The Hack Austin event is a 48-hour event that brings data enthusiasts from a variety of backgrounds together to provide health and safety solutions, addressing goals for Austin’s 5-year strategic plan. Data were made available to the participant’s disposal. They spent the weekend using advanced statistical techniques and creative geospatial applications to identify causes and correlates of long fire response times. Danielle Fenimore, a Texas State University criminal justice doctoral student, created a map that showed past and projected response times and emergency call volume. This highlighted where emergency responders may start seeing increasing numbers over the next two years. The project was presented to city executives and selected as the winner of Safety Outcome teams.
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