Data Services Accelerator
Accelerating early stage data-centric and civic technology
projects by democratizing big data analytical capabilities
The Data Services Accelerator was born out of the National Day of Civic Hacking, a national initiative in the United States with the objective of engaging government and society to create technology solutions that help communities through the use of open federal data. The Data Services Accelerator is an innovation pipeline that has sourced the highest-potential solutions created in civic hacking communities, as well as data-centric startup communities, and is supporting them to scale into self-sustaining businesses and full-fledged projects. Six teams have been selected and receive mentorship, guidance, and access to advanced data analytics to support them in realizing the impact they can have in the world.
All teams participate in mentorship summits to exchange ideas and receive specialized attention from experts invited by Intel Labs and SecondMuse. These experts range from directors of innovation at Fortune 500 companies, to specialized UX designers, to seasoned startup experts. At the core of these summits are “impact rotations” in which each expert develops personalized action plans with the teams, identifies how their networks can support the team's growth, and helps plot a trajectory towards success.
Intel Labs and SecondMuse created the Data Services Accelerator to support and accelerate early-stage projects—many of them emerging from civic hacking initiatives—and foster their engagement with both open and personal data and create new value for end-users. The teams are receiving regular support over six months that complements the focused attention from the mentorship summits. Each team takes an individual path through the accelerator, given their specific needs and objectives.
Advanced Data Analytics
Intel Labs collaborating with ColdLight to quickly and nimbly enable developers without data science expertise access data analytics that could allow new insight to be discovered from combinations of data sets. This is done through a newly created platform called Neuron*. Neuron uses machine intelligence technology to provide automated analysis, predictive analytics, and massively scalable simulation capabilities to projects and startups that wouldn't have access to those capabilities in the past without utilizing resources hardly available to the masses.
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Connecting first responders and residents to vital resources in the event of a natural disaster through data-based coordination of disaster recovery services, programs, etc.
Uncovering patterns in language that explain behavior, combined with other data such as physical activity, driving patterns, nutrition, etc., to help people to evaluate outcomes, make better decisions, and improve well-being.
Helping people get from point A to point B more quickly without a car by drawing upon real-time data from public and private transit systems, bike/car sharing services, etc., and applying predictive analytics to account for likely delays.
Providing strategies and mentors to help a person advance their career by combining data such as academic performance, personality, crowdsourced career paths, and the local job landscape.
Public Good Software
Creating data-driven civil service profiles to strengthen ties between people and public service organizations, help people connect with causes and communities, measure their impact, and make the most of their time and money.
Helping people connect to social services using data from service providers and individual users to identify needs, make recommendations, and centralize services on a single platform.
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Gold Mine of Insight
"There is a gold mine of insight and wisdom that lies within all our digital information, but we have only begun to understand its potential when put in the hands of citizens to unleash new, unexpected, and serendipitous opportunities."
Dr. Genevieve Bell, Intel Labs Director