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The third 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

The Apps4Gaps competition was launched by the Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English T.D., on 15th October 2015. Entries were received from the whole island of Ireland as well as from Europe. 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 freely available from and which could 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 consisted of:

Fiona O' Riordan
Assistant Principal,
Quality Management, Support and Assurance
Central Statistics Office,

Ramesh KP
Software Engineer,
IBM Product Distribution Limited,

Gar Hynes
Analytics Solution Architect,
Hewlett Packard Enterprise,

Soheila Dehghanzadeh,
PhD student,

Kevin Healy,
IT Web Development,
Central Statistics Office,

Arkadiusz Stasiewicz
Research Assistant,
Insight Centre for Data Analytics,

The panel had the difficult task to assess the entries and pick the winners.

Feedback from the judges on the entries:

Entries must use at least one dataset from The competition exists to advance the use of the Open Data from
Ensure that the rules are read before submitting an entry.
Mention the data sources used.

Apps4Gaps 2016 Results

Working App Winners:

Best Working App, 1st place:

€1,500 and also judged overall winner of the Alice Perry medal

“Dublin in 1”

Creators: Vinicius Menezes and Bruna de Farias Chaves, Dublin

App link:




2nd Place Working App:


“Tourlink Ireland”

Creators: Eoghan O' Duffy and Gareth Power, Limerick

App link:,




3rd Place Working App:



Creators: Lisa Finn, Concepcion Agrafojo Vietes and James Ferry, Galway

App link:




Concept Entry Winners:

Best Concept Entry:



Creators: Akhil Voorakkara, Steven Harris and Jack Lane, Dublin



2nd Place Concept Entry:


“CRI :( (Crime Rates in Ireland)”

Creators: Róisín Kelly, John Faust and Jack Lonergan



The Apps4Gaps prizes will be presented at an award ceremony in the Clock Tower, Dept of Education and Skills, Marlborough St., Dublin at 12 noon on Thursday 20th October 2016 during Maths Week (Minister to be confirmed).

Below are the itemised judging criteria, which could help entrants improve future apps and concept apps.

Data Use

Ensure that the app uses at least one dataset from and it links this data to other data. Mention the data sources used.

Alignment with Project Goals

The judges are looking for apps which use the Open data from 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 be 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 in the entry. In relation to the video they should not be too long (5 minutes max) and should demonstrate the audience, 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 target audience it was designed for. 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 solution.

Thank you

To all our entrants: congratulations on your involvement in the Apps4Gaps competition. Thank you to all the people who participated, assisted or were otherwise instrumental in making this competition such a great success.

Feedback welcome

Please send your feedback and comments on the Apps4Gaps competition to: