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EU Datathon 2018

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In a nutshell

EU Datathon 2018: Four teams take home a trophy: Medicatio, Lexparency, Tenderlake and Open Food Facts

The EU Datathon 2018 competition culminated in Brussels on 2 October with the selection of the winner app in each of the four thematic challenges. The competition illustrates the power of open data to stimulate enterprises, start-ups, individuals and other data enthusiasts from all over Europe to find practical solutions to societal problems, as well as to generate jobs and growth.

Preselected among 72 proposals, 16 finalist teams pitched their projects in front of a gathering of app developers, public and private open data specialists and start-up facilitators from many EU countries. Participants had to develop apps using at least one dataset available via and could combine it with other data sources.

This second EU Datathon had many new features. Contestants could compete in one of four parallel challenges, each with a different topical area, aims and partner organisers. All finalists received a share of 40,000 EUR in prize money, according to their ranking, with the first prize being 5,000 EUR for each of the four challenges.

EU Datathon 2018 was organised by the Publications Office of the European Union together with several partners including the ELI Task Force, the European Food Safety Authority and three directorates-general of the European Commission (Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs; Communications Networks, Content and Technology; and Informatics).

And the winners are...

Medicatio impressed the jury in the challenge ‘EU open data — For more innovation in Europe’. The app applies cutting-edge technology to provide user-friendly information on medicines in a growing number of European languages. The app features a search engine for medicines and also offers additional information, for example on usage and drug interactions. It uses open data from both the EU Open Data Portal and the European Data Portal.

Lexparency won first prize in the challenge ‘National and EU law — Make legislation interoperable’. Using the European Legislation Identifier (ELI), the app provides a smarter way to search and navigate through legislation. Users can search within legislative texts and the results feature semantic markup for technical terms, cross-references and related resources.

Tenderlake scored top marks for the challenge ‘EU public procurement — Value for citizens, value for businesses’. The application uses data from TED (Tenders Electronic Daily) and artificial intelligence (AI) to make it easier to identify relevant public contracts. The app reads the websites of businesses and learns what they do, then proposes relevant contract opportunities. The app’s AI continually learns from new TED notices.

Finally, the jury awarded first prize to Open Food Facts, a Wikipedia-like tool for food products, in the challenge ‘European Food Safety Authority — Fostering data reuse and innovation’. The app uses EFSA data to show the public what is in the food they eat daily, covering 650,000 products from around the world. By integrating the OpenFoodTox open data on chemical hazards, it also helps identify the amounts and types of additives in food.

Addressing all the finalists, Rudolf Strohmeier, Director-General of the Publications Office of the European Union, said: 'being shortlisted in this EU-wide competition is already a vote of confidence and will put wind in your sails and take you even further.'

What comes next?

Looking at the next steps for all stakeholders, Rudolf Strohmeier highlighted: 'The discussions have shown the need for a true EU-wide open data ecosystem in which we all do our part, some of us on the supply side and some of us on the user side; but with all of us committed to the idea of openness and transparency.' Finally, he announced that the next EU Datathon will be in 2019!

EU Datathon 2018 award ceremony

OP Director-General Rudolf Strohmeier (centre) with the four challenge winning teams of EU Datathon 2018


Agenda, 2 October 2018

António Carneiro
Welcome speech
António Carneiro (Director, Dissemination and reuse, Publications Office of the EU)
Natalie Aristimuno Perez
Keynote speech
Natalie Aristimuno Perez (Head of unit, Interoperability, DG DIGIT, European Commission)
Challenge 1: 'EU open data — For more innovation in Europe'
Agnieszka Zając
Opening speech
Agnieszka Zając (Deputy Head of unit, EU Open Data and CORDIS, Publications Office of the EU)
Finalists showcase their apps
Challenge 2: 'National and EU law — Make legislation interoperable'
John Dann
Opening speech
John Dann (Director for central legislation service, Ministry of state Luxembourg)
Finalists showcase their apps
Challenge 3: 'EU public procurement — Value for citizens, value for businesses'
Tudor-Trestieni Ion
Opening speech
Tudor-Trestieni Ion (Policy officer public procurement, DG GROW, European Commission)
Finalists showcase their apps
Challenge 4: 'European Food Safety Authority — Fostering data reuse and innovation'
Davide Arcella
Opening speech
Davide Arcella (Team leader, Exposure in the risk assessment, European Food Safety Agency)
Finalists showcase their apps
Keynote speeches
Sander van der Waal
Keynote speech
Sander van der Waal (Head of network and partnerships, Open Knowledge International)
Dinand Tinholt
Panel: 'New business opportunities through the Public Sector Information Directive'
Dinand Tinholt (Vice president, Capgemini Consulting, European Data Portal consortium)
Award ceremony
Rudolf Strohmeier
Closing speech
Rudolf Strohmeier (Director-General, Publications Office of the EU)
Awarding of prizes to winners


Challenge 1:
EU open data — For more innovation in Europe


Description of app: Digiotouch provides digital transformation of the EU trade through intelligence generation for public sector, companies and citizens.

Datasets: Trade

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Soumya Kanti Datta


EURI Trends

Description of app: EURI Trends and gaps provides an enhanced visualisation and analysis tool on R&I EU funding data cross-referenced with EU data on venture capital investments and R&D expenditures.

Datasets: CORDIS

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Teresa Barrueco
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Dana Lintea



Description of app: Medicatio applies cutting-edge technology solely for the purpose of making a more user-friendly information environment on medicines for all European languages.

Datasets: Medicine

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Willy Duville
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Miwon Seo

Description of app: Score your MEP on the issues you care about: closing the knowledge gap and promoting fact-based CSO campaigning for the European elections.

Datasets: Politics and transparency

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Xavier Dutoit
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Julia Krzyszkowska


Challenge 2:
National and EU law — Make legislation interoperable


Description of app: ELI on the go! This project aims to create a mobile app that connects all legislation through an optimized search and visualisation aids easily shareable through push notifications to other users.

Datasets: ELI as a mobile app

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Miguel Palma
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Miguel Silva



Description of app: German and English documents published by parliaments or city councils are automatically modified so that law references are linked to ELI URLs.

Datasets: ELI for Germany

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Andreas Kuckartz



Description of app: A smarter way to search and navigate legislations.

Datasets: ELI for search

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Martin Heimsoth
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Harshvardhan J. Pandit



Description of app: We first propagate ELI relations between documents to the sentence level, and second learn from the existing links to discover new links.

Datasets: ELI and NLP for navigation

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Victor Mireles
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Julian Moreno
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Artem Revenko


Challenge 3:
EU public procurement — Value for citizens, value for businesses

Charles University

Description of app: An online mapping tool visualises suppliers of EU governments’ public procurement, with a focus on companies abroad and in tax havens.

Datasets: Tender analysis (Opentender)

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Petr Janský
Czech Republic
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Miroslav Palanský
Czech Republic
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Jiří Skuhrovec
Czech Republic



Description of app: Using the open tender data, we will aim to visualise data relevant to open innovation and innovation procurement, in order to boost innovation procurement and information among businesses, government agencies and citizens.

Datasets: Innovation procurement

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Jonne Huotari
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Perttu Lähteenlahti
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Henri Malkki



Description of app: BI solution for the benefit of the public to help them uncover hidden trends, patterns, correlations and anomalies in EU public procurement.

Datasets: Trend analysis

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Rekha Bhaskaran Indira
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Anoop Kumar



Description of app: Tenderlake Genius - using AI to make it easier to identify relevant public contracts.

Datasets: Tender proposals

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Flemming Madsen
United Kingdom


Challenge 4:
European Food Safety Authority — Fostering data reuse and innovation

2 Think

Description of app: FUSE is a data visualisation project to render 3D visual information about food consumption and toxic datasets on an EU map.

Datasets: Visualise trends in Europe

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Roberto Capuano
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Loana Elisabeta Maier



Description of app: Do you eat healthy foods? Fill in the food-shopping list and discover risk factors of each food. Or learn more through detailed info sheets.

Datasets: Display individual risk factors

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Stefano La Barbera
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Francesco Lo Truglio
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Carlo Lucera



Description of app: OpenHESS uses open data to examine chemical food risks in Europe and shows how the EU reduces the risks to consumers from imported foods.

Datasets: Chemicals exposure

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Paul Dempsey


Open Food Facts

Description of app: Integrate OpenFoodTox with Open Food Facts to show EU citizens what is in the food products they eat daily.

Datasets: Crowd-sourced platform

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Stéphane Gigandet
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Pierre Slamich






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What is the EU Datathon 2018?

The Publications Office of the European Union is organising the EU Datathon 2018. EU Datathon is a competition intended to highlight the potential of linking EU and national data as well as to promote the reuse of open data. Participants are invited to develop apps using at least one dataset produced by the EU Institutions or Agencies available on the EU Open Data Portal

The partners of the EU Datathon 2018 are the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, the European Data Portal, the European Food Safety Authority, the ELI Task Force (European Legislation Identifier) and the ISA² programme.

What are the objectives?

  • To produce innovative applications, including visualisations.
  • To showcase the advantages of the ELI.
  • To highlight the potential of EU public procurement data.
  • To promote the reuse of open data as an enabler in the growing data economy.
  • To stimulate the use of open data issued from public administrations.
  • To engage with new audiences.


