Prashant Singh

Prashant Singh

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  • Email: prashant@codeforamerica.org
  • Fellow
  • Detroit: Data Driven Detroit (D3) collects and analyzes many data sets in Detroit. They typically are somewhat closed off in regards to data, although they produce maps and other analyses for some nonprofits in the area. They are very excited about the different people coming together around Code for America, though, and they want to contribute to that energy. They have created an open data repository, to which they are contributing some of their own datasets. They have access to some propriety data, but they have started thinking creatively about opening the portions that they are legally able to share.
  • Detroit: The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) has useful information for riders, but it is often missing from the website or poorly called out on the site. We learned from a meeting with the web team that city employees can take a training course and earn edit permissions for their portion of the city website. One of our DDOT contacts advocates very actively for DDOT usability issues, so we mentioned the training. She immediately looked up the web group's phone number and called to sign up for the training session. We apparently made her day with that information.
  • Detroit: Detroit Venture Partners is interested in hosting and supporting hackathons in Detroit. From a conversation with the Social Media Manager at Ford, we knew that Ford wants to hold hackathons or similar events in Detroit (rather than in the suburbs). Ford and Detroit Venture Partners are going to meet to discuss partnerships for such an event.