At the Q3 meeting networking session, we different projects that use Alteryx Designer to do spatial, GIS, and predictive analytics. A side project that I have been working on in collaboration with Chris Williams, Portland Alteryx User Group (Oregon) is to address processes around Food Banks to address the food insecurity problem. Associated with those studies is disaster relief and evacuation routes around major cities.
Background: I attended a couple meetings in the Project Managers group where volunteers presented on the global Food Loss and Waste Protocol. This is a higher level effort at a policy level. https://flwprotocol.org/.
A short while later I met Chris Williams online at an Alteryx webinar and learned that he works on the implementation of workflows for food banks which are local efforts.
I started expanding a previous project done as a local hackathon by Dr. Zeydy Ortiz and NCData4Good but ran into a time crunch.
I am proposing our group use Alteryx Designer to build on that effort and create a member project. The project will define the business problem, explore and gather data sets, spatial and GIS to define areas of operations, then get into predictive analytics.
Please provide feedback and suggestions. Is this a good idea? Will you participate? If so, what would you like to get out of it?
Here is what I am looking to get out of it. Get more experience with using Alteryx Designer to develop workflows that I have done using other tools/languages. Continue working on the Food Bank/ Food insecurity processes that I started over a year back.
Also to reiterate ... no rush to the finish line (actually there is no finish line). Just the journey and the steps we take as a group to learn and experience as we go. Maybe other User Groups in the vicinity will be interested in doing the same thing in their local areas and we can collaborate.
I like the idea, @cdcruz, especially given the lack of time pressure. I wonder if we might get Alteryx licenses for this effort to improve food security. This would avoid issues with using work computers.
Good point Rick. I remember reading that for volunteer work there may be some licenses. As we progress, I will check with Flavia and Lori if that is the case and how to go about getting them.
Thanks for raising the issue.
@cdcruz I am losing my work Alteryx license Friday, September 17th because of a change of employer. I hope we can get licenses for this food security project. I hope to make time to research further and will follow your guidance.
Thanks for reminding me. I just confirmed that Chris Williams will be doing both sessions at our Q4 2021 meeting.
I reached out to a contact at a local university that is working in the food access space and I am waiting to hear back from her.
I think we will have 3-5 members interested in working on this project. Since this is not working with a specific NGO or non-profit but working on a project that will benefit multiple non-profits, I will reach out to Flavia and Lori to see how we can have access to a license for anyone who is actively working on the project.