The Open Data Maker’s Challenge was directed towards young entrepreneurs and students. Participants were invited to create a prototype product or service that responds to one of five specific innovation areas and submit their ideas online for consideration by the judges. The Open Data Maker's Challenge is now closed for 2016 submissions. 

Challenge Question

What practical solution may allow us to better utilize, collect, and/or make more accessible open data to ultimately improve our food system?

We are seeking solutions that fit into one of the following categories:

  1. Improve Growing Plant Innovations: Using open data to improve how and where we grow our food.

  2. Empower the Crowd: Using open data to improve how we leverage the crowd’s actions and knowledge to create a better food system.

  3. Improve Nutrition and Health: Using open data to improve how we track, make available, and improve nutrition in our daily diets.

  4. Deliver Climate Smart Agriculture: Using open data to improve agriculture’s resilience in the face of a changing climate.

  5. Meet the Protein Frontier: Using open data to improve how we address the growing demand for protein, and the opportunity for more sustainable and alternative proteins.

The full list of rules, eligibility, judging rubric, prizes, and submission requirements,

is available here: Track B Challenge Guide

Applications for this challenge have now closed. Finalists will be contacted by 22nd August and announced at the GODAN Summit 2016. If you would still like to participate in one of our innovation activities, we'd love to see you in New York for the Hackathon - read on for more details.

Demonstration hackathon

During the GODAN Summit 2016 we will also offer an opportunity to participate in and witness a demonstration hackathon in progress. This event will involve a 1.5day Open Data Hackathon where young innovators will take their shot at forming a team, creating a solution and pitching it against selected finalists from the Open Data Maker’s Challenge (Track B). Winning teams within this demonstration hackathon will receive cash prizes, mentorship, and the opportunity to join the project finalists pre-selected from online submissions (who are competing for the grande finale of the GODAN Global Open Data Challenge).

More details coming soon, but if you are interested, sign-up here by 29 August to request a ticket:

If you are successful, you will receive a personalised code via email. You must use this code to register for the GODAN Summit as per the instructions provided.

*Please note that as the demonstration hackathon is a local event, transport/accommodation for this event will not be provided.

The Open Data Challenge adn Hackathon is sponsored by GODAN and powered by Thought for Food and PUSH.


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