The third edition of the Open Data Hackathon for students and startups got its winner. The Data Grabbers team offered the most creative software solution within the Hackathon organized by the Metamorphosis Foundation for Internet and Society from March 24 to 27 within the USAID Civic Engagement Project.

24 participants applied for participation in the Hackathon and five working teams were formed. The teams were tasked with developing software solutions for data visualization, linking two or more databases, or facilitating the process of updating publicly available databases made available by one or more public institutions.

The winning team Data Grabbers offered a concept for a web application that will enable mapping of all pharmaceutical and healthcare facilities in North Macedonia, as well as a comparison of product and service prices. In the next few months, the winning team will work with the Metamorphosis Foundation to further develop the software solution.

The team will receive $ 3,000 in financial support to complete the demo version into a functional application.

Using open data, through innovative ideas and application of existing knowledge, creative teams from many sectors had the opportunity to offer software solutions that will benefit citizens, using open data from publicly available databases of institutions. Open data, in addition to increasing citizens’ trust in institutions through transparency and accountability of the authorities, can have a positive impact on the business, academic and civil society sectors. They are extremely important for creating new products and services that can facilitate and improve the daily life of citizens.