The competition, which is jointly funded by the Department of Finance and the Department for the Economy on behalf of the Northern Ireland Digital Catapult, is themed ‘Using Open Data for Education’.
Announcing the competition, Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said: “We need to look beyond traditional ways of delivering services and Open Data is a valuable resource which can help stimulate the development of new products, goods and services. This competition will provide an opportunity to engage with the local software development community to develop innovative ways to use open data for teaching.”
The open data portal brings together a range of data from government departments and other public sector organisations and is free to copy, adapt, commercially exploit and publish. Applicants are asked to harness the power of public sector open data on the portal in the development of new teaching resources which can be used by schools here. The resource can be developed for either primary or secondary level education.
Further details on the competition and how to apply can be found here.
An engagement evening will be held on 21 June from 6pm - 8pm at the Ulster University Belfast campus. Potential applicants will have the opportunity to hear and interact with representatives from the teaching community. Registration for the Info evening is essential - Please register here.
The competition is supported by Ulster University, CCEA, ODI Belfast, NI Digital Catapult and the NI Science Park.