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Open Data Competition - Enter now Posted on 05/10/2017 00:00:00 The Department of Finance in NI have launched a competition open to post primary and FE College students. They are giving students the opportunity to take some of the Open Data on Open Data NI and get creative with it. With the help of FabLab, successful entries will get the chance to build their project using the latest ‘cutting-edge’ digital fabrication techniques, such as 3D printing, laser cutting, integration of electronics, etc. This competition is run in conjunction with FabLab Belfast & FabLab Nerve Centre.

What the college could win;

• £1,000 for your school/ FE College

A visit to FabLab to build your idea (all transport and materials costs are covered)

The chance to present your winning visualisation at an open data conference

Your creation to be exhibited to the public to help raise awareness of open data

Entries will be judged based on use of open data, as well as on innovation and impact. Some of our previous BEST Awards student may wish to apply!

Who can enter?

Teams of up to 12 students may enter the competition. 

Entries to be made on behalf of each team by a staff member at the FE College.

Judging Criteria

1. What aspects of the project are innovative? (20%)

Projects will be judged on whether they show an innovative use of open data. Organisers are looking for an open data visualisation that is creative and either has one or a mixture of technical, artistic, mathematical, scientific or engineering skills.

2. The impact of the project (40%)

Projects will be judged on the extent to which they will have an impact (whether that be visually, audibly, haptically, or some combination thereof). The aim of the competition is to show-off open data in a different and striking way and to create a fabrication that could be showcased in a public arena.

3. Extent of use of open data and how effectively this has been incorporated into the fabrication (30%)

Projects will be judged on their use of open data, in particular how effective it is in the finished project. Students must use at least one dataset of government open data from OpenDataNI in their fabrication.

4. The feasibility of your fabrication (10%)

Projects will be judged on how feasible it will be to create their fabrication. Things that would impact on this would include (but is not limited to) budgetary constraints of the competition structure, availability of materials necessary for fabrication, and availability of tools & skills necessary for fabrication within the timeframe of the competition.  

Closing Date

Closing date for applications is 28th November 2017 at 5pm.

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