“Ministry of Data” was an open data challenge focuses on solutions for improving the transparency, inclusiveness and quality of life in cities of the Western Balkans.
By co-organising this challenge TechSoup’s aim was to encourage, support and demand from public administration to proactively publish data for reuse. On the other hand, we wanted people to use this data to improve their cities.
Ministry of Data improved the supply of data and ensure transparency. On the other hand we supported the demand, strengthen all stakeholders that use the data for public good or profit, and ensure growth and transparency. We also invested in IT skills and digital competences in the region as well as good (local) governance.
The top ten teams from both track 1 (Cities of Tomorrow) and track 2 (My City Can Do Better) were invited to a bootcamp in Zagreb, Croatia. It was an intensive weekend where seasoned experts helped the finalists build up their projects and presentation skills. At the end of the bootcamp, finalists used all the advice to dazzle a jury with an elevator pitch.
The two winning projects were:
Dream Green Machine Team, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Tax Busters, Serbia
Three other prizes went to:
Ministry of Data was designed by UNDP and is this year implemented by GONG and TechSoup.
It is financially supported by the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and GDI Group.