Democracy is flourishing around the world and as a result, citizens have more ways than ever before to express their desires and concerns.

Many governments have turned to crowdsourcing to gather citizens' ideas, concerns, and comments. But the lack of data processing tools for crowdsourced ideas can lead to enormous amounts of data, overwhelming civic servants and leaving citizens' valuable input unused. A team of researchers at Stanford University wanted to solve this bottleneck with Civic CrowdAnalytics, an application that applies sentiment analysis and delivers easy-to-consume dashboards that help users more clearly understand and act on growing citizen data.

Topcoder broke the project down into small units of work to design the user interface and build a clickable prototype to demo to Living Progress Challenge judges. Hyper-specialized members from the Topcoder Community worked on different stages of the project, and a Topcoder copilot managed logistics and ensured quality results.

Although the Civic CrowdAnalytics app lost to other Living Progress Challenge finalists in the final round of competition, the team is continuing to work on bringing their application to market—and creating a more participatory, inclusive, and transparent democratic society.

Working with HPE and Topcoder has been a fantastic experience: professional, fast and fun. We have been able to achieve our goals faster than expected, thanks to the high level of commitment from HPE and Topcoder.