Welcome to Virtual Spark 2020
Engaging Citizen 2.0 Data & Civic Engagement: COVID-19 and Beyond - Friday, July 24, 2020 - 1pm - 4:30pm

Thank you for joining us for the 2020 ARDA SPARK Virtual Conference!

The Alamo Regional Data Alliance is excited to bring you Spark 2020 Virtual Conference.  During this very challenging time we felt it would be in the greater interest to focus Spark on Civic Engagement as it relates to COVID-19 and beyond.  We have invited speakers that can talk to the efforts our region has done in wake of the pandemic.  Local experts will give live demos on new and exciting data sources and applications. Only through unity and awareness can we move in the direction of solutions for these challenging times.  We welcome engagement at our various virtual sessions.  Welcome to Spark 2020!

Spark 2020 Detailed Agenda

Meet and Greet Pre-Spark Opener!

Here you will have a chance to see who is online with you. Send chats to each other or the whole group! It's time to network!!      
  Answer this quick Survey and Let us know how you are doing and what you expect to get out of this virtual conference.  See the results in real time!   Alternatively, you can scan this QR code and open the survey on your mobile device.     Use your camera from your mobile device to scan the QR code.   Hosted by

Henrietta Munoz, San Antonio United Way

Welcome and Introductions

  • Who is ARDA
  • Steering Committee Introductions
  • Speak to the results of poll and who is in the room
  • Housekeeping: Orientation to Zoom,
    1. Mute yourself
    2. Use chat to ask questions
    3. How the breakouts will work

It's time to cast your ballot for the future of Spark!

The Irys COVID-19 Support Tool: Using technology to support citizens and communities in times of crisis.

Presented by Alberto Gomez, COO, Irys

Biography: 

Alberto Gomez is Co-founder and COO of Irys, a technology company that improves the lives of communities through the use of technology, Professor at the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, and Director of the Media, Society, Culture and Technology Research Group at the Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas. He is currently a Guest Scholar at the Urban Future Lab at UTSA. His work with the 311SA app for the City of San Antonio, Texas, has been recognized with a Smart 50 Award for “Community Engagement Innovation” in the public sector category. He is a contributor to the World Economic Forum.


Data, Transparency & CoVID-19 Response.

Presented by Emily Binet Royall, Smart City Coordinator at City of San Antonio
and
Golareh Agha, PHD , Chief of Informatic at San Antonio Metropolitan Health District

Biography: 

I work at the intersection of urban planning, data and technology to build inclusive futures for cities. As Smart City Coordinator for the City of San Antonio my job is to coordinate projects that use technology to deliver public services while keeping an eye on transparency, security, equity and accessibility for everyone. As founder and CEO of Ouvert Digital Equity Studio, I also work to build community participation on themes of technology and culture through educational workshops, participatory art, and digital publications. I received a B.S. Neuroscience and B.A. Plan II Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Masters in City Design & Development from MIT DUSP.

Biography: 

Dr. Agha graduated with a PhD in Epidemiology from Brown University, with research focused on social determinants and early-life risk factors for health and disease. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health, and continued on to Columbia University as an Associate Research Scientist. She now serves as Chief of Informatics for City of San Antonio’s Metro Health District, where she drives the mission of putting data and research into action via public health. Both her academic work and public health work focus on addressing social determinants of health and mitigating risk for chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Golareh has been intimately involved in all COVID-19 epidemiological investigation and data collection efforts since March, and is committed to bringing comprehensive, real-time COVID-19 data to the community in order to guide the collective response to COVID-19.








Census 2020: Data that Powers our Democracy

Presented by Paulina Cano McCutcheon, PhD, Research Coordinator III

Biography: Paulina Cano McCutcheon is a Research Coordinator III at CI:Now with experience in program management, data analysis and data processing. She joined CI:Now in 2019 after working in higher education and in the non-profit sector developing initiatives to improve the education outcomes of Hispanics in Texas. Paulina earned her Master in Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and her doctoral degree in Applied Demography at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research interests include social inequality, public policy, immigration and education and she brings expertise in data processing and R programming.

CI:Now is a local data intermediary that is working to democratize data and facilitate its use to create better policy and build stronger communities.

