Two Norwegian and one Danish team took home the Nordic Open Data Challenge prize at Slush 2015.
During this year's Nordic Open Data Week, Nordic Innovation asked all hackathon organisers to nominate their winning teams for a special Nordic Innovation Prize. Up to two teams from each Nordic country could win a travel grant and attendance at Slush 2015 in Helsinki.
In total, seven teams were nominated and won a trip to Slush (one team later withdrew). At Slush, the hackers competed in the Nordic Open Data Challenge at the pitching stage Thursday 12 November. With only 3 minutes each, they had to pitch their open data idea for a Nordic jury, who went on to pick three winners who received 50.000 NOK and the glory that goes with it.
We are now proud to announce that Biocaching (NO), H4O (NO) and SpaceInvaders (DK) ended up as the lucky winners.
Both Biocaching and H4O are working on apps. Biocaching will let you register animal and plant species in the nature in a fun and inspiring way, while H4O, or Humans 4 Ocean, have made an app where divers can register waste on the seabed. SpaceInvaders are on the other hand working with using open data to find and rent spaces in the city.
In total, six teams competed in the Nordic Open Data Challenge. The three that unfortunately were not picked by the jury was:
- Datakartan.se (SE)
- Map of Opportunities (SE)
- Open Sports (FI)
The strong Nordic jury consisted of:
- Teemu Ropponen from Open Knowledge Foundation (FI)
- Berglind Hallgrímsdóttir from Innovation Center Iceland
- Alexander Alvsilver from Vinnova (SE)