App happy: take part in the Council's open data challenge

Individuals and groups are invited to make use of City of Edinburgh Council data to develop ideas for improving the lives of people living in, working in and visiting Edinburgh.

The annual EdinburghApps event will kick off with a design workshop weekend on Saturday, 6 February and Sunday 7 February, where key challenges will be revealed.

This year, the competition will focus on the theme of Health and Wellbeing, with participants expected to develop apps, websites and other digital tools to benefit the public using Council data.

Entrants will then have five weeks to work on their ideas before pitching them at a judging and awards event on 13 March. On 27 February a drop-in ‘clinic’ will allow competitors to work with organisers to develop their proposals further.

Councillor Frank Ross, Digital Champion, said: “EdinburghApps has proved a worthwhile and successful event since launching, leading to the development of a range of creative and innovative solutions.

“I am pleased to see Health and Wellbeing as the focus of this year’s event, which is a priority for city, and look forward to seeing some of the ideas to result from the forthcoming challenge.”

Winners of EdinburghApps, which is open to all tech and design SMEs and start-ups, academics and interested parties, will be offered business support and the opportunity to work with the Council to develop their concept. 

The annual event, which was first held in 2013, supports the Council’s Open Data strategy and has generated a number of successful products since launching.

These include Recycling Edinburgh, a location app for finding recycling facilities around the city, and Neatebox, a mobile tool which allows visually impaired people to activate street crossings from their smartphones.

Anyone interested in taking part in EdinburghApps should register on the Eventbrite page or email edinburghapps@edinburgh.gov.uk.

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