While Boston’s real-estate market is booming, one of the biggest threats to local businesses and community vitality remains urban blight or as the city of Boston calls it: “Problem Properties.” The hardest hit areas are found in Boston’s District 4 (Mattapan, Dorchester, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain areas) where many city-owned parcels, private lots, and business rentals / storefronts have been abandoned over the last 5 to 10 years. In this district alone, local businesses are experiencing a 25% revenue drop due to these vacant storefronts or derelict parcels. Seen as eyesores, public safety hazards, and crime magnets, abandoned houses and properties represent not only a real financial drain but contribute to fragmentation and community isolation.
Boston requires bold new solutions to fix these problem properties for local residents and businesses.
In February, we organised a half-day Hackathon to create the ideal school and the best learning environment for this ground breaking new school. We asked parents, students and teachers for this to develop real solutions like a "Dream Kantine", "a nice learning place" or "a fantastic after-school program”.
Start-ups, insights professionals and research technology specialists form teams to compete against each other in this 1-day pressure cooker. Start-ups pose a business and research challenge, accompanied by, relevant business data. ESOMAR’s research technology/agency partners then utilize research tools, relevant data or open data sources for onsite use to gather, analyse & interpret consumer feedback on the spot!
In November we invited hackers to improve the sustainability on dairy farms at the Bright Cow Hackathon 2017 event. 22,000 visitors at the Official Bright Day event watched 6 teams of hackers, software designers and data scientists compete to come up with smart solutions for the dairy chain. Using real data on Dutch cows, for example on their food intake, milk yield and location (GPS), the teams worked two days on ideas to make dairy farming more sustainable.