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Apps4Gaps is an international competition from Ireland where young people can provide concepts and create applications with Open Data. With this competition, the organisers want to make people aware of the abundance of data being created these days and the potential it brings. As the available data touches on nearly all possible subjects, it could benefit society in areas as diverse as transport, housing, planning, education, communications and health.

The competition is open to two categories of teams which may consist of up to 3 persons. The first category of teams originates from the educational system, in particular students enrolled in a primary, a second-level school or third level college. The second category of eligible teams and participants from outside the education system can either represent an organisation or participate individually. Each type of team is to develop new applications which have to make use of at least one of the required Open Data sets of the Ireland's Open Data Portal. For both categories of teams, the best working apps will be awarded with prizes up to €1,500 for the team.

The competition has been launched in October and is open for registration of projects until 27 January 2017. Once registered, projects have until 7 April to submit their entries after which the winning teams will be presented on 26 May. Are you using one of the freely available Open Data sets on the World Wide Web? Take a look at this competition and join!

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