The Open Data Challenge Series run by Nesta and the Open Data Institute is pleased to bring the forthcoming Jobs Challenge to the city of Manchester in April 2015. They will be hosting the Creation Weekend in Manchester on 25/26 April which will be an opportunity for invited teams to come together and develop/pitch their ideas, with a chance to become one of three finalists. They are keen to make sure that there is a good representation of teams from the North West who make it through. To note, the challenge is not a hack and any team wanting to participate will need to submit an application by 30th March via their platform – http://collabfinder.com/groups/jobs-open-data-challenge
In terms of more background on the challenge, it’s designed to get entrepreneurs, designers and citizens to come up with products and services that ‘use open data to help people find better jobs or create new jobs.’ The team have put together user research and an analysis of some of the available and relevant data to help people access the challenge and come up with great user centred ideas that use open data to have a social impact. Broader info about the Challenge is here: http://www.nesta.org.uk/jobs-open-data-challenge
Ultimately, the three finalists (who receive £5,000 and incubation support during the process) and the final winner (who receives £50,000 overall prize) will go on to launch sustainable products and services which will hopefully have an impact for local people in Manchester and the North West.
- participate in the challenge by submitting an idea for a product or service by the deadline at midday on Monday 30th March
- attend the pitching session at the Creation Weekend on Sunday 26th April from 1400 – 1700
- spread the word amongst our communities and networks to increase the number of Manchester based teams participating
Please consider entering the challenge or sending this blog post to anyone who you think might be interested. If you’d like more info you can tweet @odchallenges on Twitter or contact Briony (firstname.lastname@example.org)