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Nov. 6, 2017 12:59 pm

This site tracks the most dangerous roads in Pennsylvania

KnowPA won the Code4PA hackathon with its public safety and awareness portal, which also maps info on air quality, water quality and communicable diseases across the Commonwealth.

The red dots denote a fatality-risk hotspot.

(Courtesy image)

After a monthlong effort to turn Pennsylvania’s public data sets into user-friendly digital tools, technologists at the Code4PA hackathon whipped together 20 working projects.

On Nov. 4, the event’s final judging session happened simultaneously, via video conference — at Harrisburg University’s Philly and Harrisburg campuses. The winning site, KnowPA, uses public data sets on traffic accidents and weather forecasts to produce seven-day predictions of fatality risks in the state’s roads. It also mapped out data on water quality, air quality, contagious diseases and job training. The goal, per the site’s description, is to give citizens insight into risky intersections while helping state agencies inform their actions.

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The project was developed by Harrisburg-based employees of TE Connectivity, at Internet-of-Things company headquartered in New Jersey. Muthu Sabarethinam, Arun Thirunavukkarasu, Kathir Ramalingam, Reshma Keerthi, Vijay Kumar Ravi, Vivek Lakhani and Yao Yu worked with data sets born of the state’s open data push.

Philly was also repped in the winning circle: a team with three employees from Center City–based Benefits Data Trust received the specialty award for best use of data sets/API for their DataDetective tool, which aims to “integrate all the economic, education, and health related data sets available” on the state’s open data portal.

“So proud of us for all our hard work and winning something on our first hackathon together,” tweeted Benefits Data Trust data scientist Geoffrey Kip. “To many more.”

“With Code4PA, we want to create a more collaborative and empowering form of citizen participation in government,” Secretary of Administration Sharon Minnich said in a press release. “It provides a forum for people to collaborate and be directly involved in addressing challenges that are important to them.”

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Roberto Torres

Roberto Torres became Technical.ly Lead Philly Reporter in May 2016. Prior, he was a freelance contributor to Technical.ly and Al Dia News. The native Venezuelan moved to Philadelphia in 2015 after reporting on research at his alma mater, the University of Zulia. Whenever he's not fencing deadlines, he can be found standing in line at Overbrook Pizza in West Philly, running Netflix/Hulu marathons with his wife or reading news from Venezuela.

  • ZeroVisionPhila

    There is no doubt that almost all pedestrians and cyclists deaths are caused by lack of pedestrian and cyclists responsibility! And most deadly car crashes are caused by liquid courage and chemical powers. Add Distraction deadly engineering and Bad Weather!

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