The Jobs Open Data Challenge Late Meetup and Creation Weekend
We’ve now shortlisted applicants for the £50k Jobs Challenge Prize. Having read all of the proposals with interest it was really fascinating to hear from some of those shortlisted teams at Wednesday’s Challenge meetup.
It was an inspiring evening starting and ending with anticipation as people got to meet, exchange ideas, and even consider joining up teams. This was followed by briefing for the next stage, talks from experts, and finishing with 60 second lightning pitches. The pitches served as a great way for the present teams to get to know each other and feel out opportunities for collaboration over some beers.
So, let’s remind ourselves what the challenge is all about. Everyone is trying to come up with a solution to answer the central question:
There were a range of really interesting responses proposed by participants and a number of recurring themes. These included mobilising the workforce and skills development for people experiencing disadvantage, whether this be due to health, location or infrastructure. Another common theme I noticed in proposals was around opening up data and algorithms to unlock more effective ways to match qualifications, skills, and aptitudes. To explore the full range of projects submitted visit Collabfinder.
Out of the four judging criteria, open data is obviously key, and explicit in all shortlisted proposals. What struck me was that whilst sustainability and innovation are equally vital, neither were presented on as stand alone subjects, but cited by PwC’s Mark Graham as underpinning the 4th criteria, social impact. Zoe Stanton from UsCreates spoke about the importance of establishing user need to design a sustainable product or service, and the benefits of co-creating with users to innovate. Full user research from UsCreates is available to view.
Briony gave everyone an overview of next steps in the competition, and summarised what to expect from the upcoming Creation Weekend in Manchester.
1 Development and Support
Utilise user insights
- Engage with experts
- Receive coaching
- Focus on your use of open data
- Evaluation against judging criteria by colleagues from PwC and Uscreates
- Pitch and be judged in front of the panel of 7 judges
Briony confirmed that 1-4 team members per project can attend the Creation Weekend. She also mentioned the fine line between collaboration and competition, and that the Challenge Team are expecting to see lots of both at the weekend!
There will be specialists attending the Creation Weekend to help guide participants in developing their ideas, including Mark Graham from PwC and Zoe Stanton from Uscreates who shared expertise on social impact and user need at the late Meetup. 100% Open’s David Simoes-Brown will also be joining us to provide invaluable advice on pitching, I will be helping teams on concept development and ODI’s Gianfranco Cecconi will be coming to provide expert guidance on the nuances and technical aspects of open data.
Would you like to see the Open Data Challenge Series in Action? The Jobs Open Data Challenge Creation Weekend is happening this weekend. On the afternoon of Sunday 26 April, teams are expected to pitch their product to a panel of expert judges. RSVP for free via Eventbrite.
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