Top 15 Submissions

The weekend of February 20th - 22nd was long for the 1300 CODE participants spread out across Canada who were working hard in hopes of achieving open data glory. The persistent, caffeine-fuelled hunching over computers has led to this very moment: the announcement of the CODE 2015 Top 15 Teams.

125 apps were submitted and tested thoroughly by the CODE advisory team before selecting the Top 15 Teams that will get the chance to present their app at the CODE Pitch Day downtown Toronto on March 16th, 2015. We present below the top 5 teams from each category.

Business Opportunities

Opportunities are opening up for businesses to grow and for consumers to benefit from due to: changing markets; increased demand for digital and mobile services; rapidly shifting demographics.

Farm Canada
A one-stop-shop for Canadian farmers to access historical data from the government and the latest commodity prices that matter to them. A place farmers can connect to share information, ideas, and transactions.

Adam MichaleskiSteven Michaleski, D.M.S.

A web-based interface matching trending topics in the news with data visualizations generated by contextual data sourced from the government. The purpose of the interface is to help readers/users to make new connections in their understanding and gain deeper insights on trending news topics. The website shows news feeds from national news sources (eg: The Globe and Mail), and a chart of common terms from current articles trending in that day. Terms can be selected to filter articles. Clicking on an article displays that article’s content, along with relevant data from a variety of government open data sources. The IBM Watson Relationship Extraction service was meant to be used to determine entities and relationships. However, the service was unavailable for most of the competition weekend.

King HuangStephanie StobartEzequiel Perdomo

The power of open data meets conference planning

Andrew FontaineJacob ViauJames FinlayRanek Kiil

Research.ME is a tool based on OpenSource that allows searching for academics based on keywords and geolocations. It maps how much money is awarded by institutions over a fiscal year and allows searching for information with keywords. The goal is to allow company to find young experts easily and to promote academics who might just be entering the job market. The application builds on OpenData provided by the “Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council” and the “Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council”.

Frédéric MorinChristian BélandJean-Sébastien Thivierge

wanderfull is a web app to help you step outside your daily travel patterns and discover new places and activities that enrich your wellbeing. Notes: The application has been populated with data for the City of Toronto only. However, the application is readily scalable and can be loaded with data from other regions. For testing and evaluation if the user is located outside of Toronto, the following alternate URL maybe used to specify origin and destination locations rather that auto-detecting origin:

Francis JeansonJean-Christophe PilapratMarcus WilliamsRudy Desjardins

Youth Employment

Every young Canadian has the potential to contribute positively and productively to their neighbourhood, their community, and Canada as a whole; however, young Canadians are facing significant challenges such as the 12.6% youth unemployment rate and rising tuition costs averaging at $5,959 per year.

Are Canadian youth aware of the career opportunities that will come up in the future? "Yes You Can" presents new and exciting careers which will be in demand, the average salary levels and job growth. More importantly, it analyses grants data available from SSHRC and NSERC to pursue studies related to these careers. The App is useful to Students, Parents and Teachers to make a match between opportunities of tomorrow, interests of youths and available grants. Some of the opportunities of tomorrow include Space and Robotics, Green and Renewables, Coding and Gaming, and Health Care.

Vikas NathRati Mehrotra

Canada Careers Finder is a tool intended to help young people to build their future in helping them choose the right career. People can find plenty of information about many careers available to perform in Canada. They can have information about the salary (average income annually), the stability (based on projections in a few years), the education (the average diploma degree needed) and have a full description of what the job is going to be. There is also a career finder tool available to use. The tool will ask a series of questions to the user and will then try to find the best careers matches for him or her. Want to know more about the project? Take a look here!

Alexandre Mathon Roy

SFU Data Crunchers
With rising youth unemployment rates and tuition costs in Canada, young people need a way to make an informed decision about post-secondary education. Not only is it important to be able to compare academic fees, but cost of living must also be factored in. Our app allows users to view the average rent and tuition based on institution and program of study at a glance. An overview at the top lets potential students narrow things down by province or city. Alternatively, one can start out limiting the search by desired fields. Sliders at the bottom can be used to filter the results by monetary ranges. No other tools empowers members of the next generation to guide their future paths based on interests, geographic constraints and financial factors in a multifaceted manner.

Jonathan BhaskarJasneet SabharwalMaryam SiahbaniBradley Ellert

Blazer uses dating mechanics like the popular app Tinder to help youth find jobs. How does it work? Candidates create their profile containing their skills, education, experience, and location. Job summaries that fall within the user’s filters are displayed on flash cards for quick assessment. The flash cards contain the job posting’s summary including the salary range. Blazer displays the average salary of a similar position in the same province using the Labour force survey estimates (LFS) to help candidates contrast the offer. Swiping right indicates that the candidate is interested in further discussing the position with the employer. Swiping left indicates that they are not interested. Employers swipe through interested candidates in a similar fashion. If a match is found, the candidate and employers can begin to discuss the position further where both parties can ask specific questions prior to an interview. Demo Account User: Demo Password: blazerdemo Instructions Log in to the Blazer app with the provided demo account and browse available job opportunities. There are 4 sample employers that have been created. If the demo says there are no search results, use the reset link at the bottom of the "no search results" page to restart the demo. Limitations: -Employer and Candidate Registration doesn't work. Use the demo account provided. -Result filtering based on GPS and Skills when browsing jobs to be completed -Match notifications -and much more

