Event Info


What you need to know

Irish OpenDatathon Call

As part of its Open Data Strategy, the Government endeavours to publish all appropriate public-sector data, to open up ‘opportunities for research, innovation, engagement and greater efficiency for all sectors of the economy’. It publishes 8720 datasets from 103 publishers on its open data portal at https://data.gov.ie. These public sector data cover many areas, including health, housing, transport, arts, agriculture, and lots more.

The Irish OpenDatathon has been organised to both promote these open datasets and to showcase the innovative thinking from members of the public, regarding the possible usage of this data. The datathon is both sponsored and promoted by the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform’s Open Data Unit.


First prize winner will receive €1000 and runner-up prizes for second and third place will also be awarded.

The Challenge

There are two steps to this challenge.

  1. Submit your application to us on or before Friday, 02 November. This can be any innovative use of open data – for example code-based implementation, an infographic, a clever spreadsheet or any other mechanism that creates a visualisation of two or more of the available open datasets.
  2. We would then like you to join us at the Open Datathon event on 09 November and give a short presentation on your submission. A template will be provided for you after you complete your initial application. This presentation should have visual impact and explain how and why you used your particular datasets.

Note – shortlisting may apply; you or a team member must be available to present at the event on 09 November

Key Information
Deadline for your submission: Your entry should be submitted to us no later than 5.00pm Friday, 02 November.
How do I submit? Simply complete the registration form on the ‘register‘ page.
You have some questions or need some clarification? No problem, contact us at on info@irishopendatathon.com at your convenience
Datathon event requiring your presence: Friday morning 10.00-1.00, 09 November, ArcLabs, WIT West Campus.

Judging of entries will be based upon:

  • Presentation: Each entrant have 20 minutes to present their entry to the judging panel on the day of the event. The presentation itself will be appraised as part of the judging process.
  • Visual Impact: When conveying the results of data analysis, visual impact is a key factor. Entries will be appraised with respect to visual impact and clarity.
  • Depth: The complexity and insightfulness of the data analysis will be considered when the entry is judged. More complex analysis involving a greater number than the minimum requirement of two datasets will be acknowledged.
  • Reusability: In keeping with a philosophy of openness and transparency, entries must be reproducible by others at a future date, possibly with new or revised datasets. E.g. if the entry is an infographic, the analysis algorithms should be provided with the entry and any templates used to create the infographic should be readable by a freely available software package. If the entry is software-based, the datasets should be easily updatable when the original data changes or is updated. Entries must also come with explanatory text to help future researchers to correctly reconstruct your visualisation independently.

No singular merit distinguishes any entry. Graphical displays of clearly presented data are equal to those of code-based solutions and will be judged on the headings outlined above.

Note: all submissions will be made available publicly after the event in digital form, in the spirit of open data. Creators will retain all intellectual property rights associated with their entries but agree to publish the submitted version thereof under a suitable open source licence (i.e. MIT).


Basic Details

The Irish OpenDatathon is a ‘Unifying Data Visualisations Hackathon’ taking place in Waterford City on 09 November 2018. Its aim is to develop visualisations of any combination of the machine-readable datasets published by the Government.
Participants will be required beforehand to synthesise two or more different datasets from the National Open Data Portal into a visualisation that could provide a new insight or expose a new correlation.
on the day

How does it work?

The datathon will be a one-day event and on that day the successful entries will be judged. However, the ideas can be developed during the period leading up to the datathon itself, with time on the day allocated to presentations and demonstration of the submissions. At the end of the one-day event, each idea will be placed in a public repository where the developers will be given the opportunity to further develop the idea. The resultant work will be made availble to the public via a GitHub repository, under a permissive open source licence, allowing the code to be freely accessed, adapted, and used by all.

Participants may borrow and be influenced by ideas from Open Knowledge Ireland who have many examples of using open data from Irish sources.


Winners will receive…

The Irish OpenDatathon offers a substantial first prize to the best idea as judged on the day of the event. This year’s top prize is €1000. In addition to the overall winner of the event, all participants will have their projects showcased in the event’s GitHub repository where they can be downloaded by the public and enjoyed by a wider audience of interest parties, giving developers the recognition they deserve for their efforts.

Primary Aspects of the Event

Open Competition

Anybody over the age of 16 who wishes to enter as an individual or as a team, is welcome to do so – there is no entry fee.

Attractive Prizes

A first prize worth €1,000 awaits the winner of the competition. There will be runner-up prizes for second and third placed entries.

Guest Speakers

Guest speakers on the day from respected leaders in the IT and data domains – a full lineup will be published shortly.

Open Data Learning

Create new unique insights and make new discoveries based on open data.

Networking Opportunity

Meet like-minded peers and other participants, from different walks of life, to exchange ideas, examine developments submitted to the competition and make new contacts.

Opensource Outputs

Your submission will become an open source output that will live on in the event’s GitHub repository – your stamp on the open data domain and contribution to furthering its usage.
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