Federal open data opens doors for young entrepreneurs

For 48 hours, more than 900 Canadian entrepreneurs, innovators and amateur developers from across the country combed though raw federal data.

Their goal: Translating that information into an app, with a chance to win $25,000. The government’s goal: Engage with the data community and get an app that helps Canadians in their everyday lives.

“If we just left it to ‘Bureaucrat X14’ on the 10th floor of some office building in Ottawa to come up with all of the open data applications, I don’t think that would be very successful,” Treasury Board President Tony Clement, the minister spearheading Canada’s open government initiative, said in an interview this week. Continue>>>