Together We Open Data Competition

The only competition for applications built on open data

About the competition

Together We Open Data Competition awards the best application built on open data. The purpose of this competition is to support new services for the public and to make social and economic potential of open data and open source technology more visible. The awarded applications contribute to public participation in public affairs, help people in their daily lives, bring transparency to the functioning of the public administration, combine the use of open data with open source or they highlight some major social issue.

Competitors from the public, non-profit organizations, public institutions, students as well as companies can take part in the competition. Each winner receives a financial reward for further development of the application. There are several categories, in each category there is always one winner.
Traditionally the competition is open from September 1st and closes on 30th October. The 7th year of the competition is now open.

Why do we hold the competition:

By 2021, we want a distinctive community promoting public administration in the Czech Republic that:

  • is open, publishes open data, and allows that anyone can work with its digital footprint
  • is responsible, provides citizens with information about its functioning and decision-making processes, and thanks to digitization the citizens can control it from anywhere
  • is interactive and therefore supports both civil participation and the simplest possible communication between state and its citizens (tools such as e-elections, the possibility to handle things from home, gain access to information about yourself)
    Competition Together We Open Data helps us to intensify pressure from outside to make a system change. We want to increase the number of citizens, citizens’ initiatives, NGOs and businesses actively using the digital footprint of the state for watchdog purposes and services development for the public. All the stakeholders need to be aware of the economic and social benefits of working with the digital footprint.

Why is digitization important:

In the Western world, digitization has become an essential part in the functioning of the relationship between public administration and the public, in addressing social issues and increasing economic potential. When Ukraine opened data on education, on the drug market, or launched an open procurement portal in cooperation with the NGO sector, 700 million dollars have flowed into its economy last year. In England, the number of patients dying from heart surgery has fallen by 1,000 per year thanks to the opening of healthcare data. In the Czech Republic, however, digitization remains a mere transformation of existing paper processes into electronic form, the opportunity for greater transparency and open governance is unused.