Key word #1: Open Data. Key word #2: Education. Now mash the two together, and you get the LinkedUp Challenge. And in case you’re not yet convinced that linking public information for educational purposes is not strong enough of a concept, the challenge has been split into three parts – Veni, Vidi, and Vici, respectively. All three competitions will take place over the period of a year, with the first deadline of 27 June already approaching.
What’s the idea?
The Veni competition is the first part of the LinkedUp Challenge, which, in turn, is initiated by the LinkedUp Project. Its goal is to encourage applicants to pick out different sets of information already accessible on the internet, and mash them together so that they serve an educational purpose. The data may include course materials, lecture slides, presentations, YouTube videos, podcasts, and more. It is up to you if you’ll use a new technological advancement to visualise datasets, or develop your own online tool that delivers results according to a criterion, two or many more. To get inspired, or to simply have your original idea re-enforced, check out the LinkedUp Challenge use cases.
Who can apply?
The competition is open to everybody passionate to create value in the field of education by introducing a concept (and in this case – an actual prototype) that is both innovative and feasible. The target audience spans “researchers, students, developers and businesses,” however, startups are strongly encouraged to apply. With the rising number of university programmes in entrepreneurship in Austria (see our coverage here), and of both Austrian and CEE startups in the field of education, the panel should be able to have a wide pool to choose from.
What’s the reward?
The Veni competition disposes of a total prize fund of 5.000 euros (out of 39.500 euros for the entire LinkedUp Challenge), and has allocated 2.000 euros for the winner, 1.000 for the projects in second and third place, and another five runner-up prizes of 200 euros each. And of course, there’s the moral prize of having created educational value.
Send in your prototype or demo before 27 June by either filling out the competition’s application form, or by submitting a paper. For more information on how to do so, go here and scroll down. The shortlisted entries will be notified of their status by 1 September, and they will be invited to present their project on 17 September in Geneva.