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Apps For Europe: Take your Open Data application to the next level.

- October 21, 2014 in apps for europe, Business Lounge, competition, Events, Featured, hackathon, Open Data

Have you participated in an hackathon this year? And are you ready to build a start up around your application? Or are you still tweaking your open data application idea and do you consider turning that idea into a viable start-up? If your app is using Open Data as a resource than we have the perfect opportunity for you. At Apps for Europe we want to connect the best Open Data applications to a crowd of European investors, incubators and accelerators. But to be allowed to participate during the international business lounge at Future Everything festival, you need to prove your application is worth the attention. That’s why we want to help out with a few thorough preparation sessions: On saturday the 8th of November we’re organising a pre-business lounge in Ghent. This pre-business lounge will go down during Drupalcamp 2014 in Ghent on the ‘Schoonmeersen Campus’ of HoGent. During the camp we will give a introduction session on ‘Making money with Open Data’, where we discuss open data business models and examples of succesful implementations. Afterwards there is a ‘how-to-pitch’ session in the afternoon with live try-outs where other participants are your soundboard, enabling you to tweak your business pitch perfectly. So on one day you will learn to write the ideal Open Data business pitch. Interested? Let us know you’re coming through and register on (it’s free!) pastedGraphic Next Steps After the pre-business lounge you will be ready to pitch your application to the whole of Europe. But to be a finalist for the international business lounge in Manchester during Future Everything Festival you need to prove yourself. This can be done in two separate ways.
  1. You submit your application online on the Apps for Europe website. A grand jury of experts will decide which application will go through to the international business lounge.

  2. You can attend one of the local business lounges. The winner of each local business lounge also gets a direct ticket to the final international business lounge.

Tip: You can enter the online competition and participate in the local business lounge with the samen application. For Belgium, the local Business Lounge will be on the 3rd of December during the Opening-Up Conference. There you will be able to give a 5 minute pitch to a jury of 5 accelerators / incubators, open data experts and start ups. Convince them of your application and win the local business lounge, which is also good practice for the international business lounge. If you want to join us as a contestant, send a mail to It’s not obligatory to have attended the pre-business lounge to enter the local business lounge, but it recommended for early stage open data ideas or people who are new to pitching their idea. And if we can’t convince you, maybe Nigel Williams can. So come to the local business lounge or pre-business lounge to promote or build upon your open data idea or application. If you have questions about the business lounge or the online competition, let us know and we will be happy to answer them.

Die Gewinner von Apps for Europe 2014

- April 5, 2014 in Apps4EU, Business Lounge, Featured, offene Daten, Open Data, Startup

FutureEverything Summit  2013 - Image by TAPE | Die Gewinner der ersten Runde des  Wettbewerbs Apps for Europe wurden am 1. April auf der internationalen Konferenz FutureEverything 2014 in Manchester ausgelobt. Um Entwicklern von datengetriebene Anwendungen dabei zu helfen, ihre Prototypen in Startups und tragfähige Unternehmen zu verwandeln, ergänzt Apps for Europe lokale Apps-Wettbewerbe mit dem Format “Business Lounge“. Hier werden die Entwickler darin unterstützt ein Geschäftsmodell für ihre Idee zu entwickeln, einen Business plan zu schreiben und diesen vor Investoren zu “pitchen”. Erfolgreiche Kandidaten konnten sich dann mit ihrer App und ihrem Business Plan bei der ersten pan-europäischen Business Lounge bewerben. Von den hunderten von Teilnehmern der ersten Runde des hatte eine hochkarätige Jury eine Vorauswahl von 10 Finalisten nach Manchester eingeladen. Diese hatten dort die Gelegenheit ihre Apps dem Publikum von FutureEverything vorzustellen sowie ihren Business Plan in einer Startup Masterclasses unter Anleitung von namhaften Experten weiterzuentwickeln. Auf der abendlichen Award Ceremony wurden schließlich die beiden Gewinner ausgelobt, einer von der Jury und einer vom Publikum.

Jury prize: BikeCityGuideThis app was created by two former bike couriers; it guides cyclists on bike friendly routes with less traffic for a safe and easy bike ride, point to point routing is available offline. The app also recommends tours connecting points of interest in the city. There are already packages for more than thirty European cities and new cities are constantly being added. There is a voting page online, which encourages users to vote for the next city they want the app to cover.

Audience prize: NostalgeoAn app which combines contemporary street views with old postcards in order to create street views of the past. As well as using existing open data it will get people from all over Europe to put their old postcards online. Users will be able to create walks based on shared old maps and postcard stories. Nostalgeo was created by Nazka Mapps.

Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Es wird interessant sein die Entwicklung der beiden Gewinner, aber auch die der 10 Finalisten und aller anderen Projekte zu beobachten die bei Apps for Europe teilgenommen haben. Denn wir sind erst am Anfang des Prozesses aus offenen Daten Anwendungen und Apps zu bauen, die einen echten Mehrwert für die Gesellschaft bringen. Nach dem Wettbewerb ist vor dem Wettbewerb. Apps for Europe wird auch weiterhin den Teilnehmern von lokalen Apps Wettbewerbe, Code Sprints und Hackathons dabei helfen etwas aus ihrer App zu machen. Die zweite Runde der pan-europäischen Business Lounge wird demnächst bekannt gegeben. Stay tuned! Apps for Europe ist ein von der Europäischen Kommission gefördertes Unterstützernetzwerk mit dem Ziel, den Entwicklern von datengetriebene Apps dabei zu helfen diese in Startups und tragfähige Unternehmen zu verwandeln. Die Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland ist Teil dieses Netzwerks. Weiter Informationen über unser Konsortium finden Sie unter: Im Anhang finden Sie die Pressemitteilung zur Preisverleihung (PDF, Englisch).