Big Data is about solving problems by bringing technology, data and people together. Sure, we can identify ways to get customers to buy more stuff or click on more ads, but the ultimate value of Big Data is in its ability to make this world a better place for all. IBM and Hadoop recently launched the Big Data for Social Good Challenge for developers, hackers and data enthusiasts to take a deep dive into real world civic issues.
Individuals and organizations are eligible to participate in the challenge. Participants, using publicly available data sets (IBM's curated data sets or others - here are the data set requirements), can win up to $20,000. Participants must create a working, clickable, and interactive data visualization utilizing the Analytics for Hadoop service on IBM Bluemix. The official rules page is here.
Go to the Big Data for Social Good Challenge page to learn more about how to enter the challenge and how the challenge will be judged (full disclosure: I'm a judge). Also, check out your competition below.