Winners of EU Datathon 2020 announced
During the online finals of the 18th European Week of Regions and Cities, the winners of the fourth edition of the EU Datathon were announced. EU Datathon is an annual competition that invites people passionate about data to develop new, innovative apps that make good use of the EU’s numerous open datasets. Up for grabs was the prize of €100,000 and the Public Choice Award. The following teams won: for challenge 1, ‘A European Green Deal’, GeoFluxus (Belgium, Greece, Lithuania); challenge 2: ‘An economy that works for people’, Team FinLine (United Kingdom); challenge 3: ‘A new push for European democracy’, Next Generation Democracy (Denmark); challenge 4: ‘A Europe fit for the digital age’, Digital Forest Dryads of Copernicus (Romania) and Team FinLine for the ‘Public Choice Award’. Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, commented: “With 121 submissions from all over the world, this year’s participation was the largest in the competition’s history. This great interest in open data shows that we can make a better use of the huge amount of open information that we have at our disposal and we plan to do so in order to improve our policy-making and, most importantly, people’s lives.” Commissioner for Budget and Administration, Johannes Hahn, added: “I congratulate the 12 finalist teams for having presented excellent ideas for concrete business models and social enterprises. They have all sparked off suitable innovative approaches and solutions to help Europe address key challenges by using EU open data.” The EU Datathon is organised every year by the Publications Office of the European Union in close collaboration with the European Commission. More information on the winners and their projects can be found here.