We’re sorry but applications for the ODI Showcase spring call for entries are now closed.

We received 83 applications, 69 of which agreed to have some of their project’s details shared as open data. See the applications here.

We are currently whittling these down to a shortlist of between 20 and 25 applicants. We will be in touch with those shortlisted to ask for more details by Friday 26 February.

Missed out? You can still apply for support, mentoring and access to our global network through our ODI Startups programme until 31 March 2016.

The ODI launches new call for ODI Showcase commissioned projects demonstrating the real-world impact of data innovation, after a successful round in 2015


Yodit Stanton of ODI Showcase 2015 winners Open Sensors speaks to delegates about her project at the ODI Summit 2015

Last year the ODI commissioned four diverse projects demonstrating how open data can be used to directly benefit individuals, organisations and society as part of its ODI Showcase series. This year we are happy to announce a new call for entries.

How the ODI can support your project

Do you want to tell the story of your innovation success?
Are you working on a project that needs development to demonstrate real change?
Would you like to carry out analysis to reveal the impact your work has made so far?

The ODI’s mission is to connect, equip and inspire people around the world to innovate with data.

We are awarding two projects with £7,000 grant funding, to help deliver and tell the stories of innovative uses of data that demonstrate longstanding value to others. We are particularly interested in projects using or producing open data within our core sector themes: finance, agriculture and nutrition, global development and open cities.

In addition to funding, we will provide support to help maximise projects’ impacts, with:

  • remote expert ODI mentoring on conducting research and communicating your story
  • a platform to tell your story through the ODI network and mainstream media channels
  • the opportunity to promote your work at ODI events, including at an ODI Friday lunchtime lecture

We’re looking for successful projects that:

  • are both large and small, from any region worldwide
  • are from one of the following sectors: finance, agriculture and nutrition, global development and open cities, however strong applications from teams outside of these sectors will be considered
  • clearly evaluate the direct benefit of the project for individuals, local communities, governments or businesses
  • have life beyond the ODI Showcase, with a vision to maintain and develop it further
  • publish their outputs under an open licence (eg open-source code, open data resulting from your analysis); if you are publishing open data we will expect you to create an Open Data Certificate for that data
  • can be feasibly completed, with their impacts communicated with the ODI for public promotion, within five months of their commission date in March 2016

Using storytelling to maximise the impact of your work

An essential aspect of successful applications will be the ability to tell a story that has clear findings to report on and resonates with the public.

Who will be interested in your story? Business leaders, citizens, government?
What findings would you like to uncover? Can analysis or research back this up?
Will you publish any data as a result?
Can you produce a visualisation, video, tool or even a game?

How you can apply

The application process has three steps:

  1. an initial online application form
  2. a shortlist proposal application
  3. a remote finalist interview

Each selected project must be completed within five months of its award date in March 2016.

If this timeframe doesn’t suit your current workload or priorities, we will be launching another ODI Showcase call later in the year.

Stage 1: initial application – submit your project idea using the online form by midnight (GMT), Wednesday 24 February 2016. Project ideas will be assessed on how far they are likely to generate an engaging story demonstrating real-world impacts, how they will innovate with data and whether their project teams will be able to deliver the project in the timeframe.

Stage 2: shortlist proposal – shortlisted applicants will notified on Friday 26 February and required to complete a proposal application by midnight (GMT) Sunday 6 March. Proposals will be assessed on:

  1. intended use of open data and methods to document measurable findings
  2. likely impact of the projects themselves and subsequent stories generated
  3. repeatability of the projects in other contexts
  4. their feasibility within the timeframe and budget available
  5. the demonstrated expertise within their teams
  6. their conciseness and clarity in communication

Stage 3: final interview – finalists will be interviewed between Monday 14 March and Monday 21 March. Interviews can be carried out remotely or in person at our London office.

Successful applicants will be awarded 25% of the funding upfront. A further 25% will be paid during the project, and the remaining 50% will be paid on satisfactory completion. We will endeavour to give feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

Further information

We will be releasing some information about applications to the ODI Showcase as open data. This will include information about your project such as title, sector, and what stage you are at. We won’t publish your name and contact details publicly and you will have the opportunity to opt out before submitting your application.

If we think your project has great potential but does not fit our requirements for the showcase, we would like to use our network to help you progress it. If you give permission, we will try to connect you with other members of the ODI network who might be interested in your project.

**Please read our terms and conditions before applying.**