Open Challenges

Join our community to solve mobility challenges

Our Open Challenges help kickstart ideas on how open data can be used to solve mobility problems. In this new, data-rich environment, Columbus, its residents, businesses, non-profits and visitors will be increasingly able to share, use and leverage previously unavailable or hard-to-find datasets to address complex problems, inspire innovation and improve quality of life in our community.

What could you build with the data featured in these open challenges? Could an app, map, dashboard or visualization fusing suggested datasets help inspire action, tell a story, inform a decision or help transform the mobility ecosystem of our smart

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SCOS DataStory StarCircle Blue DEVELOPERS NEEDED TO FILL AN "APP GAP"

We all praise the GPS apps that help us get around, but there is no current resource that tells drivers if the vehicle they’re operating is too tall for the upcoming bridge. As a truck, bus driver or fleet operator, this is pertinent information that is currently lacking while navigating our streets.

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SCOS DataStory StarCircle Blue CRASH DATA PUTS CITY IN THE KNOW FOR IMPROVED TRAFFIC SAFETY

In 2017, there were 1,094 fatal traffic crashes resulting in 1,179 traffic fatalities on Ohio roadways. We believe that data and technology can help reduce this number in the future. Today, professionals responsible for managing and improving the safety of our transportation system must often rely on dispersed and sometimes outdated or incomplete traffic information.

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SCOS DataStory StarCircle Blue TRACKING LOCAL FOOD SUPPLIES FOR HUNGRY FAMILIES

Each year, children, seniors and adults in Franklin County go hungry for about 70 million meals. Neighbors in our community struggle to access healthy food for a number of reasons, including lack of financial means as well as lack of access to transportation that can get them to food that meets their health or cultural needs.

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SCOS DataStory StarCircle Blue DATA PAVES THE WAY TO HELP OLDER ADULTS GET AROUND

Central Ohio's 65+ population is expected to double in the next 35 years – and the Baby Boomer generation is hardly slowing down. But as they age, many older adults may lack the ability or desire to drive and own a car. In a region characterized by suburban sprawl that also contains transit deserts, there's risk that many older adults could become socially isolated or cut off from critical services.