How can we create innovative services or products by using data from municipalities?


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Increased use of open data from municipalities will be an important catalyst for innovation in the Swedish business sector.
Research from the Stockholm School of Economics suggests that completely open geodata could generate socio-economic gains of about SEK 200 million. 
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Our challenge to entrepreneurs, small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and business developers to come up with innovative and sustainable ideas for products and services for SMEs built on open municipal data such as statistics, financial data and geodata from over 100 open data sources.


Sound exciting? Read on.


Open Data in the Stockholm Region (Öppna data i Stockholmsregionen or ÖDIS in Swedish) is a collaborative project lead by Beatrice Sablone involving the 26 municipalities in the Greater Stockholm region. The aim of the initiative is to make municipal data available to private individuals and SMEs to increase its usage in order to drive new innovation and growth.

The project is financed by the European Regional Development Fund as well as the City of Stockholm and will run until the end of 2020. After this date, the work will be continued by the municipalities. It is also part of the City of Stockholm Smart city program and run by a dedicated core team with diverse backgrounds and complementary expertise.

The project team has developed processes and tools to support the municipalities, procured a common regional open data portal, collaborated closely with key representatives from the 26 municipalities, and had face-to-face meetings with nearly 50 companies and organizations to continuously gain new insights into the needs and requirements of open data.

The Open Data Challenge is aimed at small or medium sized companies but is free and open for everyone to enter. We want you to come up with ideas for how data can be used in various ways to create innovative services and products for SMEs when it comes to transport and urban mobility, city planning and construction, climate and environmental issues.

We invite you to present your idea in any format that best illustrates the creativity and business value of your solution. We’d like you to present your realistic and innovative idea for open data usage and prototype in written or video format.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Business case (financial and end-user impact vs realisation and estimated costs)
  • Implementation (technical design, data accessibility, usability, design and presentation)
  • Creativity, originality and innovation

Encouraged are examples of how data can be combined to produce greater insights in our everyday life and profitable business models around that.

Contestants that need to travel over 200 km (roundtrip, inside Sweden) to participate in any related events may apply for travel grants. The costs must be validated and the grants will be paid retrospectively. Application for travel grants must be sent for approval to no later than one (1) week following the end of the competition.

Stockholm Region Open Data award: The contribution with the potential to be commercialized and exhibits the combination of data creatively and has created the best and most innovative application or service as a whole.

ÖDIS Data challenge award : 50-100tkr and 1 chosen event from

Runner-ups: 25 tkr and ticket to internetdagarna in Stockholm in November 2019

All winners will have the possibility in having their requested data prioritised as open data from all municipalities in Stockholm and the opportunity to collaborate with ÖDIS project and decision makers from the Stockholm region to move work forward.

A price cannot be transferred, or wholly or partly exchanged for cash or other compensation in accordance with these rules.  Participation means that each participant waives second claim, than the competition win. Any tax will be paid by the winners.  

The winners will be announced and published on and also in the other channels of the arranging authorities.


By registering your entry, you agree to the following rules:
  1. The contribution should be using any at least one data source from any municipality data. The contribution can combine these together with other data sources.

  2. Restrictions on data from each individual authority or organization are to be followed.

  3. The entry must be original and may not have been previously published, completely or partially.

  4. The presentation of the contribution can made in English or Swedish but English is preferred.

  5. The entry shall not violate Swedish law. Organizers of the competition reserve the right to remove any entries received that are not in compliance.

  6. The entries must be the contesting team’s own idea or solution. It should be owned by the team and not violate any copyrights or intellectual property rights. When open source code or libraries are used the source must be clearly stated and free of intellectual property rights.

  7. All participants must be prepared for interaction with the jury, the authorities’ representatives and parties who in some way contribute to the competition. Filming of participants can be made during presentations and interviews but participants will be informed beforehand.

  8. There is no age limit for participating, but the guardian has to be assigned for persons under the age of 18.

  9. Submission of the entry is to be made using the form further down on this page latest by 2019-05-XX.

  10. Presentation material and/or link to the solution may be presented publicly.

  11. Suspected cheating will lead to disqualification.

  12. Contributions that do not meet the above requirements will not be dealt with in the competition.

  13. In the event of conflict, the organizers of this competition’s decision will prevail when it comes to competition rules and assessment criteria.

    The organizers of this competition reserve the right to change the terms, conditions and criteria up to the start of the challenge.   
    The ideas, prototypes, services or other material produced during the competition are owned by the participants themselves. The organizers of the competition reserve the right to describe the entries publicly and present them on, in social media that are linked to the platform, and all the participating authorities and organizations’ websites and other communication and marketing channels.

Rights for the contestants

The ideas, prototypes, services or other material produced during the competition are owned by the participants themselves. The organizers of the competition reserve the right to describe the entries publicly and present them on this website, in social media that are linked to the platform, and all the participating authorities and organizations’ websites and other communication and marketing channels.

The Jury

The jury can promote the competition, but any questions about the competition will be made to the organizers of the competition. The jury is impartial and works according to the assessment criteria above. The jury’s decision cannot be appealed against.

What can the team win?

50-100.000 sek

Entry to Stockholm Tech week 

Processing of personal data

Any personal data will be managed to administer and designate winners in the competition and will possibly be used in marketing purposes for the challenge platform. The data will only be registered during the time needed to fulfill these purposes. Click here for more information

Questions and information

More information about the competition and the possibility to ask questions is available at


Christer Forsberg Philip

Chief Digital Officer
Stockholm City

Beatrice Sablone

Chair of jury group
Project Manager Open data
Stockholm Region

Karin Bengtsson


Kajsa Hedberg


Roger Svanborg

Regional Development Manager




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