Geek Awards, NABJ honors follow more CPIJ-supported projects

Geek Awards, NABJ honors follow more CPIJ-supported projects

New accolades are illuminating the success of several projects which have been supported by the Center for Public Interest Journalism.

Open Data Philly:

On Saturday night, The Philadelphia Geek Awards named Open Data Philly the 2015 Web Project of the Year.

Open Data Philly — a partnership supported by CPIJ, the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology and local geospatial analysis firm Azavea is a catalog of open data in Philadelphia, including the city’s open data repository and data sets from many regional organizations.

Lindsay T. So of Creative Philadelphia shared this photo of Azavea’s John Branigan picking up the trophy:

Branigan was the project manager behind the recently-redesigned version of the site, which launched in February.

Philadelphia Geek Awards honor “outstanding achievements in Philadelphia’s vibrant geek community” presented during a back tie and red carpet event at the Academy of Natural Sciences. You can view photos and tweets from the event by following the #PHLGeekAwards hashtag.

Nick Marzano of Young Involved Philadelphia put the recognition in perspective:

And Sarah Cordivano of Azavea shared some kind words:

Here at CPIJ, I have recently updated organizational profiles, maintain the social media community and organize events. Look for more announcements soon.

You can submit data sets and featured projects to Open Data Philly via the interface at


The Philadelphia Geek Award for Startup of the Year was presented to, a mobile-first platform designed to connect citizens to relevant news and information about Philadelphia.

CPIJ incubated and housed the initiative which became Billy Penn during a strategic partnership last year.

Billy Penn developer and Temple journalism alumnus Chris Montgomery accepted the trophy and “lived through the acceptance speech.”

Tapped Out:

CPIJ was among partners recently honored by National Association of Black Journalists’ 2015 Salute to Excellence awards (the link is no longer available:, for collaborating on “Tapped Out,” a special section in the Philadelphia Daily News detailing the impact of poverty on our city.

“Tapped Out” was also recognized as the best newspaper investigative series by the Clarion Awards from the Association for Women in Communications, as previously reported.