During the 2016 Civic Innovation Fellowship Jacob hard-coded an A.I. algorithm, using advanced analytics, that optimized restaurant health inspections. He donated his code to Etalab, which has since been integrated into the health inspection process.
About the fellow Works on risk prediction for financial data as a PhD researcher at Telecom ParisTech where he has been performing data exploration and analysis, data preprocessing, feature selection and reviewing state of the art algorithms
Academic background: Bachelor's degree from Puebla Institute of Technology. Intern at the Centre for Intelligent Machines in McGill University. Research assistant at the National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics. Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, as fellow of the Monbukagakusho Scholarship (Embassy Recommendation) offered by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Currently performing a PhD in Computer Science at Université Paris-Saclay
Industry background: Worked as Lead Engineer at General Electric Aviation Systems developing on-board software for Aircraft and Engine's Prognostics; collaborating in the development of GE’s Brilliant Machines, which are part of the Industrial Internet and GE’s approach to Industrial Big Data
During the Civic Innovation Fellowship Bushra worked on making Tiny Houses into Tiny Homes to better integrate refugees in urban areas.
About the fellow As a first generation Afghan-Canadian, she recently used her unique insights into the experiences of refugees to develop a cost-effective refugee housing and integration strategy for the city of Toronto, using repurposed shipping containers
Researched and provided snapshots of the compliance of G20 countries, specifically Brazil and Turkey, to their annual summit commitments as a Compliance Analyst for the G20 Research Group
Holds a master’s degree in Global Affairs (University of Toronto) and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy (McGill University)
During the Civic Innovation Fellowship Peter helped the Cour des Comptes publicize their records by creating A.I. algorithms that anonymize sensitive information. He donated his code to Etalab, which has since been adopted and distributed.
About the fellow Worked as a data scientist in both France and China at PSA Peugot Citroën’s R&D Lab, Capgemini and Ekimetrics
Used econometrics models and machine learning to effectively match underprivileged high school students with positive role models with Data4Good
Pursuing a master’s degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics at ENSAE, while already holding a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics andPhysics (École Polytechnique) as well as a master’s degree in Quantitative Economics & Finance (HEC Paris)
During the Civic Innovation Fellowship Eric (with fellow Christian Quest) aggregated and mapped all events (traffic incidents, concerts, weather advisories, etc.) in France, so that any resident or visitor could see what is happening in real-time. His project is open source and has been incorporated into OpenStreetMaps.
About the fellow Taught himself to code while serving his country as a policeman
Heads the information systems of the police and gendarmerie as Chief engineer and section leader of the French government’s Department of Information and Security Systems
Founded the Communaute Informatique (Information Technology Community) within the French government’s Ministry of Interior Affairs.
During the 2016 Civic Innovation Fellowship Tristram enhanced the usability of Paris’s transportation maps by creating a composite three-dimensional map of Paris. With his map, anyone is able to see where they are regardless of whether they are standing below or at street-level. Using data from SNCF and OpenStreetMap, he created a tool that intuitively answers “Where am I in relation to X?”
About the fellow One of the France's top specialists in multi-modal and multi-criteria route computation in an urban environment
At Canal TP, wrote the foundations of Navitia and designed the open transport API (journey planning, isochrones, etc.) that can be consumed through navitia.io. At Captain Train, worked on the combination system that finds routes allowing to book train ticket across Europe using different companies
Won the Hackcess challenge from the SNCF with a route calculator for people with disabilities
During the 2016 Civic Innovation Fellowship Eva worked on making Tiny Houses intoTiny Homes to better integrate refugees in urban areas with Bushra (Afghanistan/Canada) and Romain (France).
About the fellow Leads a team of engineers at d.light Design to design and create award-winning low-cost home products for impoverished communities in rural India and Africa
Co-designed Stanford’s student-built solar home, blending the cold hardware of Arduinos, Raspberry Pi’s, and stepper motors with the warmth of natural wood designs
Studied Biology and Mechanical Engineering Design at Stanford, where she taught early stage prototyping at the Stanford Product Realization Lab
During the 2016 Civic Innovation Fellowship Armand anonymized the Cour des Comptes reports at scale, in collaboration with fellow Peter Martigny.
About the fellow Spreads his love for machine learning as the co-organizer of Bordeaux’s Machine Learning Meetup
Worked as a data scientist in varying capacities for ANTS, a non-profit innovation hub leveraging data analytics and design to improve public infrastructure, as well as Mercedes Benz and PSA Peugot Citroën
As an active member of Data4Good, optimized a match-making algorithm helping a nonprofit pair underprivileged youths with a positive role models and used deep learning to predict foot traffic in the Parisian metro every 15 minutes
During the 2016 Civic Innovation Fellowship Eugena leveraged beacons for urban discovery with Eyal (Israel) and Mike (USA).
About the fellow Her Master's thesis for Parsons School of Design explored and visualized negative urban space in Paris, France through data scraped from APIs
Combines her interests in transporation, urbanism and spatial theory with a variety of technologies (Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, creative coding languages, etc.)
Has created immersive experiences in collaboration with the Fondation Galeries Lafayette, Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Sciences Po (SPEAP) and L'ENSCI
Formerly a political photojournalist who worked for the Deval Patrick administration in Massachusetts
Holds a B.A. in International Relations, with a concentration in International Systems and World Order, from Boston University
During the 2016 Civic Innovation Fellowship: Romain achieved the seemingly impossible in two weeks. He built a house from scratch. His house was designed to help refugees become a part of any urban or suburban community in France. The tiny home was outfitted with modular living and working units, so that it could be used as a home or as a place of business (e.g. restaurant, shop, etc.). With support from the City of Paris and Leroy Merlin’s Techshop, Romain’s tiny home was installed along the banks of the Seine during “Paris Plage,” the city’s annual beach pop-up.