Majd HussiniEric Noel

Niew Labs
Our application is aimed at helping Canadian youth discover, research and choose future career paths. It allows them to search by various professions and view visualizations of projected employment statistics and job prospects for the chosen field, based on data from Employment and Social Development Canada. It also ties these job titles to actual opportunities that are updated real-time by GlassDoor. Our app makes it easy for youths to quickly explore and search across 40,000 job titles and their demands over the next decade. More importantly, these job titles are tied to actual opportunities that are updated real-time by GlassDoor. Another important feature is that the app lists the number of current postings per occupation, which will help young people make decisions about their future careers. Through our app, they can discover what kind of education, skills, and requirements they need to pursue their future careers. These are some of the features we plan to implement after the contest: 1) Provide further breakdown of current tools and skill set trends for each profession. E.g. "ruby" and "html5" for the "Software Engineer" occupation. 2) List influencers and thought leaders in each profession as role models for youth. E.g. Neil Degrasse Tyson in astrophysics. 3) Quizzes to help high school students pick their career path based on their skills and interests. 4) Assist youth job seekers by providing job postings based on geography and expected income. In addition to Open Data sets we used following data resources: After the contest, we plan to use these data sets to further improve the app:

Jigdel KuyeeDaniil ShevelevLev PerelmanRob McDiarmid

Healthy Living

Canadians have always taken pride in a high standard of life, whether it is: the clean environment, access to healthcare, quality of education, or the safety and security of Canadian cities and communities.

Exacto Systems
University graduates experience the highest employment growth of any educational attainment group over the last decade. However, the high cost of university education puts most students in significant debt. Prophesy uses Open Data to predict and assess young Canadians' financial health in the early stages of their careers. This allows young Canadians and their parents to gain insights into their future and plan ahead. We estimate cost of going to university by analyzing historical trends on rent, tuition and consumer price index across over 160 cities in the country. We also make personalized recommendations around loans and predict early career income based on field of study. Prophesy compares results to national averages and delivers the appropriate recommendations. Ultimately, Prophesy promotes early planning for education and employment to enhance the global competitiveness of our nation. Prophesy is a responsive web application. While the majority of testing was done in Chrome on the desktop, the application also renders nicely on tablets and smart phones. The data used is within the services files in app/scripts/services

Alfred Yang
Richmond Hill

Neighbourfood empowers Canadians to make healthy food choices as part of a healthy lifestyle, while encouraging them to engage with their local community. Based on Health Canada's guidelines for a healthy diet, we calculate and provide a health score for food options in the user's vicinity. This health index condenses nutritional information on macronutrient balance, caloric value, and more, into an easily comprehensible rating to better inform the user's decision on what to eat. In addition to the federal nutritional info open dataset, information has been drawn from non-governmental*, municipal, provincial, and additional federal datasets not available through the Open Data portal. Neighbourfood uses local information to provide a context for choosing food to support a healthy lifestyle. Beyond just chain restaurants, users can explore the options available from community food trees and gardens, local food vendors, and nearby supermarkets. *Some nutritional details may be missing from non-governmental data sources, and will appear as blank values in the table.

Amelia HardjasaFergus KungIvan ZverevNeil Gentleman

BeeHappy combines user input, a selection of government datasets, and Google Maps data to create a "happiness rating" that is based on a subset of the Gross National Happiness measure of social success. Gross National Happiness is considered a more "people oriented" measure of social well-being than the measures we normally use, such as GDP. We believe that governments, communities, and organizations can use GNH to get a clearer and more practical understanding of what matters to average Canadians, which can lead to better policy decisions. The app is a proof of concept and presents only a subset of information. If you'd like to see a more full-fledged application, please vote for us, and we'll make it happen!

Ken YongAnna MoorhouseJames Filippelli

Ecotrust Canada
It's dangerous to go alone! Take this health and hazard data and protect yourself against risks, both real and imagined. HypochondriApp shows the frequency of various health risks in regions across Canada, and compares it to what Canadians are actually saying on Twitter. Is a topic getting more airtime than the actual risk would suggest? Or are we overlooking the things that have a higher chance of affecting us? Don your tinfoil hat and take a cheeky look at the scary things that lurk outside your door...

Clark Van OyenAndrea RobertsonCharles Fritzjim mcdiarmid

My Canadian Lifestyle provides users with a personalized answer about which Canadian city best suites their lifestyle, in order to provide the user with a rounded quality of life. The app takes the user's preferences and utilizes open data in order to generate a best result for each individual. We believe that a healthy lifestyle is attained both mentally and physically. Therefore, your surrounding environment plays a crucial role in determining your quality of life.

John VidalMariana D'OrnellasJohnny JiElle Kasai

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