Ministry of Data is proud to present ideas competing for the four financial awards of 2.500 USD and two incubation packages! Everyone can participate in choosing the 7 finalists to come to the bootcamp in Zagreb in February: while judges are deciding on choosing 4 teams by the strict criteria of the challenge, the general public has a chance to choose the 3 most popular ideas by casting a single vote for the idea you find most interesting! 3 teams that applied for My City Can Do Better Challenge can already pack their bags for Zagreb. In total we will see 10 teams there. Congratulations to them and good luck to everyone!

In total, there were 53 very interesting ideas applied to the challenge to improve the quality of life in our cities. Many problems on the local level have found their solutions: from general ideas on how to improve the quality of local public policies and inclusion of citizens in evidence-based planning of future public investments, to improving the current level of transparency of public spending. Some suggested how to better monitor the spending of natural resources; some have ideas on how to ensure better information on the availability and pricing of real estate, while others suggested how to decide on revitalizing forgotten public spaces.

Public transport system was an inspiration as well: how to improve information on buses and trams or which streets are flooded, how to fix our streets and their black spots and how to make them safer for cyclists. There were also interesting ideas regarding public libraries, improving the public health system, preventing pollution, supporting higher quality of food available from local producers, providing support to citizens in situations of emergencies and crises…

Various teams suggested very different e-solutions: educational tools, general information packages, visualizations and e-consultations. Unfortunately, 15 ideas were not found to be eligible due to lack of information on the open data sets they would be using. Also, some assigned themselves to the My City Can Do Better Track instead of Cities of Tomorrow because they were not answering to specific city challenges. These were not found ineligible, but were rather re-assigned to the more appropriate track.

We have a strong competition for the finale. You can find out which 3 teams have made it to the bootcamp based on online voting by clicking here.

Now that the 10 finalists have been chosen, the Ministry is here to provide specialized support for the great ideas that have won the jury and popular votes. The Ministry is geared up to conduct Bootcamp for the finalists starting 18th February at Zagreb.

For more details on mentorship and bootcamp click here.

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Ministry of Data was designed by UNDP and is this year implemented by TechSoup and GONG. It is financially supported by the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the GDI Group.