For our project Apps for Europe, Marleen Stikker spoke with Eurocommissionar Neelie Kroes about open data, the new European legislation regarding this topic and opportunities that releasing information creates. For the economy or education, for example.
Neelie Kroes wants all the stakeholders to start taking risks, for example when it comes to opening administrative or political data: "Risk avoiding behaviour should not be allowed. Let's make this a success and dare to take risks."
At the hackathon organized by Hack the Government on June 29, one could visit the Business Lounge, one of the first activities of the project Apps for Europe. In this Business Lounge, open data startups could pitch their concept for investors. In several speed date rounds, they got to know each other and at the end of the day, a winner was selected: iKringloop.
This startup will pitch in Manchester for international investors during the conference Future Everything. iKringloop was one of the entries of Apps for Amsterdam in 2012. The past year, iKringloop was guided by Apps for Amsterdam and Appsterdam to become an acutal start-up that is now on its way to conquer the European market.