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Win Funding to Scale Your Technology

The Open Data For Good Challenge is now live. Awarding at least $100,000 to teams using The Opportunity Project process.

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Open Data

For Good

Grand Challenge

NOW LIVE

What is It?

The Open Data for Good Grand Challenge is a set of cash and in-kind prizes for teams who have created high-impact digital tools that solve problems for the public.

Please visit the official challenge.gov posting for the full rules and application requirements.

View the rules

What Can You Win?

Prizes range from $10,000 to $50,000 with additional prizes expected to be announced!
We’re looking for tools that fit into one of these categories:

  • Climate, Reslience and the Natural Environment
  • Society, Economy, and the Built Environment
  • Health and COVID-19

What Do You Have To Do?

  1. Create a product using the TOP Product Development Toolkit or in a TOP or TOPx Sprint between January 1st, 2020 and October 18th, 2021
  2. Attend an informational session (optional)
  3. Submit your application by the deadline via email and a short submission form

Submissions are open from September 13, 2021 – October 18, 2021

Timeline

  1. Prize Opens on Challenge.gov

    July 1st, 2021

    • Info Session and Q&A – August 16, 3:30-4:30 pm ET
    • Data and Toolkits – September 9, 3:00-4:00 pm ET
  2. Prize Submission Opens

    September 13th, 2021

    • Final Info and Q&A – Oct 6, 5:00-6:00 pm ET
  3. Prize Submission Deadline

    October 18th, 2021

  4. Judging Process

    November

  5. Winners Announced

    December - January

a man and woman handing a $20k check from The Opportunity Project to a woman on a stage
2019 Prize Challenge winner Kristen Lewis of Measure of America receives her prize from Ron Jarmin, Acting Director of the U.S. Census Bureau and Suzette Kent, Former Federal Chief Information Officer

Past Prize Challenge

How It All Started

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In 2019, we launched The Opportunity Project Prize Challenge. The Census Bureau’s first ever prize competition, it awarded $100,000 in funding across 5 teams.

Why the 2019 Prize was Launched

After 4 years of TOP, we created the TOP prize challenge to help address the challenges technologists face in deploying and sustaining civic tech products. The prize challenge aimed to support technologists in getting their solutions into the hands of communities around the country.

Judged by Experts

User Friendly
Civic Impact
Creativity

Products in our first competition were scored for their creativity, user-friendliness, and potential for civic impact by panels of product, data, and policy specialists from private industry and government.

Past Winners

Description

Helps the municipalities and communities in Puerto Rico enhance their address infrastructure to support the reconstruction process, improve emergency response and foster a more resilient future

Sprint

Geo-Cohort

Problem Statement

Helping Tribal, State, and Local Governments with Local Address Data Collection

A small, 5-pointed yellow star Awarded $20K

Description

Free mapping and data tool for visualizing data that can help with decennial Census outreach in NYC communities by answering questions like 'What happens with Census data?' and 'Why does the Census matter to me?'

Sprint

Original Sprint (2016 Sprint 1)

Problem Statement

Engaging Communities in the Census

A small, 5-pointed yellow star Awarded $20K

Description

Brings transparency to the Opportunity Zone ecosystem for investors, fund manager, wealth managers, and cities

Sprint

Workforce

Problem Statement

Catalyzing Investment in Opportunity Zones

A small, 5-pointed yellow star Awarded $20K

Description

Uses US Department of Veterans Affairs API and CMS API to reduce physician burnout and hospital readmission rates for veteran heart failure patients.

Sprint

TOP Health

Problem Statement

Using AI to Help Patients Find Clinical Trials

A small, 5-pointed yellow star Awarded $20K

Description

Assists regional workforce and economic development conveners develop strategies and prioritize initiatives to achieve inclusive development in their regions and to build an inclusive development network that includes leaders from the civic sector, government, and industry

Sprint

Workforce

Problem Statement

Catalyzing Investment in Opportunity Zones

A small, 5-pointed yellow star Awarded $20K