ODI calls for future data pioneers to speak at ODI Summit

We are launching an open call for young people aged 16-30 to share with us how they think data can solve a local or global problem. The winners will share their ideas on stage with Sirs Nigel Shadbolt and Tim Berners-Lee at the ODI Summit


At the Open Data Institute, we believe that data has the power to solve the world's big problems. From Citymapper to Rentsquare, data has proved again and again to be the catalyst for innovation across sectors.

This year at the annual ODI Summit on 1 November, we are centring our conversation around the future of data, particularly how datasets become much more useful when linked across the web – what we call the web of data. But data cannot innovate alone: it requires inspired, ambitious individuals to make connections between available datasets and unresolved problems. This is where you come in.

What are we asking?

We are looking for people aged 16-30 to share with us how they think data can solve a local or global problem by submitting a two-minute video explaining an idea or project. You could be the CEO of a startup, undertaking a personal project, fiddling around on GitHub or have no background in data whatsoever – we're interested in hearing how you think data could improve the lives of yourself and others.

What's in it for me?

All submitted videos will be in consideration to feature in a compilation film airing at the ODI Summit to an audience of over 600 people.

In addition to this, two winners will be invited on stage for our keynote session to discuss their idea as part of a panel with our founders Sir Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the world wide web), Sir Nigel Shadbolt and board members Baroness Martha Lane Fox and Neelie Kroes.

What questions should I be answering during the video?

We are looking for answers to the following questions:

  • Who are you and where are you based?
  • How are you using data to solve a local or global problem?
  • What other data would you like to have available to tackle this problem? How could this data be better linked?
  • Finish this sentence: I want a future where

Applications will be open from 21 September until 12 October, with successful applicants contacted in mid-October. Please read our terms and conditions before applying.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the Open Data Institute (ODI)?

We're glad you asked! The ODI is an independent non-profit organisation, bringing together government, industry and academia to realise the benefits of open data. The ODI connects, equips and inspires people around the world to innovate with data through training courses, membership, events and consultancy.

What is the ODI Summit?

The ODI Summit is our annual event that brings together government, academia and the private sector to celebrate and discuss what is happening in the world of data and explore how data can be used to solve today's global challenges.

Do I need to be a techie to apply?

Nope! We are looking for applicants of all backgrounds. If you have an interesting idea and are confident explaining it via video, your submission will be considered, regardless of whether you have a background working with data.

How should I format my video?

Up to two minutes of unedited, raw footage is what we're after. No need for whizz-bang editing or fancy lighting (so long as we can see your face!). You're welcome to use your smartphone, but please ensure you're filming in landscape format. Upload your listed or unlisted video to YouTube or Vimeo and share the link with us in the Google Form above.

What will you do with my information/the video?

By submitting your video, you agree to our terms and conditions, which details how we will use your content and information. Please read these carefully before applying.

Do I need to have a fully formed project to apply?

No. We welcome all applicants, regardless of whether you have started a project already or just have an idea you've been mulling over.