About the fellow Developed a housing concept for refugees for the 15th Biennale of Venice as the director of Quatorze, a nonprofit that creates collaborative experiences using the design or redesign of spaces
Holds a Master’s degree in Architecture (Accademia di Archittura di Mendrisio) and a “Diplome d'état d'architecte, Félicitation du jury” (ENSA Paris Belleville)
During the 2016 Civic Innovation Fellowship Anil created a one-stop site for contextualized risk assessment in Paris (with Corey from Canada, and Peter from Slovakia).
About the fellow Works on predictive models as a member of the Data Mining and Machine Learning team at LIRIS, a multi-disciplinary research lab with a focus on information systems
Honed his skills in natural language processing at the Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing Lab of the German Institute for International Educational Research at Frankfurt. Developed a means of identifying and classifying persuasive and argumentative documents in user-generated content like discussion forums and article comments
Advocates for a wider use of machine learning and analytics across multiple fields as an active member of the non-profit Lyon Data Science
During the 2016 Civic Innovation Fellowship Christian built an open event database with Eric (France).
About the fellow As a member of France’s National Taskforce for Open Data, succesfully led a historical project creating the country’s most exhaustive and up-to-date street address database
Launched OpenSolarMap, a site crowdsourcing the layout of building rooftops in order to find the most suitable ones for the installation of solar or photovoltaic panels
Has been passionate about creating a free editable map of the world for over a decade, first as a contributor and now as President of OpenStreetMap
During the 2016 Civic Innovation Fellowship Eyal leveraged the city of Paris's beacons for urban discovery with Eugena (USA) and Mike (USA).
About the fellow COO and founding member of City Center, a new interdisciplinary research institute at Tel Aviv University that analyzes the effect of digital technology on the urban experience
Founded ZenCity, where he is working closely with local governments in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and other cities in Israel, to create products that make them smarter and more efficient through the use of data
Pursuing further research on Smart Cities at a Master’s program in Urban Planning and Computer Science at Tel Aviv University. He is also in charge of the academic program at the university’s Institute for Internet Studies
During the 2016 Civic Innovation Fellowship David created community through solar-powered picnic tables.
About the fellow Designed his own personal ultralight aircraft, from aerodynamics all the way to its seat fabrics
Created and implemented an inspection and test plan for the manufacturing of metal structures based on ISO-9001 at a Colombian construction company
Hacked several picnic tables at the Domaine de Chamarande, upcycling them on-site to create 3 separate models more suited to their needs of their users: romantic dates, quiet reading and meals with large families
During the 2016 Civic Innovation Fellowship Eva built a robot that could draw images on the streets of Paris using eco-friendly chalk paint. Her goal was to find a method for place-making and the creation of spontaneous and share joy in Paris’s urban landscape.
About the fellow Started programming robots with her father at the age of 9 to help “prevent a future robot war”
Completing her last year of école primaire, which has inspired some of her blog posts, interspersed with her various interests, including short stories, art, and robotics experiments
Awarded fourth place in a prestigious national Mathematics competition, the Concours Lewis Carroll, organized by La Federation Francaise de Jeux Mathematiques (French Federation of Math Games)
During the 2016 Civic Innovation Fellowship Corey created a one-stop site for contextualized risk assessment in Paris with Anil (France) and Peter (Slovakia).
About the fellow Specialized in Urban Climate Change Resilience (particularly flood and heat-related events) using advanced object-based image analysis (OBIA) techniques. Currently exploring how his findings can help create better city policies and personal decisions to address climate change
Served as a Corporal in the Royal Canadian Dragons as part of a reconnaissance squadron in Afghanistan. Responsibilities included creation of a sustainable work environment in a hostile areas of Kandahar, political rehabilitation and cooperation with local Afghan National Police
A “specialized generalist” with degrees in both international development (BA) and Spatial Analysis (MSc) from the University of Waterloo
During the 2016 Civic Innovation Fellowship Patrick constructed guerrilla swings to transform Paris into a playground.
About the fellow Developed a multitude of urban initiatives over the years, including public space events programming as the co-founder of Revolutionary Pants (a nonprofit made to create communities and reimagine human habitats) and technical urban design projects for the city of Dallas. He continues his pursuit of similar projects, and was awarded a prestigious fellowship with Code for America this year
Served as a sergeant in the U.S. army where he spent four years in active duty and four years playing the saxophone for troops as part of the National Guard
Holds master’s degrees in Urban Planning and in Higher Education (University of Michigan) and a bachelor’s degree in English (University of Texas at Austin)
During the 2016 Civic Innovation Fellowship Mike leveraged beacons for urban discovery with Eugena (USA) and Eyal (Israel).
About the fellow Data architect and agile software engineer who contributes to open source projects
Awarded a software engineering fellowship with Code for America this year
Taught university-level courses in databases and Information Systems
Analyzed polling and media data for US presidential and congressional campaigns
Served as a technology consultant for clients at the US Treasury Department
During the 2016 Civic Innovation Fellowship Romain worked on recharging non-rechargeable alkaline batteries up to 20 times.
About the fellow Part of the team working on the Solar Sound System, a fully off-grid sound system whose turntables and mega-speakers run on solar power and kinetic energy produced by party-goers cycling on-site
Advocates for citizen research as an active collaborator of the Paleo-Energy project, a nonprofit harnessing inventions that have gone off-patent, putting them in the hands of creative, collaborative, open-source communities so inventions can continue to thrive in the public domain
In the daytime, manages industrial engineering projects as a strategy consultant