Code for Durham: Data Science in Durham County EMS

Organizer: Triangle Code for America
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Tonight's speaker: David McNulty

Data Utilization and Visualization Within Durham County EMS:
What Celebrity Chef David Chang Can Teach Us About Data

What does data within government have to do with the culinary world? Well, a lot. From feedback loops to continuous improvement cycles, there are many parallels. Within the culinary world, Chef David Chang is widely renowned with numerous restaurants, a Netflix documentary show, and a podcast. Although he is known for innovation in the culinary world, he has said that there is a “roadblock of orthodoxy that stands between progressive ideas and putting those ideas into progress.”

In our talk, we will look at how Durham County EMS has taken small nudges toward innovation through the use of existing data and how we have used that data to move toward predictive analytics to understand where we are going, not just where we have been. Finally, we will discuss how to identify current data sources that may be underutilized, how to use PowerBI as a low-cost data management solution, and how data visualization can create buy-in and drive change.

Tonight's Agenda:

• 5:30 pm: Mingle and get pizza
• 5:45 pm: Guest Speaker + Q&A
• 6:15 pm: Announcements + project updates
• 6:30 pm: Break into groups + work on projects

Code for Durham is a bi-weekly project night for technologists, designers, developers, data scientists, map makers, and activists who are working on "civic technology" projects. Consider this to be a study hall or office hours to improve the city. Bring your laptop, ideas, projects, maps, data, and questions. Pizza will be provided!

This night is for those who want to:
• get work done on civic projects;
• start a new project, or find one to join;
• get feedback from technical, government, or community experts; and/or
• learn about tools for local empowerment, open data, and smart and open government.

For first timers trying to get the most out of the night, you should be sure to bring your laptop. Prior to the Meetup, you can explore to get familiar with local resources and where you might want to plug in. You could also watch Civic Hacking 101 ( or get inspired by some of the Code for America 2015 Summit videos (

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Have fun! Do good!


Poster: triangletech