“Ministry of Data” is another open data challenge implemented by TechSoup Europe in cooperation with GONG our partner organization from Croatia. It is a second edition of a challenge designed and previously ran by UNDP.
The challenge encourages creative use of ICT skills for implementation of open public data in e-solutions such as apps, platforms, visualizations etc.The challenge aims at improving transparency, inclusiveness and quality of life in cities of Western Balkans.
In total, 53 very interesting ideas were submitted to the challenge. After public and jury voting ending on December 13th, 10 finalists’ teams were selected. The teams come from Sarajevo, Podgorica, Gjakova, Prishtina and Pančevo.
Learn the best ideas:
- Belaj ba: imagine you could just take a picture with your phone of parking space violations, broken street lamps or potholes in your neighbourhood and with a few clicks send it directly to authorities, at the same time making it public so everyone knows that it exists.
- Dream Green Machine Team: we want to develop all inclusive, open source, open data, real time platform to gather data from all available sources for all pollutants, and from the future sources that are under development. Citizens will have smartphone based apps to monitor air quality and send legally based complaints to authorities for cases of violation of permitted levels of pollution.
- TramTeam: With this app, you will know, at any given time, where the tram is and when it is coming. The App has map of the city, which shows you exact position of the tram. All tram stations are marked with the numbers, and the app will tell you which is the closest.
- Sarajevo Hawkeye: The delay and inaccuracy of public transportation is one of the pressing problems in the city. Wouldn’t it be so much easier to take out your phone and see the exact location of your bus in that specific moment?
- Bri team: We want to provide all necessary information about road conditions and the weather forecast for a specific destination and time interval in states of the Western Balkans. Application/website will also have information for assistance on the road and important phone numbers for particular state.
- Biciklo.me: We want to make Podgorica into a more liveable place by making it more bikeable. We’ll do this by getting the cyclist involved via web platform “Ciklograd” which will collect and create visualizations of the data about the problems and their suggested solutions. Also, we will be regularly presenting this data to the local authorities, and request their action.
- Balkans Inventors: The online platform will contain information and navigation to the nearest /selected destination in relation to the current location of the user for: Bicycle paths, Parking Lots for Bicycles, parking for disabled, facilities with a provided access for people with disabilities, pet-friendly facilities, schedules and stations for city buses, schedules and stations for trains.
- Verbatim: Our idea is based on the Detailed Expense Report 2015 Dataset where we noticed that the List of capital projects 2015 has a considerable gap between the Allocated money and realized projects. Our web app will analyse cases where this gap is beyond a certain percentage, municipality officials should provide an explanation, while citizens can suggest other projects.
- InoCoders: we will ease farmer’s work via a web app which will help others in collecting data about lands to help investors and show them where loam is located. What if you want to invest in wheat? The app can show you the lands where wheat is suitable to cultivate there.
- Tax busters: Our idea relies on a website development that will contain two main components: planning and realization of the public budgets within the municipalities as well as using open data regarding legal framework of the tax system.
These ten teams will come to the finale of the challenge – the bootcamp in Zagreb, Croatia in February 2017, where the winners will be selected by the jury.
Ministry of Data in total awards four prizes:
- Two awards of 2500 USD each, for the two best projects based on open data which takle social issues in Western Balkans
- One award of 2500 USD for the best solution using spatial data: „Spaces in the Balkans“
- One award of 2500 USD for the best solution for one of the cities: Tirana, Gjakova/Djakovo or Podgorica