Open Data Challenge is a national competition for IT projects based on open data.
The Open Data Challenge (ODCh) is a pioneering international competition format for projects rooted in open data, originating from the Open Data Institute (London). Launched in Ukraine in 2017, the competition was established to harness the transformative potential of open data, aligning with the legal definition of public information that allows automated processing and free access. The foundational drive was to spur the creation of services and products that hold substantial social benefits, elevate the efficiency and transparency of government operations, and contribute to diminishing corruption levels in Ukraine.
The ODCh unfolds in a structured series of stages:
The ODCh has delivered noteworthy results over four cycles:
The ODCh has fostered a vibrant community of 19 winning teams and 40 finalists. Many of these teams persist in developing products and services based on open data, contributing to social and economic benefits while enhancing the transparency of government operations.
The ODCh has played a pivotal role in advocating for open data policies and encouraging the publication of data sets. It acts as a communication channel, bridging the public and officials, and has initiated changes by demonstrating the potential impact of open data projects.