Syracuse reviews civic ideas for improving City snow removal

3 teams win City's "Plowing Through the Data" Hackathon

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - The City of Syracuse is hoping it has some help from the public in providing some better snow removal solutions.

It is one of the top priorities in the administration of new Mayor Ben Walsh.

Last month, the city's Innovation Team launched the civic hackathon "Plowing Through the Data".

36 teams entered the competition with 16 submitting solutions.

Wednesday, the top three projects were announced.

Third Place: Suchitra Deekshitula, Anish Nair, Ashmin Swain, Rahul Sarkhel, and Shikhar Agrawal from the iSchool at Syracuse University.

This group of iSchool graduate students crafted a project that looked into the analytics related to plowing - focusing on how much work the trucks were doing at different periods of time and attempted to build a route optimization algorithm for the trucks.

Second Place: Michael Phillips, a grad student in the College of Arts and Sciences at SU,  who developed a way for community members to easily search which streets have been plowed and at what time. Michael is a graduate student at Syracuse working on his MS in Computational Linguistics in the College of Arts & Sciences.

First Place: Dean Olin and Alex Sinfarosa, recent Cornell University graduates, offered a project allowing the City to see where roads have been plowed and the amount of time elapsed since they were last plowed.

Last month, the city's Innovation Team, with iSchool and AT&T  launched the civic hackathon "Plowing Through the Data".

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