This year´s edition of EU Datathon, the annual open data competition, was launched on 7 February. This brings a chance for open data enthusiasts and application developers from around the world to demonstrate the potential of open data, get international visibility for their innovative ideas and compete for their share of the total prize fund of EUR 200 000 and the Public Choice Award.
How can you participate? It´s simple! Propose an idea for an application that links and uses open datasets to address one of the four challenges:
· Challenge 1: ‘The European Green Deal
· Challenge 2: ‘Transparency in public procurement
· Challenge 3: ‘EU public procurement opportunities for young people
· Challenge 4: ‘A Europe fit for the digital age
The key condition for a successful submission is that at least one of the datasets used to develop your application comes from the thousands of datasets made available on data.europa.eu. If you opt for challenges 2 or 3, make sure to use at least one dataset published by the EU Tenders Electronic Daily (TED).
On top of that, your application is expected to make an innovative contribution to important goals of the European Union, and showcase opportunities for concrete business models or social enterprises. To jog your imagination, explore the winning ideas from the previous editions of the competition. In 2020, team FinLine from the United Kingdom impressed both the jury and the public with an application designed to provide small and medium-sized businesses with free customised advice for suitable grants and investment options to overcome difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The application scooped first place in its challenge, ‘An economy that works for people, and also won the Public Choice Award. In 2021, the team of ITER IDEA from Italy repeated the same double success with an application facilitating women´s professional mobility in Europe. For details about all winning ideas, visit the EU Datathon website.
The teams shortlisted for this year´s final will receive an offer of support during the design phase and after the competition. The cooperation with the finalists includes invitations to open data events and webinars where the teams can meet data providers, get additional publicity for their projects and network.
Submit your idea by 31 March. For detailed information, see the rules of the competition.
EU Datathon 2022 is organised by the Publications Office of the European Union and contributes to the European Year of Youth 2022 that features events and activities dedicated to young people all around Europe.
LinkedIn, with the hashtag #EUDatathon.