Apps for Europe - turning data into business - created a thematic network to organise competitions for using open data, to stimulate the winners to start business ventures, and maximise the socio-economic impact and overall benefits of open data. It contributed to the open data policy of the Commission and stimulates the reuse of public sector information from governmental, scientific and cultural sources.
The project brought together 19 partners from ten countries that have a background in hosting and facilitating open data competitions, providing data and supporting business ventures. Together they built on and aligned 20 existing local and national open data competitions held over the two years by the partners and stimulated the participants to turn their inventions into viable businesses.
The project developed a new, transferable and tested programme, that increases the business knowledge and potential for success of participants in open data competitions: the Business Lounge. The Business Lounge educated developers in creating and commercialising apps with market potential. Waag Society developed a guide on organizing a successfull Business Lounge (see under Publications).
Waag Society acted as coordinator of this project. Partners in this project were:
This project has received funding from Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme of the European Commission.