Why are we doing this?
Open data has the potential to power tools that provide solutions to real problems. Although the UK is the world leader in releasing open data, its use in informing real world solutions has been limited and fragmented, with innovative startups lacking support and data expertise to scale to a sustainable business level.
Combining the technical expertise and network of the Open Data Institute and the challenge prize methodology and charitable aims of Nesta, this series aims to galvanise a new community to use open data as the key ingredient in helping solve social challenges. The challenges will help SMEs and startups to work with data providers, industry experts and business leaders to develop new ways to reuse available data in ways which create sustainable business opportunities.
What are we doing?
We are running a series of seven challenge prizes over the next two years to support the development of innovative solutions to social challenges using open data. For each challenge, projects will compete for a potential £40,000 grand prize. Winning projects will be those with the best solution which combines open data expertise with a credible plan and market. The Open Data Challenge Prize Series is funded by the Technology Strategy Board and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Seven different themes ran in October 2015, convening a range of data owners and data users around a series of social challenges. The current challenges focus on Crime and Justice, Education, and Energy and the Environment.
The Energy and Environment Open Data Challenge is now open.
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