On 13 June 2019, the EU Datathon 2019 was held in Brussels, Belgium. The annual event aims to stimulate the use and re-use of open data and supports participants in showcasing their data skills and innovative ideas. This year was the third edition of the EU Datathon competition and it was hosted by the Publications Office of the European Union in partnership with the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Participants were invited to develop applications and interactive visualisations that offer new services or insights to citizens, public authorities, and businesses. Participants were required to use at least one dataset made available by EU institutions and can could compete in one of the three challenges:
- Challenge 1: Innovative ideas through EU open data
- Challenge 2: New insights into economics and finance
- Challenge 3: Tackling climate change
The three winning teams were awarded €15,000 each, the runner ups €7,000 each, and the third-place teams €3,000. The 12 finalists - selected from 99 entries across Europe - showcased their open data solutions on the event. The European Data Portal (EDP) was happy to support the EU Datathon 2019 in selecting the finalist as a jury member.
Challenge 1: Innovative ideas through EU open data
The four finalists for Challenge 1 Innovative ideas through EU open data are:
- Smartfiles Network - 1st place
Smartfiles Network is a network that aims to make EU and national case law accessible from any PDF. By doing this, users will have a deeper understanding of the evolution and connectedness of case-law. This network was developed by an Austrian team and uses data from Austrian law data, CURIA, EUR-Lex, E-Justice, and EuroVoc.
- Euromaps - 2nd place
Euromaps is a platform that uses data to tell stories through the map of Europe. The visual maps allow users to discover burgeoning phenomena, to observe the changing climate in different demographics, or see trade between different countries. The platform was developed by a team in Belgium and uses data from Directorate-General for Budget (DG BUDGET) and European Statistics (ESTAT).
- Politicindex - 3rd place
Politicindex is a platform that summarises the promises and achievements of politicians and allows users to compare and filter these promises and achievements. The platform was developed by a German team and uses German election data and EP data.
- EY/EU Funds predictive forecasting impact analytics - 4th place
The EY/EU Funds aims to create a predictive analysis to forecast the future impact of EU funds expenditure in the EU Member States using five socio-economic variables. The team is from Italy and uses data from European structural and investment funds (ESIF) and ESTAT.
Challenge 2: New insights into economics and finance
The four finalists for Challenge 2: New insights into economics and finance are:
- EconCartography: Economic cartography for the European Union - 1st place
EconCartography is a network-based map that shows the European economies and identifies their growth opportunities. This project aims to promote EU inclusiveness and cohesion. The project was developed by an Italian team and uses data from ESTAT and the International Trade Centre.
- Investment Info - 2nd place
Investment Info is an application that uses and compiles investment and macro-economic data to provide an overview of the investment atmosphere and to make forecasts. The app was developed by a Finnish team and uses data from Alpha Vantage, European Commission (EC), ECB, ESTAT, and OECD.
- Bizmap - 3rd place
Bizmap aims to create a decision-making tool that enables small to medium-sized enterprises to visualise the most economically attractive EU regions for their international expansion. The project was developed by a French team and uses data from ECB, Directorate-General for Economics and Financial Affairs (ECFIN) and ESTAT.
- EnvyRState - 4th place
EnvyRState is a tool for visualising and analysing different effects of the real-estate market on the environment. This project includes heat maps, graphics, and continuously provides users with conclusions on the real-estate market with every system update. The project was developed by a Spanish team and uses data from ESTAT.
Challenge 3: Tackling climate change
The four finalists for Challenge 3: Tackling climate change are:
- Chloe Irrigation Systems - 1st place
Chloe is a platform that monitors and optimises irrigation systems using artificial intelligence. The projects goal is to reduce water waste and cost while increasing crop yield. The platform was developed by a Greek team and uses data from Copernicus, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), and the Joint Research Centre (JRC).
- The Blue Time Machine (BTM) - 2nd place
BTM is a digital representation of the past, present and future conditions from our 'blue planet' to tackle climate change. The project was developed by a Spanish team and uses data from Copernicus and EMODnet.
- MindYourFoot - 3rd place
MindYourFoot is a tool that aims to achieve measurable carbon emission reductions by raising awareness and advising people on ways to act to reduce their carbon footprint. The tool was developed by a Belgian team and uses data from Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER), ESTAT, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), OECD, European Data Portal (EDP), JRC, and the European Environment Agency (EEA).
- Open Data Climate Change Insights (ODCCI) - 4th place
ODCCI is a project that leverages data science and open data to enable future generations to fight climate change through the power of technology and education. The project was developed by a German team and uses data from European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), EDP, EEA, ESTAT and JRC.
Thank you to the organisers, participants, visitors and speakers at the event - we look forward to seeing you next year! The EDP is happy to support the EU Datathon again next year and be a jury member to award the most promising proposals.