£5K App Design Challenge

Have an idea for an open data app? You could win £5,000

The ‘Open Data Challenge’ is all about finding new and innovative ways to use open data including that from the Department of Finance and Personnel’s Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).

What is open data?

Open data is the term given to information and statistics which are accessible to the public, under a license which allows its reuse. The winning application will be the one that is deemed to make best use of Northern Ireland open data to benefit people in Northern Ireland.


The competition is open to businesses, students and individuals aged 18 or over. Applicants must be based in Northern Ireland.

Employees of Invest NI, NISRA, DFP and DETI, other individuals working on the project, and their immediate families, are not eligible to enter. Unless otherwise stated, you may make up to three entries to the Challenge and must bear all your costs of entering and participating in a Challenge, including travel costs.

Judging criteria

  • Improve the quality of life in Northern Ireland
  • Innovative use of public sector data
  • Usability
  • Commercial potential / sustainability

All shortlisted proposals will be presented to a VIP industry panel and the overall winner will receive a cheque for £5,000.

How do I enter?

You must register your interest in the Open Data Challenge by noon on 22 August 2014. Once registered, all potential applicants should download the application form from the resources page on the IGNITN website. You may either edit this document or create your own but all of the questions included in that document MUST be answered in your submission.

This document should be uploaded in PDF format via the submission form on the IGNITN website. You may also include links a short video and/or a prototype or design. This is optional, however, if you choose to do so, please include those URLs in the appropriate fields in the submission form.

Further information

You can read full details of the Open Data Challenge on IGNITN website.

Source: nibusinessinfo.co.uk