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Open Data NI Challenge – #ODNI4EDU

Can you think of an innovative and sustainable way to use Open Data for education and teaching purposes? Teaching maths? Empowering learners? Learning about the environment?

OpenDataNI are running their first Open Data Challenge #ODNI4EDU – in conjunction with CCEA, Digital Catapult NI, NI Science Park, Ulster University and ODI Belfast.


The requirements are:

  • the product should be a learning resource or teaching tool aimed at primary or secondary level education
  • it needs to use at least one open dataset from the OpenDataNI portal, and can make use of other datasets from elsewhere

There is no restriction on the subject of learning, but keep in mind the areas of learning in the Northern Ireland Curriculum

If the data you need isn’t on the OpenDataNI Portal, ask for it (and let the ODNI team know that it’s for the competition!)


Phase 1

  • Submit a paper-based proposal.
  • 6 successful contestants will each be awarded £2,500 to further develop a prototype of their proposal over a 6 week period

Phase 2

  • 2 of the 6 prototypes will each be awarded £20,000 to produce a fully working product over 15 weeks


What happens after?

  • Developers will retain intellectual property rights of their product, but it will be made free for use in Northern Ireland’s primary and post-primary schools.
  • You will still be able to market and sell your product to other jurisdictions and educating bodies.


Closing date for applications is 28 September 2016

Full details and how to apply here

More info from the information evening


The competition is jointly funded by the Department of Finance and the Department for the Economy on behalf of the Northern Ireland Digital Catapult and is supported by the NI Science Park, ODI Belfast, and Ulster University.

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