#Online event: EU DATATHON 2020

Date(s) - 13/10/2020 - 15/10/2020

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In the space of just four years, EU Datathon has become a much-anticipated event in the open data community.

‘This annual event helps to promote and improve the open data made available by the EU institutions, agencies and bodies,’ says Rudolf Strohmeier, Director-General of the Publications Office of the European Union. ‘It does this by bringing together apps developers and data managers in the EU institutions to exchange on the potential and limitations of the data made available.

‘EU Datathon stimulates innovative reuse of that data, through apps and visualisations, helping young startups and other initiatives gain visibility and further support for their ideas.

‘This is all the more important now, when the EU needs to support the kick-start of its economies, severely slowed down by the COVID-19 crisis. The competition also contributes to the Commission priority of using digital solutions to help tackle the impact of this virus and its ramifications.’

We have 12 finalists for EU Datathon 2020!

Congratulations to the 12 teams preselected for EU Datathon 2020, the EU open data competition! Now the real work begins for them to build an application in time for the European Week of Regions and Cities in October.

This year’s EU Datathon adventure started in February with the call to data geeks worldwide to propose ideas for applications using open data from the EU institutions, agencies and bodies. The deadline for proposals was early May.

The preselection jury had 121 proposals to select, the biggest number ever during the competition’s history. ‘So many proposals were promising and inspirational, but we could only preselect 12 of them,’ said Daniele Rizzi, Policy Officer in ‘Data Policy and Innovation’ in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology.

Next steps

The 12 teams now have 19 weeks to turn their proposal into a fully-working application. This period leaves them plenty of time to develop an application that could be marketable when unveiled during the European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels on 15 October 2020.

A jury, composed of experts from within and outside the EU public sector, will evaluate them. This will culminate in a prize-giving ceremony, including a public choice award that will give two tickets for this year’s Web Summit in Lisbon: the public will vote on their preferred application of the competition.

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