PlanetData congratulates winners of the Open Data Challenge

16th June 2011, Brussels - At the very first Digital Agenda Assembly, Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President responsible for the event, awarded the winners of the Open Data Challenge. As one of the sponsors of the competition, PlanetData was present.

Participants were to demonstrate valuable and interesting applications reusing public data.

Prices of 20,000 Euros were won for categories such as the idea, the application, and the visualization.

  • The first prize for the idea won Martin Büttner, Jonas Gebhardt, Lukas Niemeier, Jannik Streek, and Nicholas Wittstruck from Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Germany. They developed "bePart" [1], a concept to present users with aggregated information in order to let them easily participate in discussions about urban development projects.
  • Fair-play Alliance and VORSR.sk won the first prize for the application. Their platform ZNasichDani [2] (in English: From Our Taxes) demonstrates an application that can uncover conflicts of interest in individuals securing contracts with the state.
  • First prize for the visualization won Oliver O'Brien with Bike Share Map [3]. For over 30 cities around the world, this platform visualizes the current state of bike share systems -- possibly further boosting their usage.

The jury of the Open Data Challenge had a hard time selecting the best submissions. See the website for all the winners and further descriptions of the competition [4].

Open Data is a strong driver for innovation -- the Open Data Challenge showed that -- and also the workshop "Open data and re-use of public sector information" [5] clearly came to this conclusion.

The Open Data Challenge fitted well in the overall event. Around 1600 people attended the Digital Agenda Assembly in order to discuss, share experiences about, and inform themselves about Europe's digital future.

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In the picture: Winners of Open Data Challenge and Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President responsible for the Digital Agenda: Digital Agenda for Europe - state of play and challenges ahead

Photo:http://opengis.unibuc.ro/