Meet the winners of EU Datathon 2022!
The 6th edition of EU Datathon, the EU’s open data competition, came to a close on 20 October 2022. The finals took place in Brussels as part of the European Year of Youth and were streamed online to a world-wide audience. We are thrilled to announce the winners!
Empowering young people in the job market, reducing greenhouse emissions, and bringing European cultural heritage closer to citizens: these were some of the ambitions put forward by the 12 finalist teams of this year’s EU Datathon. The teams were shortlisted from an initial 156 entries from 38 countries, the highest participation in the competition´s history, and competed in four categories, all highly relevant to the challenges Europe faces today: the European Green Deal, transparency in public procurement, EU public procurement opportunities for young people, and a Europe fit for the digital age.
Prior to the finals, the finalists had the opportunity to present their ideas for apps built on EU open data in a series of videos while, on the final day, they pitched their polished apps to the jury of 14 open data experts and the online audience.
In his opening speech, Commissioner Johannes Hahn praised the teams´ innovative approaches underlining that 'There is also a strong positive impact on accountability, transparency, participation, inclusion and democracy, supporting core European values'. In her welcome speech, Ms Hilde Hardeman, Director General of the Publications Office of the EU, highlighted that 'The European Union is well aware of the immense opportunities data offer. We are truly determined to make the most out of these, for our citizens, economies, societies'.
The winners of challenge 1: The European Green Deal
1st place: CROZ renEUwable team – Personalised recommendations for energy savings (Croatia)
2nd place: MyBioEUBuddy – Helping farmers and local governments find the ‘EU buddy region’ (France, Montenegro)
3rd place: Green Land Dashboard for Cities – Visualise the evolution of green areas in Europe (Italy)
The winners of challenge 2: Transparency in public procurement
1st place: Free Software Foundation Europe e.V. – Visualise the links between businesses, the public sector and individuals involved in the EU public procurement (Germany)
2nd place: The AI-Team – Trace the amounts and values of awarded contracts all the way to the company owners (Germany)
3rd place: EMMA – A prevention and early detection tool against fraud (France)
The winners of challenge 3: EU public procurement opportunities for young people
1st place: Hermix – A tool for strategic marketing analysis of the business-to-government (B2G) market (Belgium, Romania)
2nd place: YouthPOP – Empowering young job seekers and young entrepreneurs to engage in public procurement processes (Greece)
3rd place: HasPopEU – Enhancing job and skill matching, with a focus on young people, migrants and small and medium-sized enterprises (Romania)
The winners of challenge 4: A Europe fit for the digital age
1st place: Lobium/Gavagai – Producing intelligence for journalists so they can scrutinise the legislative arenas in a better and faster manner (Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom)
2nd place: 100 Europeans – Big challenges translated into relatable stories in which Europe is a community of just 100 people (Greece)
3rd place: UNIOR NLP – Your guide to cultural content across Europe (Italy)
Public Choice Award:
CROZ renEUwable team – Going green has never been easier (Croatia)
We congratulate the teams on their success and wish them the best for the future of their applications.
The EU Datathon competition is organised annually by the Publications Office of the European Union in support of the European Strategy for Data. The 2022 edition had the active support of over 20 partners, representing open data stakeholders from both inside and outside the EU institutions.
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