Published on June 28, 2021


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This weekend, tech professionals from the City of Miami’s Department of Innovation and Technology joined faculty and students from the Miami Dade College (MDC) Business Innovation & Technology Center for a day-long datathon competition to sharpen local students’ tech and data science skills. Tech leaders from the Miami business community were also on hand to address participants at the Saturday event, which was held at the BIT Center on MDC’s Wolfson Campus in Downtown Miami and comes as Miami’s ongoing tech movement gains strong momentum.

“This was a great opportunity to engage our young, homegrown tech talent and give them a hands-on glimpse at how their studies can translate in the real world,” said Mike Sarasti, Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Miami. “Test driving the City’s new Developer Portal was an added bonus and we’re excited to expand its offerings and uses.”

For the datathon, MDC students were split into three-person teams that worked together to develop insights and solutions to real local challenges based on datasets provided by the City of Miami. The datasets are now also available to the public on the City’s new Developer Portal, which makes City of Miami data easily accessible to technologists, researchers, and app developers for their use in business and academic pursuits. The Developer Portal is currently in early stages of development and additional datasets and features are planned for the platform going forward.

“The MDC Datathon has been successful in training and engaging students from different disciplines in an analytics challenge,” said Chechu Lasheras, Director of the BIT Center. “These experiential learning activities are the best tools we can provide to empower and equip our students to reach their full potential. We saw how they used the right tools, skills, and strategy to drive advanced analytics forward.” 

Aside from producing viable solutions to local issues at this weekend’s event, participating MDC students were introduced to professional, real-world applications related to their academic pursuits. Saturday’s datathon attracted MDC students pursuing degrees  in several related disciplines, including information technology, computer science, mathematics/statistics and business.

To learn more about the City of Miami’s new Developer Portal, please click here. For more information on the Miami Dade College (MDC) Business Innovation & Technology Center, please click here.