Team/Indvidual Name

List all persons participating in the event so that we can accurately measure attendance

Project Idea

In no more than 500 words, describe your open data project idea and your chosen technology

Prepare to Travel

You must be prepared to travel to Waterford on 09 November to attend the datathon


Submit your entry details

Guidelines for completing registration

  • Read the ‘Event Details‘ page to ensure you understand what is happening on the day
  • Specify a team name or your own name if an individual entry
  • List the name of every team member participating at the event
  • Provide a valid e-mail address that can be used to contact you (follow-up communications will happen after registration)
  • Your project description should be less than 500 words. It should outline the scope of your idea; you must identify the datasets used (links to, and indicate the form the visualisation will take.
  • You (and all team members) must be aged 16 years or over on the date of the event.

Frequently Asked Questions


What details are required at registration?

Registration is very straightforward. Complete the form above with the details requested. For your submission description, you are encouraged to describe your project idea in less than 500 words (but don’t be too brief!) and should include details of the open datasets that you intend to use, the benefit/observation of the outcome, and the technologies that you will use to implement it. You may use bullet points where it makes sense to do so.

Do I have to submit a presentation at registration time?

A presentation will be required for the day of the datathon. However, you will not be required to submit this with your initial application. Applicants will be given further details after the deadline with respect to the presentation requirements.

Is there a cost?

No. The event and entry is completely free of charge. Funded by the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform, industry sponsors and hosted by Waterford Institute of Technology, this is an open event for all.

Are there any restrictions?

Not really. Entry is open to all persons over the age of 16 to compete as individuals or as part of a team. You must be available to attend on the day and present your submission. Entries cannot be judged without attendance.

Accomodations & Travel

Is there accomodation in the area?

Waterford City is home to a host of great accomodation options, ranging from large hotels, to more beautique offerings, and guest houses also. There are both hotel and guest house offerings within 2 miles of the event venue. A quick search on a travel site such as TripAdvisor or will provide details of these.

Are there rail options to travel?

Waterford City is served by Iarann Ród Eireann rail services from multiple locations throughout the country. Times and frequency of service do vary so be sure to check with your local station for more details.

Are there bus options to travel?

Waterford City is served by multiple national bus services. The primary bus depot is on the city’s quayside (about 4 miles from the venue) but bus operators maintain multiple stop locations that may be closer to the venue. It would be best to check with your local bus services to discover more.

Is the venue easy to reach by car?

If you are arriving by car, Waterford is very well served by primary national routes and motorways. The destination you seek is ArcLabs Waterford (map) and Google Maps Navigation or similarly up-to-date satellite navigation systems will guide you from your origin.

Is parking available?

Free parking is available at the venue but it is limited. Where possible, we encourage teams to car pool to minimise the number of spaces required.

Event Info

When is the datathon taking place?

The datathon will take place on 09 November, at 1000h (GMT). It will be held in the ArcLabs Research & Innovation Centre which is located at Waterford Institute of Technology’s West Campus in Carriganore, Waterford (map).

How long do I have to present for?

Each participant (team) will be allocated a 20-minute slot to present and demonstrate their project.

Is this a full-day event?

The datathon will commence at 1000h (GMT) on 09 November 2018. Participants are encouraged to arrive early so that they can be registered and ready to start. The event will run until 1300h (GMT).

Is the event open to public spectators?

Unfortunately the event is only open to participants (and their teams if applicable) who have registered project ideas.

Will there be WiFi access?

Yes. An open WiFi network will be made available for participants. However, it would be prudent to ensure that presentations to be made on the day are self-contained without reliance on the network, if possible, to avoid any unforeseen connectivity issues. For security reasons, we cannot guarantee that all ports/IP addresses will be reachable.


What happens to my project once submitted?

All submissions to Irish OpenDatathon will be reviewed by a panel of judges. After the event, the assets (files, code, etc) associated with the submissions are required to be published via a GitHub repository – under an open source licence – where they will be freely viewable by the public. The original author(s) will always maintain copyright. 

Do I maintain rights to my idea/intellectual property?

Copyright will be preserved by the original author(s) and no IP assignment to Irish OpenDatathon or any of its associates will be requested.

Does my project have to be code-based?

No.  Anyone who can create a compelling data visualisation using tools at their disposal can enter.  Such tools could include spreadsheets, graphics packages, drawing tools, etc.

Can I use third party code in my project?

You can use any code that is open sourced with an appropriate licence (such as MIT). Code and/or libraries/dependencies that are belonging to another person/organisation and which have not been opensourced in this way are not permissable.

I have a great idea but I don't want to opensource it. Can I still enter the competition?

Unfortunately no. At the outset, the event organisers decided that the competition should very much reflect the nature of the open data that it was using. To yield the greatest possible benefit to the community and possibly government departments, making all developments open source was deemed to be the most appropriate choice. The open source licence applied to the code published will be permissive and author(s) are always free to further develop and enhance their offering without any obligation to update the original submission in the GitHub repository.

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