The rules are based on Article 138 of the Financial Regulation (FR) and its Rules of Application (RAP). The competition will respect the principles of transparency and equal treatment.

  • The EU Datathon 2018 is open to anyone, including data scientists, computer programmers, graphic and interface designers, data journalists, data community activists, IT project managers, etc., who is interested in creatively tackling societal challenges through data exploration and/or in creating prototype products based on open data.
  • The EU Datathon 2018 is open to teams composed of one or more individuals, one or more companies or one or more other legal entities based in the EU or in European Free Trade Association countries.
  • Teams from the EU Datathon 2017 can only participate with a new project for this year’s application.
  • The EU Datathon 2018 is not open to staff working in the EU institutions, agencies and bodies.
  • By the submission of the project description, the teams declare that the application will be developed after the launch.


The EU Datathon 2018 involves four thematic challenges. Each challenge is organised as a separate competition of equal importance, under the umbrella of the competition (separate registration, shortlisted teams, presentations, jury and prizes).

Teams can register for only one of the following four challenges.

Challenge 1: ‘EU open data — For more innovation in Europe’

Condition: the goal of this challenge is to combine one dataset from the EU Open Data Portal and one dataset from the European Data Portal.

Webinar: Friday, 01/06/2018 at 11.00 via WebEx.

Challenge 2: ‘National and EU law — Make legislation interoperable’

Condition: the goal of this challenge is to show the added value using ELI for linking EU legislation and national legislation. More information here.

Webinar: Friday, 08/06/2018 at 11.00 via WebEx.

Challenge 3: ‘EU public procurement — Value for citizens, value for businesses’

Condition: the goal of this challenge is to propose a project using any public procurement data (e.g. OpenTender, TED in CSV or XML, eCertis, etc.) that adds value for European citizens, companies or public administrations.

Webinar: Friday, 15/06/2018 at 11.00 via WebEx.

Challenge 4: ‘European Food Safety Authority — Fostering data reuse and innovation’

Condition: the goal of this challenge is to come up with innovative ideas on how to use the Comprehensive European Food Consumption and/or the OpenFoodTox database. More information here.

Webinar: Friday, 22/06/2018 at 14.00 via WebEx.


What should the result be?

The result should be a new, original mobile or web application (‘the application’) that addresses a policy or societal challenge of free choice and helps improve the everyday lives of citizens. The explanatory webinars that are accessible for participants will provide more information on the features and datasets of the challenges.


Participants may request any clarification on the competition up to 5 working days before the deadline of the submission.

The requests for clarification should be submitted in writing to the following e-mail address:

All questions and answers will be published on the EU Datathon 2018 website.


The evaluation process will consist of two phases: preselection and final selection. 

Phase 1 — Preselection

Preselection will take place after the deadline of the submission of project descriptions. 

Project descriptions within each challenge will be evaluated by a separate preselection jury that shall be composed of at least three experts from the following EU institutions and agencies:

  • The Publications Office of the European Union;
  • The ELI Task Force;
  • The Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs;
  • The European Food Safety Authority.


During this phase, the jury will assess each submitted proposal against the preselection award criterion (see table below). For each challenge a maximum of four teams having scored the highest number of points will be preselected. All teams will be notified about the results of the preselection of the challenge they took part in.

  Preselection award criterion Points


  • Relevance to the addressed EU Datathon 2018 challenge.
  • Relevance to digital transformation in Europe.
  • Relevance across Europe.


Phase 2 — Final selection

The preselected teams (maximum four per challenge) will be invited to develop their applications to be submitted 1 week before the final event, which they will present in Brussels during the conference held on 2 October 2018. 

The final applications within each challenge will be evaluated by one final jury, which will be composed of at least five experts from within and outside the EU institutions and agencies.

The applications will be evaluated against the following final award criteria.

  Final award criteria Points


  • Relevance to the addressed EU Datathon 2018 challenge.
  • Relevance to digital transformation in Europe.
  • Relevance across Europe.


  • Is there an evident added value of the solution?
  • Replicability: is the solution easy to implement/use across Europe?


  • Does the solution introduce new ideas or methods?
  • Is the application new and innovative?

Technical achievement

  • Readiness to use
  • Ease of use
  • To what extent are the principles of openness applied?


  • Does it make optimal use of open data?




Step 1— Launch of competition

The EU Datathon starts with explanatory webinars addressing four different challenges and will allow teams to learn more about the datasets they are interested in.

Step 2 — Submission of project descriptions

Teams register their project descriptions for their mobile or web application using the online form at the latest by 23:59:59 on 15 July 2018.

Step 3 — Notification of shortlisted teams

The project descriptions are assessed by the jury of the preselection phase. Shortlisted teams are notified about the results within their challenge via email on 27 July 2018.

