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Thursday 8 October 2015

Minister Arlene Foster unveils £5k prize for statistics app

By Clare Weir

Published 04/07/2014

Opportunity: Arlene Foster
Opportunity: Arlene Foster

App designers could be in with a chance of winning £5,000 thanks to a new Government scheme.

The Open Data Challenge from the Department of Finance and Personnel's Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) will choose the tool which makes best use of information and statistics which are accessible to the public.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: "I see this as a great opportunity to use public data to showcase the creativity and imagination of our digital sector and would encourage anyone with an interest in app design to take up the challenge"

Finance Minister Simon Hamilton said this will tap into talent in the digital sector and wider community.

Richard Stirling, international director of the Open Data Institute, added: "We are delighted to see this challenge prize being launched in Northern Ireland as it is a great way to bring in innovation and incentivise participation.

"I look forward to helping to judge the entries later this year."

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