Nesta and the Open Data Institute are running an open data challenge on the theme of Housing. The specific Challenge Question is - How can we use open data to help people get the best out of renting?
The aim is to help teams use the open data available to develop products and services to support the increasing number of people who are renting, both in the private rented sector and in social housing.
The information here will give you further background about the Challenge as well as details and links to further resources if you’re interested in competing.
The specific Challenge Question for this Challenge is: How can we use open data to help people get the best out of renting?
The Housing Open Data Challenge invites teams including business, startups, social enterprises and community groups to collaborate and compete with each other to use open data to build products and services that help people get the best out of renting, including using open data to provide greater housing options for those renting. In addition, it includes both those who are renting in the private rented sector as well as those who are renting from social landlords.
We will now be undertaking further user insight research to elaborate the user journeys for those renting, which we will then make available here. Also, we’ve set up a hackpad where we will be listing further insights, links to resources and case studies. Please feel free to contribute to this.
We have collated a number of relevant (primarily national) datasets to support teams in the Challenge. We encourage you to explore these datasets, and any others that are openly available. These lists are constantly being revised and added to so do check back during the course of the Challenge.
In developing this Challenge we have hosted a roundtable workshop to explore the policy issues in Housing. We then followed up with our Challenge Definition Day on 12th June where we began to craft the specific challenge question.
24 June: Launch and Applications Open
We launched the Challenge at HouseParty, the UK’s Housing Unconference, in Manchester, and opened our platform on Collabfinder for individuals and teams to sign up and start to upload their ideas.
24 July: Housing Challenge Meetup
On the 24 July we hosted our Meetup, an opportunity for potential participants and people with ideas to hear initial user research relating to the challenge and to build teams and develop their ideas.
29 August (noon): Challenge Applications Close
The deadline for submitting your initial idea for the Challenge is noon on 29 August. All completed projects on our Collabfinder group at this time will be considered. We will then notify teams whether their idea has been selected to come along to the Creation Weekend in September.
10 September: Housing Challenge Participant Meetup
Our second meetup is a chance for those who have been invited to attend the Creation Weekend to build their teams and prepare for the weekend. This gives an opportunity for those who submitted ideas but weren’t successful to meet those who were and see if there are further opportunities for collaboration or combination.
20 and 21 September: Housing Creation Weekend
For those with successful ideas, this is your chance to build and test your app, get feedback, and iterate before pitching to a prestigious panel of judges. At this stage, MVPs would be great, but working examples that are able to process real data and need a fair degree of refining are also eligible.
At the end of the weekend, three teams will be chosen as finalists. As a finalist they receive a £5,000 prize as well as a tailored package of support.
September – December: Incubation Period
The three finalists refine their product during this period. They 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.
The three finalist teams submit their final product to a panel of judges who then decide which will be awarded the grand prize of up to £40,000.
Please refer to the main Open Data Challenge Series page for terms and conditions, eligibility and judging criteria.