   




How the Breakout Rooms will work explained by Sebastian Schreiner

COVID: Perceived vs Actual

Cecilio Martinez, GIS Manger at Alamo Area MPO
Sara Mendiola, GIS Analyst at San Antonio River Authority
Session Description: Survey 123 demonstration and configuration, then conduct a survey to capture COVID-19 related perceptions in the region and compare to actual numbers. Show results in a Story Map and/or Insights and Tableau. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... . . .            
 

Tableau What?

Chrystal Alexander, Business Data Analyst at San Antonio Water System
Session Description: Desktop, Tableau Public, Tableau Server, Tableau Bridge… With the popularity of Tableau rapidly increasing, the different Tableau products can seem overwhelming. In this session, we will break down the different offerings provided by Tableau and provide a short demo of each. The longest demo will be Tableau Desktop where we will look at a couple of tricks that make Tableau awesome. By the end of the session, participants will have a great understanding of the various Tableau products and how each might serve their data needs. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... .
 

Google Data Studio and Google Colab:  Free and Easy Data Tools

Jamie Ford, Continuous Improvement Specialist at Northside ISD
Session Description: Google Data Studio and Google Colab are two free apps which allow for easy analysis and visualization of data.  Google Data Studio is a dashboard report builder, similar to Tableau, without the subscription costs but providing access control.  Google Colab is an easy-to-use Python environment tied to your Google Drive account which does not require Python to be installed and maintained on your local machine. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... .
 

Prescriptive Analytics for Decision-Making

Holly S. Lutze, Ph.D., Director, Data Analytics Program Texas Lutheran University
Session Description: Data can provide information about what will happen, but it can also provide information about how it could happen better. Prescriptive analytics, the final step in data analytics, recommends actions you should take to optimize the performance of your process, organization, or community. We will apply prescriptive analytics to civic sector problems in managing vehicle flow, locating job training centers, meeting community water needs, and placing election machines. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... .
 

Transforming Civic Engagement:

A conversation with today's leaders

This session will feature presentations from two organizations that are rethinking how to use data for social justice.
 
Rethinking Violence Prevention in Oakland, CA 
Rania Ahmed, Urban Strategies Council, https://urbanstrategies.org/
Rania Ahmed is an urban thinker who values utilizing data-driven mixed research methods to deliver initiatives that ensure the socio-economic well being of disfranchised communities. As the Lead Research Associate at Urban Strategies Council, Rania was the principal author of the report that informed the City of Oakland’s Department of Violence Prevention strategies on violence prevention. The Urban Institute awarded the project and report a 2020 research award. She holds an M.A. in Urban Affairs from the University of San Francisco. Rania is an alumnus of the Wellesley College’s Women in Public Service Project (WPSP), a Stanford University’s Women in Data Science (WiDS) Ambassador since 2018, and an alumnus of the 2020 Tableau Foundation Fellowship. Rania has over 20 years of experience, bringing compassion into utilizing data and research to develop policy recommendations for the public good.

MEASURE: Using Data for Disruptive Collaboration 
Paulette Blanc, MEASURE, https://www.measureaustin.org/
Paulette Blanc serves as MEASURE's Chief Research officer. In this role, she provides project management and oversight of the various ongoing initiatives, assists with research briefs and reports, creating training for police departments, and hosting community meetings. Paulette has a Master's in public health with a focus of behavioral health. She is also currently working as a healthcare policy analyst.   ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... .
Join the ARDA Steering Committee for an after Spark hangout social!

 

James (Jamie) Ford Chair

Continuous Improvement Specialist at Northside ISD

Ginger Walker - Vice Chair

Senior Manager Workforce Development Continuous Improvement at Goodwill Industries of San Antonio

Sarah Serpas

Senior Planner, City of San Antonio | PhD Student, Applied Demography, UTSA

Henrietta Munoz, PhD

Senior Vice President, Research and Implementation, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County

Sebastian Schreiner

Vice President, Planning and Evaluation United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County

Richard Milk

Director of Policy & Planning at San Antonio Housing Authority

Cecilio Martinez

GIS Manager, Alamo Area MPO

Santiago Jaramillo

Senior Service Planner

Chrystal Alexander

Business Data Analyst at San Antonio Water System

Sara Mendiola

Senior GIS Analyst at San Antonio River Authority

Emily Binet Royall

Smart City Coordinator at City of San Antonio

Renee Lewis

Coordinator, Research and Evaluation at San Antonio ISD

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