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Sitegeist Health

To create a prototype version of Sitegeist Health, an application to present health data in a localized, accessible format.

Transit Authority

To create a game-like simulation app that allows users to model transit and land-use programs.

Camden Health Explorer

To develop Camden Health Explorer, a dashboard that combines individual and aggregate health information to help policymakers and stakeholders understand and act on local health data

Crisis Text Line

To scale Crisis Text Line, a service providing crisis counseling to teens via SMS, by launching nationwide and aggregating anonymized data to increase understanding of teen crisis across the country.

Homebrew Sensing Project

To build Homebrew Sensing Project, a set of low-cost hardware and free software tools community members can use to measure local health data, such as air and water quality.

Ohana API

To extend and publicly launch Ohana API, a tool for organizing and publishing databases of social services available in a particular community.

Open Humans Network

To design and launch Open Humans Network, an online system that helps match people willing to share their health data with researchers who would benefit from access to more information, all with a focus on exploring new standards for open health data.

Positive Deviance Journalism

To build a curriculum on positive deviance journalism for reporters and editors, and provide mentors to newsrooms helping them develop editorial strategies that look for positive trends in health data.


To scale SafeUseNow, a technology and training product that helps doctors identify and reduce prescription drug abuse; the team will provide the service for free to a nonprofit healthcare provider in California.


To build a prototype of a news aggregation application, Argos (formerly Seer), which intelligently gathers the context of new stories and present news backgrounders in a concise, digestible form.

Civic Cloud

To create a prototype rollout and governance model for the Civic Cloud Project, a cloud computing infrastructure utilizing Burlington, Vermont's public gigabit network for non-commercial Internet applications.

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