What is the Ministry of Data Challenge?
Track 1: Cities of Tomorrow Challenge
Do you want to understand how local governments across Western Balkans work? Do you love crunching data for public good: if you find a way to make sense of it, the citizen will, too. Visualizations/analytics, mobile apps and other e-solutions welcome. Two teams will win tailored mentorship schemes and a cash prize of $2,500.
Track 2: My City Can do Better Challenge
Are you from Podgorica, Gjakova/Djakovo or Tirana? Do you have ideas how your cities can work better? Can you use data to make it happen? Show your fellow citizens your city in a new light. This year special three spots at the boot camp are reserved for visualizations/analytics, mobile apps and other e-solutions for these specific cities. The best team will be awarded a cash prize of $2,500, too!
Special Mention Award: Spaces in the Balkans
Are you interested in working with spatial data? Do you have an idea how to put your city on the map? Do you know an interesting spatial dataset that needs a bit of work to become a brand new solutionfor a city? You can win a special award of additional $2,500 for the best visualizations/analytics, mobile apps and other e-solutions using spatial data.
Can you apply?
Do you have an idea how to transform our cities and improve governance, effectiveness and public participation at the local level? Is your idea applicable to Western Balkans? Are you 18 year+? Then join us! The deadline has been extended until December 5th, 2016. “Ministry of Data” Challenge 2016 is the second edition of open data app challenge series held in the region of Western Balkans. Check out the Rules and regulations.
By participating in a challenge like this, we encourage, support and demand from public administration to proactively publish data for reuse. We improve the supply of data and ensure transparency. On the other hand we support the demand, strengthen all stakeholders that use the data for public good or profit, and ensure growth and transparency. We also invest in IT skills and digital competences in the region as well as good (local) governance.
Selection and Bootcamp
The top six teams will be invited to a bootcamp in Zagreb, Croatia, where seasoned experts will help you build your projects and presentation skills. Addittional four places at the boot camp are reserved for the “My City Can Do Better” Challenge. At the end of the bootcamp, you will harness all the advice to dazzle a jury with an elevator pitch and an opprtunity to win cash prizes and four month incubation mentoring program.
What can you win?
What's in it for me? Awards amounting to a total of $10,000, tons of expert advice and contacts, a Bootcamp and an opportunity to pitch to investors in Croatia and to organizations like the United Nations and governments in South-eastern Europe. Two awards of $2,500 will be awarded to the two best teams at the end of the bootcamp. A special spatial mention award of adittional $2,500 will be awarded for the best idea that uses spatial data and another award of $2,500 will go to the best team working on a solution for Podgorica, Gjakova/Djakovo or Tirana.
Expert Jury Panel
Friends of the Ministry of Data have kindly shared different datasets, downloadable below. Using them will give you a better chance of seeing your e-solution implemented in real life. But you can also use data from other sources in the Western Balkans you have access to. The only requirement is that it helps citizens understand how their taxes are spent, and take a more active watchdog role vis-a-vis their governments.
Show us what you can do with the data! These are the suggested datasets:
My City Can do Better Challenge
Challenge: Visualizing open data (through infographics, apps or web-apps) and treating social issues based on those data.
Challenge: Civic participation for sustainable mobility in cities. The challenge is to develop an online platform through which citizens could receive interactive information on existing and planned sustainable urban transport infrastructure (cycling paths, parking lots for bicycles, lines and timetable for public transport, etc.). Additionally, citizens would be enabled to make suggestions about what needs to be improved based on their needs. The inputs received via online platform would be used for development of the Strategic Development Plan of the Capital City. The aim of this initiative is to reduce the use of private cars, promote multimodal transport, preserve of natural resources, improve access for "vulnerable" groups, reduce emissions, improve the quality of public transport services, and finally, improve the quality of life of citizens.
Challenge: Public finance transparency and efficiency of administration.
Cities of Tomorrow Challenge
|Various countries||World Bank Open Data||http://data.worldbank.org/|
|Various countries||Procurement Data from around Europe||http://digiwhist.eu/resources/data/|
|Various data sets provided by Albanian National Agency for Information Society||https://e-albania.al|
|National Geoportal of Albania||http://geoportal.asig.gov.al/Map.aspx?lang=EN|
Public consultations registry for draft laws and strategic documents
|Improve the city||http://permiresoqytetin.al/index1.php|
Bosnia and Herzegovina
|Federal Bureau of Statistics||http://fzs.ba|
|Institute of Statistics||http://www.rzs.rs.ba|
|Communications Regulatory Agency||http://rak.ba/|
|Statistical and IT Bureau of Sarajevo Canton||http://zis.ks.gov.ba|
|Sarajevo Public Transport System||http://gras.ba|
|Open data portal of the Republic of Croatia||https://data.gov.hr/data/search|
|Repository of various data sets||Link to a Dropbox file|
|Buildings of Skopje||http://skopje2014.prizma.birn.eu.com/en|
|Monitoring of Local Budgets in Montenegro||http://mojgrad.me/|
|Ministry of Sustainabale Development and Tourism||http://www.ctr.mrt.gov.me/Portal/|
|Ministry of Sustainabale Development and Tourism||http://www.planovidozvole.mrt.gov.me|
|Central Registry of Business Entities||www.crps.me|
|Public Procurement Portal||http://portal.ujn.gov.me/delta2015/login.jsp|
|Ministry of Culture||www.mku.gov.me|
|Institute of Hydrometeorology and Seismology||www.meteo.co.me|
|Environmental Protection Agency||www.epa.org.me|
|Directorate of Youth and Sport||www.upravazamladeisport.me|
|Central Bank of Montenegro||www.cb-cg.org/index.php?mn1=statistika|
|Directorate for Protection of Classified Information||www.nsa.gov.me|
|Directorate for Lotteries||www.upravazaigrenasrecu.me|
|Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development Open Data Portal||http://opendata.mpn.gov.rs/|
Data used in Ministry of Data 2015 edition can be used, too!
The public voting has already finished. Please see the results here (redirects to Survey Monkey website).
You could cast your vote for 1, 2 or 3 preferred ideas until 13th December, 2016. Three projects with the most votes were invited to the Bootcamp in Zagreb, as well as another four that will be selected by the Jury. Three places on the Bootcamp are guaranteed for My City Can Do Better Challenge teams. In total, 10 teams will meet in Zagreb in February next year for the final round of the Challenge.
You can also still check out the datasets and rules of the Challenge.