Food for thought: Opportunity to champion the next Open Data Challenge

null The Open Data Institute and Nesta are pleased to announce a paid opportunity for an individual to support the delivery of the Food Open Data Challenge which will be launched in July 2014.

If you’re an expert in food, and have an interest in open data (or the other way around) we invite you to express your interest and to put yourself in the running for this role.

As Challenge Champion and an ODI Associate, you will support the development and delivery of the forthcoming Food Challenge which runs from July ‘14 - February ‘15.

Over the course of the challenge, the Challenge Champion will undertake some key deliverables to support the definition of the challenge question (which could range from ‘agriculture’ to ‘food security’ in focus), to cultivate a community of potential participants, and will work to raise awareness of the challenge and datasets in the sector. The ideal candidate will have good networks and experience in food and/or open data.

This assignment is designed for those currently in part time employment, those looking for something extracurricular/as a part time secondment or those with a portfolio career. For more on the role, check out the role description below.

The Open Data Challenge Series

The Food Challenge is the fifth in a series of seven open data challenges run in collaboration by Nesta and The Open Data Institute. This Open Data Challenge Series is designed to generate innovative and sustainable solutions to social challenges using open data.

So far we have completed one challenge on Crime & Justice with the winner being Check that Bike, an organisation using open data from the police to help people check whether the second hand bike they’re buying is stolen. We will shortly announce the winners of the Education and Energy and Environment challenges.

The Food Challenge is in the early stages of development; it will culminate with the Creation weekend in November where 15 selected teams will compete for chance to win £5,000 initial seed fund and incubation support as finalists. Ultimately, we will select a final winner from these three finalists in January 2015 to receive a final prize of up to £40,000. We are currently working to:

  • engage a range of stakeholders to help us define our specific challenge

  • explore the relevant datasets

  • bring that data to life for our future challenge participants


If you are interested in supporting the team and undertaking the opportunity of the Challenge Champion Assignment, please take a look at the role description below and submit your expression of interest to [email protected], along with a CV, suggested day rate and responses to the three outlined questions, by 09:00 Monday, 7 July.