This Challenge is no longer open for applications, find out about the finalists in the Challenge here.
Teams came together to create products and solutions using open data to help parents make informed choices about their children's education in one (or more) of three key areas:
- Expressing a preference for a school
- Choosing a subject or other learning priorities
- Engaging with their children’s learning
Whether helping parents to better understand how their child is performing compared to others; enabling them to raise challenging issues at parents’ evening, or supporting them to understand which local schools or GCSE subjects are most suited to their child, this challenge has the potential to ensure parents bridge the ‘home – education’ gap and ultimately improve their child’s chances of success in life beyond school.
A large volume of open data exists relating to the UK education system, and provides the foundation for digital tools for parents and learners. To see the kind of products that have been built with this data already, see the Guardian GCSE Schools Guide, the RM Schools Finder and the London School Atlas.
We have created a list of the relevant open data which is available which you can access via our Socrata platform or in our Education Challenge Guide. In addition, this challenge offers the opportunity to build on this open data by working with two previously unavailable datasets:
- Pupil performance records from the National Pupil Database: this challenge will see 100 parents volunteer to get access to their children's records. Developers will in turn be able to work with this data, to turn it into useful insight for parents.
- School application and admission records: information on school applications and admissions numbers which can be used to help parents better understand the probability of getting their child into different schools
Combining these datasets with the open data already available opens up an exciting range of possibilities for tools that provide highly personalised advice and insights. We hope that this challenge represents an opportunity to develop products and services that:
- Deliver real value for parents and learners. Data visualisations are cool, but you’ll need to be able to explain how they help real people engage with education and learning.
- Showcase the potential for open and personal data to be combined to empower parents and learners. Whilst the data from the DFE and Haringey Council offers a unique twist to this challenge, you need to make sure you use at least some Open Data if you want to be in the running to win.
- Demonstrate high quality user-centric design. Applicants should bear in mind that many parents who want to engage with their child’s education are put off by complex information, jargon and dense rows of numbers.
This Challenge is no longer open for applications
29 January: Meet up for interested parties
Come and discuss your ideas, meet some people, scope out the competition, network.
1 March: Deadline for project idea submissions on CollabFinder
In order to get an invite to the Creation Weekend, you simply need to tell us what ideas you’re working on and what data they use by submitting your project idea on to CollabFinder.
15 + 16 March: Creation Weekend
This is your chance to build and test your app with parents using live data, get feedback, and iterate before pitching to a prestigious panel of judges.
At this stage, fully functional products would be great, but working examples that are able to process real data but need a fair degree of refining.
At the end of the weekend, three finalists will be chosen. As a finalist you will receive a) £5,000, b) service design and tailored support and c) an offer to apply for the ODI’s start-up programme to refine your product.
March – June: The three finalists refine their product
June: Grand prize of up to £50,000 awarded to the best product
If you’d like further information please get in touch at email@example.com or on Twitter @odchallenges.
Please refer main Open Data Challenge Series page for terms and conditions and and information about our other challenges.