Applications to this Challenge are now closed. This Challenge and £50,000 prize has been won by Performance in Context; they were announced at the ODI Award in July held at Bloomberg in London. The other finalists were Bus Start and Smart Streets. Read more by clicking through the team names to their associated Q&A blogs.
Nesta and the Open Data Institute are running an open data challenge on the theme of Jobs. We are inviting teams to develop products and services which answer the question:
Applications are open from 30th January until the deadline at midday 30th March 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 Jobs group on Collabfinder.
The Jobs Open Data Challenge invites startups, established businesses, social enterprises, community groups and individuals to build products and services using open data which help people get better jobs or create new jobs. These could include products and services which:
- help people find and apply for jobs or start their own businesses
- enable career progression or improve working conditions
- help to make the labour market function better
During December and January we worked with a number of stakeholders to undertake background research in this area, as well as to 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.
How to apply to the Challenge
Applications should be submitted by midday 30th March 2015 using our Jobs 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.
30th January - Applications Open
We will announce the specific challenge question and the Jobs group on Collabfinder opens for applications.
25th February - 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.
You can access the slides from the meetup here.
January - March - 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]
30th March - Applications Close
Applications should be submitted by midday 30th March 2015 using our Jobs 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.
15th April - Pre-Weekend Meetup - Runway East, 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.
25th + 26th April - Creation Weekend - The Shed, Manchester Metropolitan University
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.
The afternoon of Sunday 26 April if open to the public - we invite you to join support the teams by coming along to watch the pitches and see the selection of the three finalists. Drinks and canapes will also be available. Attendance is free but please RSVP.
April - June - 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.
July - 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.