On 24 November 2016, Ministry of Data, in cooperation with Metamorphosis Foundation, held a Ministry of Data meetup that took place in Cresha Bar in Skopje. The event’s aim was to inform all interested citizens, organizations and companies on the opportunity that Ministry of Data offers to everyone who will take part in this regional challenge for creating apps, which supports youth’s creative potential, open data and technology’s progress for inclusive management in the Western Balkans. Ideas that will originate during this event will be related to the way of how we can transform our cities and improve governance, effectiveness and public participation on local level via visualizations/analytics, mobile apps and other e-solutions. Two teams that will take part in the challenge will win tailored mentorship schemes and a prize of 2500 USD. Also, the best visualizations/analytics, mobile apps and other e-solutions that use spatial data will win an additional prize of 2500 USD. The first part of the informal meeting saw the presentation of videos of Relatewith.it and Warsaw Ninjas, last year’s winning ideas, which spurred the attendees to start discussion, ask questions and brainstorm ideas. Additionally, the first part of the meeting was used for presentation of the openprocurement.mk web app, which is an example of how open data are gathered from institutions in the Republic of Macedonia, the challenges ICT4Change faced during the creation of the app as well as tips for everyone that wants to take part in this challenge. During the second part, the participants had a Skype conversation with a Ministry of Data representative, who explained the conditions and form of application.
What is Ministry of Data?
Ministry of Data is a regional app challenge that supports youth’s creative potential, open data and technology’s progress for inclusive management in the Western Balkans. If you have an idea how to transform our cities and enhance management, effectiveness and public’s engagement in cities, and if you are 18 or more, we invite you to join us! The application deadline is 5 December 2016.