Hacktivate Mesa!

Event Topics

  • Having fun in my community
  • Recycling in my community
  • Sustainability in my community
  • Safety and health in my community
  • Homelessness in my community
  • Opioid epidemic in my community

Having fun in my community

Downtown Mesa is a fun place to be! In or near downtown you can catch a Cubs or A’s game during Spring Training Baseball, watch a concert at the Mesa Amphitheater or Mesa Arts Center, climb to new heights at Riverview and Pioneer Park, cool off at the Mesa High lazy river, grab a bite to eat, and so much more.
Many people aren’t aware of all the exciting and entertaining experiences downtown Mesa has to offer, plus there’s opportunities to add more great things to do.  In that spirit, using the data sets provided as well as any others you have access to, we challenge your team to tell us how we can have more fun in downtown Mesa.
Datasets
https://data.mesaaz.gov/Recreation-Culture/Ticket-Sales-Ice-Rink-at-City-Plaza/bca4-y9b7 - Individual ticket sales by time, day, type for 2017 only

Recycling in my community

The City provides trash and recycling services to residents and businesses.  Trash is sent to a landfill and materials that can be recycled are processed and sold for re-use.  The City’s ability to maintain a recycling program is affected by the amount of contamination mixed with the recycled material.  Recently, businesses will only buy recyclable material from the City if little to no contamination is mixed with the recyclable material.  Additionally, it often costs less for manufacturers to use raw material than to pay to process and use recyclable material.   What are the issues?  What is the impact on people when material is not recycled?  What is the impact on the environment?  What is the impact on profit and prosperity if material is not recycled? 
Datasets
• Amount of recycle material collected
• Amount of contamination
• Number of residential customers
• Number of commercial customers
• Cost to land fill
• Cost of raw material to produce these products – glass, cardboard, paper, aluminum cans,

Sustainability in my community

Sustainability is balancing the needs of the people, planet, and prosperity. “People” refers to equity for everyone, “Planet” refers to environmental impact, and “Prosperity” refers to economics. Rapid population growth puts pressure on city services such as:
• supplying water and trash service;
• providing fire and police protection; and
• providing educational resources and recreational amenities. 
• transportation infrastructure
• traffic congestion and accidents
Growth patterns also impact sustainability.  For example, air quality – walk able communities produce few emissions of greenhouse gases than auto-oriented communities.  Using the data available, identify patterns and trends and how to improve Mesa’s sustainability efforts – balancing People, Planet and Prosperity. What are the issues? And how can Mesa encourage the design and implementation of a sustainable community?" 
Datasets
Public Safety & Hospitals Map - https://gis.mesaaz.gov/addresssearch/
Map of Existing Fire Stations - https://www.mesaaz.gov/home/showdocument?id=5978

Safety and Health in my community

We seek for a community where residents are healthy and feel safe and welcome. Factors that contribute to a feeling of safety, health and welcoming include crime, accident prevention, a wide variety of proactive and reactive healthcare programs and options and accepting of diversity. Using the available data, what are the patterns or trends that your team identified? What are some recommendations your team has for improving the feeling of safety and health in the community?
Datasets

Homelessness in my community

Individuals and families experiencing homelessness is a challenge faced by cities across the country and Mesa is no exception.  Many factors likely contribute to homelessness including insufficient income, increasing housing costs, mental health issues and family struggles just to name a few. 
Organizations like the Center for Evidence-based Solutions to Homelessness and others have shown there are proven methods that can help prevent and end homelessness.  We are fortunate in Mesa to have many great social service agencies and a generous community ready and willing to help.  Using the data available, can your team discover local trends or patterns in homelessness?  What are some potential solutions that uplift our community and benefit those experiencing homelessness?
Datasets


Opioid epidemic in my community 

Every day more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. Additional misuse and addiction to opioids across our communities have far flung negative social and economic impacts. Opioid addiction and abuse is a serious national crisis and Mesa Police and Fire personnel are on the front lines, responding to opioid related incidents every day.
Understanding where, how, and the frequency of opioid abuse can be a good start to addressing the crisis and impacting positive change.  Using the available datasets and others at your disposal, describe the opioid epidemic in Mesa and some potential solutions to the problem
Datasets