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Building apps with Open Data

Competition to stimulate the re-use of Open Data

The Apps4Gaps competition has successfully run each year from 2014 to 2016. It encourages participants to use open datasets from the Irish Open Data portal to produce apps. Apps4Gaps is now developing as an international competition aimed at encouraging young people to provide ideas and create applications that will innovate in fresh ways and exploit Open Data that could benefit society in such areas as transport, housing, planning, education, communications and health. In this year's competition, the European Data Portal has been added as an optional data source for participants.

The aim of the competition is to enable participants to learn or increase their skills in computer programming, utilise the opportunities presented by Open Data, and be challenged in creating technologies such as mobile apps that can exploit the economic and social material presented. Teams of 3-4 people collaborate on each app submitted. This year nearly 50 teams have entered the competition including a small number of international entries.

All datasets on the Irish and European Open Data Portals can be used, and the winners will be announced on 26 May 2017. Would you like to know more about this competition and stay informed about the winners? Read this article or visit the Apps4Gaps website.

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