Gover­nor’s datathon to fo­cus on opi­oid ad­dic­tion cri­sis

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RICHMOND — Gover­nor Terry McAuliffe an­nounced on Thurs­day that the 2017 Gover­nor’s Datathon will fo­cus on ad­dress­ing the opi­oid ad­dic­tion cri­sis in Vir­ginia.

The teams in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion will be com­posed of in­di­vid­u­als from lo­cal and state govern­ment, higher ed­u­ca­tion, pri­vate in­dus­try, and non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions. They will use non-sen­si­tive, non-iden­ti­fi­able data from health, pub­lic safety and other agen­cies across fed­eral, state and lo­cal govern­ment.

“Drug overdose is the lead­ing cause of ac­ci­den­tal death in Vir­ginia, out­pac­ing deaths from gun vi­o­lence and mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents. This epi­demic af­fects fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties across the Com­mon­wealth and we must ap­proach this cri­sis from ev­ery an­gle,” said McAuliffe. “Our re­sponse to ad­dress preven­tion, treat­ment, and law en­force­ment in­ter­ven­tion needs to be data-driven and tai­lored to the spe­cific needs of in­di­vid­ual com­mu­ni­ties. Col­lab­o­ra­tive re­sponses and strate­gies in­volv­ing both pub­lic safety and pub­lic health are im­per­a­tive to end­ing this cri­sis in Vir­ginia, so I am pleased that we can chan­nel the ex­per­tise of the bril­liant peo­ple who par­tic­i­pate in the Datathon to ad­dress this crit­i­cal is­sue.”

In­terns from Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity and Ge­orge Ma­son Uni­ver­sity, work­ing with the Gover­nor’s Data In­tern­ship Pro­gram are cur­rently iden­ti­fy­ing datasets to be used by the teams. Fol­low­ing this data dis­cov­ery, 15 teams will spend two days work­ing on so­lu­tion de­vel­op­ment.

Team pre­sen­ta­tions are sched­uled for Sept.29, at 3:15 PM. Awards will be pre­sented to the top three teams. This event, held at the Li­brary of Vir­ginia, is open to the pub­lic.

To reg­is­ter a team or for more in­for­ma­tion go to http://data.vir­ginia.gov/ datathon-2017.

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