Ministry of Data opens in MoldovaOct 15, 2015
A partnership between Slovakia’s Ministry of Finance, UNDP and SOVVA (Slovak Organization for Research and Development Activities) has brought about the first regional open data challenge “Ministry of Data” which seeks to use the creative minds and innovative potential of young people to transform their societies through the use of open data and nascent technologies.
The challenge is open to young people age 18 and older, interested in using open data to improve governance and make a contribution towards higher citizen engagement.
The application process is open until November 1. The teams need to submit a pitch: an idea of how they intend to solve governance related problems in their community, city, country, territory or region by using public finance datasets. Visualization, analytics and apps are most welcome. The applicants can use the datasets we provide, or use their own.
The Ministry of Data offers a range of datasets from Albania, Serbia, Kosovo  and Montenegro, and using these datasets will increase the chances of winning. Regional e-solutions that provide a comparative perspective will be rated even more highly.
Shortlisted teams will travel to Nova Gorica, Slovenia, between November 17 and 18, where they will be expected to develop and then present prototypes to an international panel of judges with stellar repute in working with data, good governance and citizen engagement, public finance, and investment. The winning team will receive a $10,000 cash prize to turn its idea into a real-life product. But more importantly, the teams will have a chance to benefit from intense mentorship and networking opportunities.
The challenge does not end with the announcement of the winner. The three main partners intend to pool their know-how and contacts and take the victorious solution on a roadshow around south-eastern Europe, to introduce the team to policy-makers that might be interested in implementing them.
 References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999).