On the 2nd December the organisers of Apps4Cities Challenge announced the names of four winners and one project which received a special award. The awards ceremony was held during Prize Gala where jury and special guests congratulated the participants.
“DIRECTLY”, “Open School”, Allmuseums and Unified Accounting System of Energy Consumption were awarded 3000$ certificates. Short info about the winners:
- «DIRECTLY» - mobile application that shows nearest public restrooms and shortest routes to them;
- «Open School» - service that monitors group sizes, educational level and achievements of both students and teachers in Ukrainian school;
- Allmuseums - project which is going to collect current information about Ukrainian museums such as free entrance days;
- Unified Accounting System of Energy Consumption - online tool which allows free access to monitoring and analysis of information about energy consumption.
Associate of the contest, - IT Education Academy , - gave special award to the project Good School. ITEA offers comprehensive educational programme with various IT courses. The ITEA representative Maryna Liudvychenko noted, that educational project has been chosen as the academy itself is educational.
- Good school – is an application which helps to choose the best school, based on the open data sources about educational level, criminal situation in the surrounding area, number of staff and students, results of EIT and educational contests.
Ruslana Velychko-Tryfoniuk, project coordinator of “City Data/Apps4Cities” in the Civic Network OPORA opened the awards ceremony. She recounted the development of the contest, the amount of talented people united together by it, and told about the obstacles which occurred during the project. The biggest difficulties were connected with preparation of the open data which could have been be used by contestants.
The member of jury, chairwoman of Civic Network OPORA, Olha Aivazovska congratulated the participants and admitted that at first she was surprised the application about public restrooms was so popular but it catered to the needs of citizens as much as the other projects.
Milan Lelich, a journalist of Focus Magazine, also attended the ceremony. He invigorated contestants by saying that it is not only important to dream but to reach set goals. He added that participants are the people who not simply want something but know how to make it real.
Olexandr Zacheshygryva, the member of jury, director of business development in IT company “De Novo” and coordinator of e-Government course, also visited Prize Gala. In his speech Olexandr Zacheshygryva explained how essential it is not only to preserve open data but to use it.
Apps4Cities Challenge team congratulates the winners and encourages them to prepare for the next stage of services and apps’ incubation. This phase will start in the nearest future.
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The voting of Apps4Cities Challenge has finished. On December, the 2nd 4 teams of finalists will get 3000$ each and a chance to incubate their projects. Three winners have been chosen by the jury, one more have been chosen by users during the online voting. The awards ceremony is going to be on December, the 2nd.
All teams developed their projects using open data sources - the information which has been gathered by government on different levels. Now this information is obligatory for promulgation.
In addition to four main prizes, the finalists have a chance to get a special prize - a free course at IT Educational Academy.
The incubation will last from the 5th December, 2016 to the 31st January, 2017.
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