Step 4 — Submission of the application

Teams submit their final proposals for evaluation by 23 September 2018 to the Publications Office via the following email address:

Step 5 — Final conference in Brussels

The preselected teams (represented by a maximum of two members) are invited to the final conference in Brussels on 2 October 2018, which will include:

  • pitch presentations and demonstrations of the projects by the teams (7-10 minutes each);
  • speeches from international open data experts on relevant topics;
  • announcement of the winners and awards ceremony.



The prize money is EUR 40 000 in total (EUR 10 000 for each challenge) and will be split in the following order for each challenge.


Place Prize money
1 EUR 5 000
2 EUR 2 500
3 EUR 1 500
4 EUR 1 000


Pursuant to Article 63 of the Rules of Application, the payments of prizes are subject to registration of the winners in the Legal Entity (LEF) and bank account file (BAF) database of the European Commission. For this purpose, after being notified of the prize winners are required to provide the necessary supporting documents dully signed and stamped where necessary. Additional information as well as the forms for the creation of the LEF/BAF can be downloaded here

The Publications Office and any partners take no responsibility regarding the distribution of the prize money within the teams.

Shortlisted teams are entitled to the reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses incurred in relation to the conference provided that it has been purchased the day of the notification of the shortlisted teams at the earliest and on the day of the conference at the latest. No other costs will be reimbursed. Further details will be send via e-mail.


The Publications Office reserves the right to terminate the competition before the final conference without any obligation to indemnify the teams.


Participation in other competitions

The team must inform the Publications Office, when submitting their proposal, if the application has been subject of any other competition. The double prize award of the same application is not allowed.


Intellectual property and copyright 

In case teams use pre-existing material for their applications, they guarantee that they have obtained all the necessary authorisations in order for such material to be used according to the rules described above.

The project description (short description of the idea) submitted for the preselection will remain the property of the teams (authors) and will not be made public (or disclosed), but will be accessible to the jury.

The final proposals submitted for the final selectionwill remain property of the authors, but will be accessible to the jury and to all teams of the final conference. The EU institutions, agencies and bodies will be allowed to mention, describe and promote on their channels (websites, social media, press releases, etc.) the winning applications with the due reference to the author without any further economic compensation. 



The winning applications will be featured in the ‘Applications’ section of the EU Open Data Portal. Where appropriate, the name and copyright of the authors will be mentioned.


Processing of personal data

All personal data contained in the entry shall be processed in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data (OJ L 8, 12.1.2001, p. 1). Such data shall be processed by the Publications Office solely in connection with the implementation and follow-up of the entry of the winner, without prejudice to a possible transmission to the bodies in charge of a monitoring or inspection task in accordance with European Union legislation. 

The teams may, upon written request, gain access to their personal data and correct any information that is inaccurate or incomplete. They should address any questions regarding the processing of their personal data to the Publications Office via the contact e-mail announced in the rules of the competition. The teams may, at any time, lodge a complaint against the processing of their personal data with the European Data Protection Supervisor. On the EU Datathon 2018 website the Publications Office will publish the name of the winning teams and of their members, their locality, the prize amount and the nature and purpose of their applications. Participants may request that the Publications Office waive such a publication if disclosure risks threatening their security and safety or if it could harm their commercial interest.


Sole liability of the teams

Neither the Publications Office nor the partners may be held responsible for any claim relating to the activities carried out by the team in the framework of the competition. 

Neither the Publications Office nor the partners shall be held liable for any damages caused or sustained by any of the teams, including any damages caused to third parties as a consequence of or during the implementation of the activities related to the competition.


Applicable law and competent jurisdiction

The competition is governed by the applicable European Union law complemented, where necessary, by the law of the Grand Duchy ofLuxembourg. The General Court or, on appeal, the Court of Justice of the European Union, shall have sole jurisdiction to hear any dispute between the EU and any team concerning the interpretation, entry or validity of the rules of this competition if such a dispute cannot be settled amicably.


Exclusion criteria and administrative sanctions

By submitting the project description the teams declare that they are not in one of the situations mentioned in Articles 106 and 107 of the Financial Regulation. The teams who are in any of those situations shall be excluded from participating and from being awarded a prize under the present competition.


Early Detection and Exclusion System

In case the participants are in one of the exclusion situations as stated above, personal data on them may be registered in the Early Detection and Exclusion System (EDES) in line with the Articles 105 and 108 of the Financial Regulation. For more information, see the Privacy Statement for EDES.


Checks and audits

The winning teams accept checks and audits by the European Commission, the European Anti-Fraud Office and the Court of Auditors in relation to the competition and the prize received. 




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