Over the course of Data Day 2018, we had more than 90 dataphyles from all over Milwaukee come to learn, share and connect. Neighborhood champions, data scientists, government leaders, researchers, funders, and data visualization specialists shared innovative, insightful and informative projects.  Mayor Tom Barrett kicked off the event  with a proclamation declaring May 31, 2018 Data Day in the City of Milwaukee.

Our theme this year was “bright spots” or finding positive deviance in data and replicating its success.  Examples of inspiring “bright spots” were demonstrated in the IGNITE presentations, panel, keynote speech, and workshop sessions.  Katie introduced the concept of bright spots and why we’re focusing on it this year.

A big THANK YOU to our IGNITE presenters, panelists, Data Dream Judges, Nancy Olson, and to Dr. Magda Peck for delivering an excellent lunch keynote.

Featured IGNITES:

Nancy Olson, Chief Information Officer from the City of Milwaukee, led a workshop called “Getting to know the City of Milwaukee’s new data portal.”  The session focused on showcasing the City’s upcoming data portal and a tutorial on finding public data.

Panel Discussion: “Data to Engage and Empower”

Moderated by Tracy Wilson, Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment

  • Ian Bautista, Clarke Square Initiative
  • Danell Cross, Metcalfe Park Community Bridges
  • Britney Roberson, Dominican Center, Community Based Crime Reduction
  • Jonatan Zuniga, Layton Boulevard West Neighbors


  • Diana Barany, Children’s Hospital, “Screening Patients for Social Determinants”
  • Deborah Blanks, Project Central Voice, “Project Central Voice Findings”
  • Cheryl Blue, 30th Street Corridor, “History to Our Story”
  • Elizabeth Cizinsky, Greater Milwaukee Committee, “The Growth of Woman-Owned Businesses”
  • Anneliese Dickman, Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort and DYCU, “Families Know First: Preventing Suicide Deaths”
  • Laura Johnson, Milwaukee Succeeds, “Learn to Read, Read to Learn”
  • John Johnson, Marquette University, “How good is your census data?”
  • George Morris, Ascension Health, “Health is Hyper Local”
  • Sarah Zarate, City of Milwaukee Health Department, “Lead bright spots”

Data Dream 2018:

We would like to thank Simone Smith, for presenting on the learnings from the ACTS Data Dream 2017, and our celebrity judges: Erin Frederick, Zilber Family Foundation; Joyce Mallory, Nonprofit Center; Darlene Russell, Greater Milwaukee Foundation; and LaQuondra Shaw, Northwestern Mutual Foundation.

Winner of $5,000 in data support CORE El Centro – Madeline Gianforte
Winner of $3,000 in data support Bread of Healing Clinic – Rick Cesar

Finalist: Washington Park Partners – Lamont Davis

None of this would be possible without support from our generous sponsors! 

Data Dream Supporters:

  • Siebert Lutheran Foundation
  • Zilber Family Foundation

Data Sponsor:

  • Northwestern Mutual Foundation
  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation
  • Gorman and Company

Data Friends:

  • Cassandra Leopold
  • Magda Peck
  • Zilber Property Group
  • Zilber School of Public Health

And thank you to the Neighborhood News Service for coverage of the event!