OpenDataNI Challenge

June 14, 2016

Have you an idea of how to use open data to develop a teaching resource or tool?

Enter the OpenDataNI Challenge to be in with the chance of winning £20,000 to develop your idea

Applicants are asked to harness the power of public sector open data on OpenDataNI in the development of new teaching resources which can be used by schools. The resource can be developed for either primary or secondary level education.

The proposal is left deliberately wide so that solutions could be pitched using open data to provide rich resources across a range of subjects within the NI curriculum such as environmental, social and geographical topics as well as maths, computer programming etc.


The competition will be run in two phases.

Phase 1 – applicants are asked to submit a paper based proposal for their teaching resource/tool. From these applications, 6 will be awarded £2,500 and given 6 weeks to develop their idea to a prototype

Phase 2 – 2 of the 6 prototypes will be selected to receive £20,000 each and given 15 weeks to develop a fully working teaching resource

Info evening

An Info evening sponsored by Ulster University was held on Tuesday 21st June 2016. An article about the evening can be found here.

Need more data?

If there is a public sector data set which you wish to use for your application that is not already on OpenDataNI then please use the Suggest Data page and we will try and ensure that it is published as soon as possible if the data is releasable.


Flyer – if you wish to print out and place somewhere to promote the competition

This competition is now closed

Closing date for applications is 28th September 2016 at 5pm.

Judging Criteria

Judging criteria can be found here.

Competition terms and conditions

Terms and conditions can be found here.

If you have any questions or queries not fully covered in the terms and conditions etc please feel free to use the contact us link at the top right of this page.

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.