Community Mapping Public Health Hackathon: Storytelling with Government Data

The Public Health Hackathon on March 18th was held at the Nashville Software School March 18, 2017.

Approximately 35 people participated in the event.  Participants included students from Meharry Medical College Public Health Department, Vanderbilt University and Nashville Software School. Participants also included individuals  from neighborhood organizations and IT professionals in the area.

Dr. James Hildreth, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Meharry Medical College, came and shared the importance of data driven research in health care.

Through using publicly available data and Mappler tools, each team successfully created a community participatory interactive mapping app.

These were the topics discussed:

  • Food Deserts and Food Insecurity
  • Immigrant Parent Support System
  • Gender Neutral Bathrooms
  • Suicide Prevention Support
  • Bike Safety Assessment
  • Park Facility Availability
  • Election Polling Station Locations

Detail information about the hackathon is listed at

*** National Community Mapping Institute at Meharry, Code for Nashville, and Metro ITS hosted the event.