Saint Mary’s takes Provincial Open Data Challenge top prize for the second year in a row

 Saint Mary's "Bridge to NS" top prize winning team with Internal Services Minister Patricia Arab. 

Saint Mary's "Bridge to NS" top prize winning team with Internal Services Minister Patricia Arab. 

For the second year in a row, a group of Saint Mary’s University students have won the top prize at Nova Scotia’s Provincial Open Data Challenge.

Congratulations to MSc in Computing & Data Analytics (MScCDA) students Daniel Arantes, Rodolfo Garcia, Mohannad Hameed, Jennifer LaPlante and Duane Malone. The team’s winning innovation was using the available immigration and population data to build an app helping immigrants to Nova Scotia find communities and networks based on their interests.

Seventeen teams spent the weekend building apps, models and other innovations as part of the province's second annual open data contest at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Internal Services Minister Patricia Arab congratulated the teams for using data from Nova Scotia's open data portal to create opportunities or tackle problems in new and interesting ways.

"Data in the hands of curious and creative people spurs innovation - and that benefits everyone," said Ms. Arab. "The teams went above and beyond when we asked them to show us what was possible. I am impressed by the products and solutions created using open data."

For more information on the competition and the Nova Scotia Government's Open Data Portal, click here.