Nick O'Day is the chief data officer for the City of Johns Creek, Georgia, and manages the open data and analytics strategy for the city. His focus is on leveraging data to help empower decision-makers and engage citizens. Some of his team's most notable projects have involved creating the first Alexa skill powered by open data, launching a comprehensive open data portal (known as DataHub), partnering with Waze to alert drivers and analyze traffic trends, and building smartphone apps that help connect citizens to the city. These projects have won a variety of awards from Esri, Amazon Web Services, the US Conference of Mayors, and others. He also manages the city's GIS, drone operations, and many of the city's public-private partnerships with consultants and technology companies.
Prior to his work with Johns Creek, Nick worked as a GIS and IT consultant for several different levels of government, and with the University of Georgia's Geospatial Technologies Laboratory on joint water quality and land-use conservation projects with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Johns Creek is a midsize suburb of more than 85,000 residents and is located approximately 30 minutes northeast of downtown Atlanta, Georgia.