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The City of New York and Citymart have launched the Student Data Call for Innovations (CFI) to find data scientists and enthusiasts that can help build new data models and predictive tools to accurately project future public school student population trends and changes in communities.

The Challenge

New York has seen unprecedented growth in recent years. Since 2010, the city grew 4.6% – the highest rate of growth since the 1920s. These trends make it incredibly important to have accurate data for city planning purposes – especially when it comes to accommodating a rapidly growing student population. More accurate student population predictions will significantly help the Department of Education efficiently plan for increased enrollment, so that all students have equal access to the resources they need.

The Opportunity

The City of New York is currently exploring how different data models can enable more granular and accurate student projections, using private or public data to detail the number of prospective students by grade and city block, with regularly updated projections at 1-year, 2-year and 5-year increments. The Call for Innovations (CFI) invites proposals in a tiered process, where applicants are first asked to provide an initial predictive model as well as give an overview of their approach.

Finalists will receive a $5,000 prize, and after a second submission period the most exemplary model will go on to win a $15,000 prize and the opportunity to meet with the NYC Department of Education leadership to discuss additional partnership opportunities.

The deadline for pre-registration for Round 1 is October 28, 2016. To find out more, please visit: