Governor’s datathon to focus on opioid addiction crisis
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.