Last spring, the Austrian government launched the open4data.at challenge 2016 "Daten suchen Ideen, Ideen suchen Daten" (Data is looking for ideas, ideas are looking for data) to identify and support innovative Open Data initiatives. The organisers received 44 submissions with Open Data ideas, projects and solutions, indicating a big enthusiasm for the challenge. To actively involve the community, this year's winners were not only selected by the 14 jury members but were also 'crowd reviewed'. The crowd consisted of 228 citizens who submitted 975 online reviews on the projects, supporting the selection process.
The winners of the challenge were awarded by State Secretary Mrs Duzdar in the Congress Hall of the Federal Chancellery. Prior to announcing the successful candidates, the State Secretary made a statement about the importance of Open Data for the Austrian Government "Open Data ist wesentlich, um Österreich digital fit zu machen" (Open Data is essential to make Austria digitally fit), stressing the importance of Open Data for a digital Austria. This was followed by a presentation of the winners of the challenge of each of the three categories. The category "Idea" was won by "23° - die Welt in Zahlen" with an idea of mapping numerical data, the best Dataset was found in "Bedarfsverkehre in Österreich" on public transport and the best Solution was presented by "Wave" which uses Open Data to give spoken answers on questions about the city.
Want to know more about the award ceremony or the other nominated applications? Read more by following the link below.