This Challenge is now closed. The Creation Weekend was held on 28 Feb and 1 March 2015 at the British Museum. Read more about the finalists, City Radar, Culture Everywhere and Rabble, who each received £5,000 and a bespoke incubation package. Culture Everywhere went on to win the Challenge and received the £50,000 prize.
Nesta and the Open Data Institute are running an open data challenge on the theme of Heritage & Culture. We are asking teams to develop products and services which answer the question:
Applications are open from 4th November 2014 until midday 9th February 2015 and we are holding a series of events during the application period to help teams develop their ideas. Applications should be submitted using our Heritage & Culture group on Collabfinder.
The challenge invites teams from existing businesses, startups, social enterprises and community groups to use open data to build products and services. In particular, we are interested in products and services which deliver value to people who are not well-served by current heritage and culture offers. In addition, we are also interested in business to business propositions and new approaches which use open data to support institutions and organisations to expand their reach to new and diverse people.
During September and October we worked with a number of stakeholders to undertake background research in this area, as well as identify relevant open data. We used this to identify the specific challenge question above.
The Open Data
All products and services developed as part of this Challenge must use at least one open data dataset published by a UK public body. During our scoping phase we identified a number of relevant open data datasets that teams could use in their products and services. We have collated these into a data guide document (a description of relevant open data) and a data quality indicator spreadsheet (a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the quality of the open data identified). These documents are being added to and revised throughout the course of the Challenge so do keep checking back for updates.
To find out more about our approach to open data for the Open Data Challenge Series, check out this recent blog.
How to apply to the Challenge
Applications should be submitted by midday 9th February 2015 using our Heritage & Culture group on Collabfinder. All completed projects on our Collabfinder group at this time will be considered. After considering all applications we will then notify teams via Collabfinder to let them know whether their idea has been selected to come along to the Creation Weekend.
Before submitting an application, please refer to the Open Data Challenge Series terms and conditions, eligibility criteria and judging criteria. For further guidance on applying please see the step by step guide.
We’ve also set up a hackpad where we will be listing further insights, links to resources and case studies. Please feel free to contribute to this and draw on it for inspiration.
Set out below is the timetable for the Challenge with key dates for events and deadlines.
4th November - Applications Open
26th November - Meetup
We will host a meetup in London for potential participants to find out more about the Challenge, start to build teams and develop their ideas.
December - User Insight Research Published
After launching the Challenge Question we will undertake user insight research to help teams develop their product and service ideas during the application stage. This will include user personas and user journeys.
December/January - Meetups and Events
We are committed to running hack days/meetups and collaborating with existing events particularly outside London. If you are interested in collaborating on an event, please contact [email protected]
10th December - Meetup - Venue TBC, Edinburgh
We’ll be attending the Tech Meetup in Edinburgh to give attendees a chance to find out more about the Challenge, how to start to build teams and develop their ideas.
10th January - Meetup - ICOSS Centre, Sheffield
We'll be working with Hack the City to deliver a Heritage + Culture event in Sheffield on 10 January.
9th February - Applications Close
Applications should be submitted by midday 9th February 2015 using our Heritage & Culture group on Collabfinder. All completed projects on our Collabfinder group at this time will be considered.
After considering all applications at this time we will then notify teams via Collabfinder to let them know whether their idea has been selected to come along to the Creation Weekend.
17th February - Pre-Weekend Meetup - Venue TBC, London
This meetup is mainly for those teams who have been invited to attend the Creation Weekend as we will brief them on how to prepare the weekend and set them further deadlines.
In addition, for those who haven’t been invited to the Creation Weekend, it is an opportunity to meet successful teams and see if there are opportunities for collaboration. We will also announce our Judges for the Challenge.
28th February + 1st March - Creation Weekend - British Museum, London
At the Creation Weekend teams will further build and test their product and service. Teams will be also be assessed against the judging criteria and given coaching on pitching. On the Sunday afternoon, teams will then pitch to a panel of judges who will then chose three teams to progress further. These finalists will subsequently receive a £5,000 prize as well as a tailored package of support.
March - May - Incubation
The three finalists will further develop their product during this period. They will also receive a tailored package of support provided by Nesta and ODI including help to think through their business model, as well as further service design skills training.
May - Winner Announced
The three finalists will present one final time to the panel of judges who will then decide which team will be awarded the grand prize of up to £50,000.