The third edition of the EU Datathon has been officially launched on 28 January 2019 by the Publications Office of the European Union, in partnership with the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The EU Datathon is a growing in popularity event aiming to further stimulate the use of open data issued by the European Union. It allows competitors to showcase their data skills and innovative ideas. Furthermore, it offers them the opportunity to network and gather support in order to continue developing their ideas after the competition.

The challenges

Participants are invited to develop apps and interactive visualisations offering new services or public information insights to citizens, public authorities and businesses. They have to use at least one dataset made available by the EU Institutions, Agencies and other bodes and combine it with at least one dataset of the competition’s partners. The participating teams can compete with their apps in one horizontal or two thematic challenges

Challenge 1: ‘Innovative ideas through EU open data’
Challenge 2: ‘New insights into economics and finance’
Challenge 3: ‘Tackling climate change’

The prizes

The competition is supported by the European Parliament’s Preparatory Action “Linked Open Data in the European Public Administration” and the European Commission ISA² programme (Interoperability solutions for public administrations, businesses and citizen). Joining the 2019 competition gives the opportunity to win one of the cash prizes in each challenge

1st prize EUR 15.000
2nd prize EUR 7.000
3rd prize EUR 3.000

The competition will culminate with the final conference in Brussels on 13 June 2019, where finalists will present their projects in front of an expert jury and the open data community.

More information on the competition rules, evaluation process, webinars (and previous editions) at https://publications.europa.eu/en/web/eudatathon/2019-rules

Details at https://publications.europa.eu/en/web/eudatathon/home.

About fjbehr

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Franz-Josef Behr, Professor of Geoinformatics at Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences (http://www.gis-management.de/). His specializations include * Internet, Internet GIS * XML, GML, SVG * Data exchange and Interoperability * Visualization * Open Source Solutions * Consulting Member of the DIN working group NA 005-03-03 AA "Arbeitsausschuss Kartographie und Geoinformation" (Sp CEN/TC 287+ISO/TC 211). He is the author of two authoritative books on GIS in German, one is "Strategisches GIS-Management", published by Wichmann Verlag (2004). The second is "Einführung in Geographische Informationssysteme" (1997).

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