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Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

The Open Data Challenge Series Handbook - our story

With the winners of all seven challenges announced, it is a good opportunity to publish the story of the Open Data Challenge Series (ODCS) in the form of our online publication, The Open Data Challenge Series Handbook. You can download a copy of the handbook here.

We’ve tried to put together a short, engaging document to highlight the outputs of the series and provide an insight into how we’ve approached and run the challenges. It includes:

  • profiles of the winners;

  • an overview of our Open Data Challenge Series method;

  • the design principles which we’ve used to create the process;

  • a new data innovation canvas template to support organisations understand whether a open data challenge could help with their aims

We’ve come to the end of the Open Data Challenges series run by Nesta and the Open Data Institute. 

Hopefully this Handbook will inspire others to use open data for social good. This publication contributes to the growing bank of resources that help organisations to open up data and encourages people to use it to build products.


Ed Parkes

Ed Parkes

Ed Parkes

Senior Programme Manager

Ed worked in the Innovation Lab in Nesta, as the Senior Programme Manager for the Open Data Challenge Series, which was run in partnership with the Open Data Institute.

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