Contest of City Projects Starts: Big data, IoT and Open Data Change Town

Within the Belarus Internet Governance Forum 2017, organizers of the Forum announce an open contest for students and school pupils. Any contender is welcome to offer a project aimed to improve the city environment, based on the use of technologies for big data, open data or the concept of the Internet of Things. It is up to you to decide to use each type of technology or only one of them. The main task is to show that development of the Internet in this direction is able to give an impulse to real fascinating initiatives.

Competing projects may include not only already existing instruments (for example, available databases of open data, though not numerous), but also those that are yet to appear. It means that, in terms of scale and boldness of projects, there are no other limits but your own imagination.

“The task of the Belarus IGF-2017 is to use common efforts of business, the state and non-commercial organizations to discuss approaches to solve the most burning issues in web development in the country and in the region, says Sergey Povalishev, the director of the company who is co-organizer of the Forum. “Nowadays students and pupils are the present and the future of the Internet industry, among other things. The issues of Internet governance have to be solved with their direct participation. That is why we wanted to give them a word, too, not only by inviting to the Forum, but also by showing possibilities of breakthrough decisions in the part of IGF agenda related to open data, big data and IoT.”

The contest is open for university students, pupils of secondary general and secondary specialized schools. Works can be sent to until 12.00 on May 10, 2017.

A work has to be presented as a project, i.e. necessarily implying potential implementation. For example, this can be a concept of online service, application, an idea for objects in the city environment, “smart city” etc. The main idea is that the project has aim for convenience of residents and tourists. The contest work can be dedicated to Minsk as well as to any other Belarusian town.

It is not necessary to give a detailed description of every stage of implementation. However, it is important to define the goal, expected result, contribution to town environment, and to describe what mentioned technologies, big data, open data or IoT are required for implementation of the project. The project can be designed as a presentation in Power Point, as a text, video, or combined format.

Works submitted for the contest will be evaluated by a commission from the organizational committee of Belarus IGF-2017. The commission will take into account originality of projects, relevance to the topic and its potential for implementation. The winner will be invited to an awarding ceremony on May 16, at Minsk Marriott Hotel at the Internet Governance Forum.

The prize for the winner includes a five-day tour for two from VR Lines, with visits to Tallinn, Stockholm and Riga.

Rules for the contest of city projects “Big data, IoT and open data change town”

VR Lines is a company famous for its tours and cruises, especially in Baltic and Scandinavian directions. The company tours enjoy a high demand and are hard to get in all seasons. The contest partner will provide the winner of the contest with a five-day tour around the route Tallinn – Stockholm – Riga, with open date reservation. Have a comfortable rest with VR Lines.

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