Open Data Challenge

European public bodies produce thousands upon thousands of datasets every year – about everything from how our tax money is spent to the quality of the air we breathe. With the Open Data Challenge, the Open Knowledge Foundation and the Open Forum Academy are challenging designers, developers, journalists and researchers to come up with something useful, valuable or interesting using open public data.

Everybody from the EU can submit an idea, app, visualization or dataset to the competition between 5th April and 5th June. The winners will be announced in mid June at the European Digital Assembly in Brussels. A total of €20,000 in prizes could be another motivator if you’re undecided yet.

Entries must use or depend on open, freely reusable data from local, regional or national public bodies from European member states or from European institutions. Some starting points for you to get data are or The organisers are focused on solutions that are reusable in different countries, cover pan-European issues and use open licenses for any code, content and data.

Let us know in the comments if you plan to participate — we’re eager to see what you come up with.

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  • wearecloud

    We are definitely participating :) we are entering BIME in the app category, and then we’ll use BIME to create a visualization to enter in the visualization category! In terms of data, we have chosen a dataset about the EU emission trading scheme from the EEA.

  • schmig

    This rule could hinder a participation from Switzerland:
    “You can enter the Open Data Challenge if you are an EU resident or an organisation with operations in the EU.”

    • Benjamin Wiederkehr

      Unfortunately, this could be true. Thanks for pointing it out.

      • Oleg

        Too bad. Well, the Swiss can probably organise their own block rocking open data event :)