could exist in public spaces. Maybe they could even be interactive coded maps that change in real-time or people walking by can interact with them in some way? Perhaps such interactions lead more people to your website? Just brainstorming! Loved the whole thing from start to end! Sidenote: Your project reminded me of this: https://projectconnect.unicef.org/map
Josh Miller 👏 Professor at Kutztown University — Emoti-Con Judge
A very interesting and timely project, clearly presented. The clear interface and visual choices for the maps help the user explore and understand the content. I think you very much succeeded in providing awareness and context to the issues, but my only suggestion is to provide some actionable steps for the users to move beyond awareness & help with the situation. As you noted in your presentation the pre-pandemic data and current data would likely be different, it would be interesting to be able to compare the map data over time. You've set up a solid framework for exploring data and bringing awareness to this situation. An important concept with a strong execution - nicely done.
Valerie Casasanto 👏 Outreach Lead, ICESat-2 Mission at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center — Emoti-Con Judge
Beautifully designed website and impactful! Love the font used and the categories - especially 'Stories.' I could see interviews with folks who were evicted to shed light on this issue.
I hope you all continue to pursue this to raise awareness and help the communities impacted.
Feedback from the Community:
Sajib 👏 a High School Student from Queens, New York City. Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School
The concept of this is amazing, and very creative. This is a very helpful and useful idea.
Jessye 👏 a Teacher from Tech Kids Unlimited
Knowledge is power! This project shows a great use of available data to raise public awareness about a critical issue in an accessible way. Your process is also beautifully and clearly documented!