Authorea's NYC Foster Care Data Challenge

New York City's foster care system has been working steadily to reduce the astounding influx of 50,000 children who were placed under its care in the early 1990's. Currently, there are 11,000 children in New York City who need loving, dedicated foster parents to care for them. Yet, while they wait, they are living in shelters and hospitals because not enough qualified people are able to foster them in their homes.

Advances in technology have radically changed nearly every aspect of our lives, and yet, the foster care system is stuck in the dark ages. As an extension of the White House's Foster Care Hackathon, Authorea along with Data Challenge sponsor, Paxata, are looking for data science enthusiasts, designers, entrepreneurs, students, marketers, digital solutions architects, and product managers to help. The goal is to design a digital solution that would help identify and on-board potential foster families in New York City. Families who can dedicate their time to helping a child in need, by providing a safe and secure home and the support the child needs to reach their full potential.

The intention of this interdisciplinary & experiential open-ended event is to utilize scientific data, design and digital solutions in useful and positive ways.

$5,000 is available in prize money.

Click here for more challenge details.

Email to RSVP for the challenge information session on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017.

Hackathon Sponsors


$30,000 in prizes

Cash prize, Authorea accounts, mentorship hours (6)

The 1st place winning team will be awarded $2,500, total of 15 hours of mentorship with judges of their choice, and free premium Authorea accounts for one year.

The 2nd place team will be awarded $1,500, total of 10 hours of mentorship with judges of their choice, and free premium Authorea accounts for one year.

The 3rd place team will be awarded $500, total of 5 hours of mentorship with judges of their choice, and free premium Authorea accounts for one year.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Participants: Individuals (over 18 years of age).


Country: United States 


Submitting projects  Using Authorea, write a 500-1000 word essay that explains how your team approached the challenge and summarize your analysis and methods used. Once you are ready to submit your challenge, add "Data Challenge" as a collaborator to your document. See how to add a collaborator here (link). 

How to enter

Click here for more challenge details.


Daniel Krasner

Daniel Krasner
Founder & CEO @ Merriam Tech, Director at Paul Hastings

Haile Owusu

Haile Owusu
Chief Data Scientist @ Mashable

Dr. Sylvia Rowlands

Dr. Sylvia Rowlands
Senior Vice President, Evidence-based Programs @ The New York Foundling

Lela Prashad

Lela Prashad
Chief Data Scientist & Co-Founder @

Randy Carnevale

Randy Carnevale
Director of Decision Science @ Commonwealth Bank

Conrad Mulcahy

Conrad Mulcahy
Founder @ Wayfinder Solutions

Judging Criteria

  • Guidelines
    All levels of participants are encouraged to participate as the judges will be looking for creativity and real application of the model.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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