The contest seeks to reward developers of the most useful, creative, and effective applications, data analyses, and visualizations, which utilize the City of Ottawa’s OpenData.

Summary of Rules

The contest rules were designed to stimulate creativity and innovation, rather than constrain it. The contest is open to all residents of Canada that have reached the age of majority in their province or territory. City staff will be eligible to enter applications but will not be eligible for monetary prizes.

Applicants may enter a software application designed for a mobile handheld device, desktop computer, website, or any other software platform broadly available to the residents of the City of Ottawa, and new this year is a category for data analysis and visualization submissions.

Participants must use at least one data set from the City of Ottawa Open Data Catalogue and all submissions must be available in either French or English. 

Ownership of software applications will remain with the developer of the application.

View full contest rules


Important Dates

Idea Campaign

February 25th – March 11th, 2013

Competition Entry Period

10:00 a.m. EDT on March 11, 2013 - 10:00 a.m. EDT on May 13, 2013

Judging Period Begins

10:00 a.m. EDT on May 13, 2013 - 5:00 p.m. EDT on May 31, 2013

Awards Ceremony

June 2013


Categories

The four categories have been designed to address diverse aspects of a healthy community.

  • On The Move

    Sponsored By:
    Telus

    These apps are intended to help people get around the city, including public transit, driving, cycling, and walking.

  • Having Fun

    Sponsored By:
    Nova_networks

    These apps are aimed at supporting leisure and fun in Ottawa, including recreation, museums, cultural events, libraries, and other activites.

  • Your City

    Sponsored By:
    Cgi

    These apps are designed to help people to understand what’s happening in their city regardless of subject matter, and they may encourage the public to get involved in civic and community events.

  • Data Analysis and Visualizations

    Sponsored By:
    Oracle

    This brand new category will encourage the development of digital presentations and analysis of City data in order to help provide a better understanding of the City and its operations.


Prizes

Prize On The Move Having Fun Your City Data Analysis and Visualizations
Total $9000 $9000 $9000 $9000
Gold $3000 $3000 $3000 $3000
Silver $2000 $2000 $2000 $2000
Bronze $1000 $1000 $1000 $1000
Best Student App $1500 $1500 $1500 $1500
People’s Choice $1500 $1500 $1500 $1500

The four Microsoft Windows 8 UI Applications that receive the most votes, regardless of category in which they were entered, will receive prizes of most popular ($1,000), second most popular ($500), third most popular ($350), and fourth most popular ($150).

Award Criteria

Categories 1-3:

  1. Usefulness - utility to residents of Ottawa overall, or any particular demographic of users in Ottawa
  2. Support of City Priorities – the degree to which an application supports the priorities outlined in the 2011-2014 City Strategic Plan 
  3. Ease of Use - the overall usability of the application
  4. Access - ability for the application to be used by a broad array of citizens

Category 4:

  1. Usefulness – utility to citizens of Ottawa overall, or any particular demographic of users in Ottawa 
  2. Support of City Priorities – the degree to which an application supports the priorities outlined in the 2011-2014 City Strategic Plan 
  3. Ease of Understanding – the degree to which one can understand the submission 
  4. Creativity– Degree of creativity that can be ascribed to the submission 


Judges

All qualified entries will be judged by panels each consisting of two City Officials, one member of Council, one Sponsor representative, and one member of the academic community.  Judges will determine winners for all awards except the People’s Choice award, which will be determined by public voting on this web site.