The second Apps4Gaps competition has been a great success. Thanks and congratulations to everyone who took part and made this competition possible. The submissions received were diverse and creative. They offered some very engaging and fascinating usage of the open linked data provided by the National Open Data Portal data.gov.ie and the new application program interface release by the CSO http://www.cso.ie/webserviceclient/
The Apps4Gaps competition was launched by the Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English T.D., on 16th October 2014. Entries were received from the whole island of Ireland. The best entries were those which achieved the aim of the competition by developing ideas and creating applications that provide innovative and fresh ways of exploiting the Open Data. These types of apps can in turn benefit society in such areas as transport, housing, planning, education, communications and health.
The apps were judged in two categories Concept Entry and Working App. The final judging panel chaired by Fiona O’ Riordan from the CSO consisted of:
Fiona O' Riordan
IT Service Delivery,
Central Statistics Office
IBM Product Distribution Limited,
IT Web Development,
Central Statistics Office,
Insight Centre for Data Analytics,
The panel had the difficult task to assess the entries and pick the winners. The results of the judges deliberations are given below:
Creators: Jack English, Harry Knapp, Robert Quille
Teacher: Lisa Kelly
School: Castletroy College, Newtown, Castletroy, Co. Limerick
Creators: Rory O’Donoghue, Katie Flood, Darragh Buckley
Teacher: Domhnall O'Hanlon
School: CTYI, DCU, Dublin 9
Best Working App (Open) : €1,500
Creators: David Morrisroe, Richard Morrisroe, Shane Sheehan
The Apps4Gaps prizes will be presented by the Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damian English T.D, at an award ceremony in the Clock Tower, Dept of Education and Skills, Marlborough St., Dublin at 12 noon on Thursday 15th October 2015 during Maths Week.
Below are the itemised judging criteria, which could help entrants improve future apps:
and link this data to other data. Reference the data sources you used.
Alignment with Project Goals
The judges are looking for apps which use Open data from data.gov.ie or http://www.cso.ie/webserviceclient/ in a fresh or innovative way, as well as evidence that the group worked as a team to develop and present their app.
Functionality and Implementation
The app must be functional if it’s a working app, or it must be a good workable concept. It needs to demonstrate an appropriate use of the data. It must be user-friendly. It is helpful that the platform(s) the working app was tested/runs on is noted as part of the entry documentation. In relation to the video they should not be too long (5 minutes max) and should demonstrate to the audience the benefits, scalability and use case of the app.
Usefulness to students, teachers, schools and citizens of Ireland
The app should benefit society; it should benefit the designated target audience. It should be useful. It should be of use to students, teachers, schools and citizens of Ireland.
Basically if it’s a working app: Does it work? Or if it’s a concept entry: could it work? Could the app be used on different platforms? (mobile, tablet, PC). Is the app viable? Could it be released? Would people use it?
Creativity / Originality
The app should be creative and appealing. It must be original. Preferably the app should answer an interesting question, highlight an issue or provide a new solution.
General Feedback from judges:
Mention the data sources used.
Congratulations on your involvement in the Apps4Gaps competition. Thank you to all the people who participated, mentored, assisted, supported or were otherwise instrumental in making this competition such a great success.
Please send your feedback and comments on the Apps4Gaps competition to: firstname.lastname@example.org