Project Description:Representatives cannot represent their constituents without collecting constituent input. We must get citizens to participate in their political process, and to get them to do that we need to produce engaging metrics for them - such as identify their political ideology, their district ideology, how their representative's voting behavior aligns with their district.
Team Members:Nick Mastronardi, Tim Booher, Don Kahn, Mark Coyne, Lia Mastronardi, Dylan Cooper, Kyle Rivers, Adam Rosszay, Leo Blondel, Juan Mena, Betty, Kriz, Ari
Project Description: Our focus in on how campaign contributions change over time. We are looking at both long-term and near term changes. In particular we are building a pipeline for pulling down the latest FEC records on individual contributions, comparing the records to previous versions, highlighting the differences, and archiving the source FEC files. As Paul Jorgensen found, tracking revisions to records is crucial to maintaining the integrity of the data since in some cases the FEC has deleted millions of dollars worth of contributions. CampaignCon will help users to identify instances where revisions occur and how they impact campaigns. The team is also developing concepts for visualizing long-term changes in campaign finance.
email@example.comHow can we improve House annual ethics training of congressional staff? The team is looking at alternative to the current proprietary method. The new system would have a number of advantages: It would be open source, reducing cost; provide a more interactive experience; have better analytics; and would be designed to promote dialogue and discussion, unlike the current system.
Project Description: Creating a social platform for boycotts to lower the associated transaction costs. People can submit boycotts and invite people to participate. Additionally, the platform furthers the social aspect by crowdsourcing information such as boycott proposals and potential alternatives.
Team Members: Amy Zhang, Daniel Zhao, Joseph Schiavone, Richard He
Project Description: The team is developing a means to free data locked in pdf files so that it can be easily downloaded into an Excel file for analysis and comparison. The proposed mechanism has the potention not only to enable expanded data consideration of Community Development Authorities, the original research subject, but a whole range of bond issues on the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board website. Such analysis can better educate citizens, local government officials, and buyers of municipal bonds and shine a brighter light on the financial products created and sold by Wall Street.
Studies have shown that bankers often collude together to manipulate the the London Interbank Offered Rate(Libor). Since banks are not required to make their transaction prices public, the interbank offered rate is calculated by simply asking banks the rate they would borrow at - a system that is easily gamed. Our project goal is to develop a benchmark interest rate based on the closest available public data - bond transaction data. This will be a website where the public can view the benchmark interest rate for the current day.
firstname.lastname@example.orgFunding information for biomedical studies are often buried at the end of the article, and health care professionals are often unaware of this. Studies have shown that funded studies often are biased in their findings. This group makes a browser extension that will show funding information on PubMed studies up-front, when a someone is viewing an article.
Alex CTeam Members: Alexandra Horeanopoulos, Alisa Nguyen, Avery Dao, Alex Chen, Diana Nguyen, Marco Gentili, Steven Cooke
Project Description: An index was created by Jennifer Millerthat ranks the 20 largest pharma and biotech companies, as well all new medicines and vaccines, on critical ethics, public health, and human rights issues. The first pilot is complete. It ranks companies and medicines on their transparency in disclosing clinical trial information. Gathering the data for the pilot index was very time consuming, so the hackers are helping automate the process. To this end, they created a software to automate the most time consuming, important and tedious part of the ranking. So far it is looking good! We are also begining to think about how to visualize the rankings results.
Project Description: We have created a groundbreaking website and app that enables the public---for the first time ever--to search and explore donations from foreign governments and state-controlled entities to nonprofit think tanks. Often based in the beltway, think tanks are a key part of coordinated lobbying efforts and often have a tremendous impact on the pubic policy outcomes that impact our day to day lives. The website we've created is responsive, enabling lawmakers, journalists and others to use their mobile devices to quickly find out about conflicts of interest while they're at congressional hearings, press conferences and events, among other scenarios. We're working toward ensuring the website, www.thinktankdonors.org, also will include a repository of Truth in Testimony disclosures since Jan. 1, 2015, when the House passed a rule requiring those who testify before Congress to disclose whether or not they or the institution they represent have received money from foreign governments. The web app will enable users to search by country and/or think tank in order answer a conflict-of-interest question on the spot. It will also enable users to explore the data, sorting by amount or any other field. Lastly, this web app is scalable, as it will provide the infrastructure for releasing the next several rounds of think tank donor data.
Team members: John Muldoon, Soraya Okuda, Joe Uchill, Shawn Musgrave, with assistance from Dhrumil Mehta
email@example.comAcademic independence is hard to verify, as different schools have different standards for conflict of interest disclosures. The project goal is to provide scholars with a embed link, much like a Creative Common's seal that can be embedded in a site as a public's certification of independence.
An index was created by a Safra Fellowthat ranks the 20 largest pharma and biotech companies, as well all new medicines and vaccines, on critical ethics, public health, and human rights issues. The first pilot was completed before the hackathon; it ranks companies and new medicines on the degree to which clinical trial information is disclosed. Gathering the data for the pilot index was very time consuming, so the hackers are working to automate the process. To this end, they created a software to automate the most time consuming, important and tedious part of the ranking: scraping FDA pdfs for data. So far it is looking good! We are also beginning to visualize the data.
Hackers: Sisi Ni, Rhonda Phillips, David Mascarenas, Arjun Ramaswamy, Sandesh Iyer, Blake Parker