The National Open Data Innovation Competition Call for Application

27.07.2018 - 26.09.2018 12:00 CET



Data that “anyone can freely access, use, modify, and share for any purpose.”

It must be both legally open, that is, in the public domain or under liberal terms of use with minimal restrictions, and technically open, that is, machine readable and preferably non-proprietary digital format. Open data is not private or personal data.

  • Acronyms:
  • GoK – Government of Kosovo
  • LFTUS – Labor Force and Time Use Survey
  • MCC – Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • MFK – Millennium Foundation Kosovo

What’s the problem?
Although Kosovo’s government, civil society, educational institutions, and private sector have collected data on the factors associated with labor participation and perceptions of low labor participation, this data is neither widely accessible, aggregated, interpreted, nor well-understood. This lack of clarity continues to compromise Kosovo’s ability to plan and execute reforms and stimulate economic growth and citizen well-being.


The Call

We are calling on open data movers and shakers and opinion-makers, start-ups, civil society, the private sector, academia, journalists, designers, technology innovators, and creative problem solvers to submit proposals that address the question:


How can we best aggregate and disseminate improved, targeted, demand-driven information that connects:

  • Students to appropriate and effective schooling, training (in their chosen subject and professional conduct), and job opportunities associated with in-demand careers?
  • Women to high-value career paths and entrepreneurship opportunities, and employers to strategies to improve recruitment, retention and career prospects for female workers?
  • Entrepreneurs to labor market opportunities, prizes and competitions, financing opportunities, and appropriate technical assistance?


All applicants should propose creative solutions based on the open data from the Government of Kosovo and/or other credible, vetted open data from national and international institutions to inform Kosovo citizens about the education and economic opportunities to pursue in order to match market needs. Applicants are furthermore strongly encouraged to use GoK open data or MCC LFTUS data. Applicants to Dig Data Kosovo should specify whether they are applying to one of Two Awards Categories:


1. Data Communication and Outreach
(Up to 30,000€ in available funding)


We are calling creative thinkers, movers and shakers, academics, designers, data coders, video-producers, photographers, data journalists to submit their strategies to communicate open data on market opportunities that can achieve the most public impact and social media hits. The aim is to empower citizens and government by highlighting and disseminating key labor data!

  •  Seed funding ranging from 1000€ – 5000€:

To accomplish their project, applicants should propose a budget ranging from between 1000 – 5000€.
MFK will determine how much funds to award to selected finalists. The funding awarded by MFK will
depend on the associated costs and ambition of the project and may diverge from the proposed budget.
Finalists will then develop and promote their communications and outreach output.


  •  Award – Up to 15,000€ available for grant(s)

The most powerful communicator(s) among finalists will be selected as winner(s) and receive a grant award to build on the success of the product or service that they created in the first round. This award will be put toward efforts that encourage additional, ongoing conversation about data and labor force participation. Please note that there could be more than one winner.

To win the Communications and Outreach Track Grant, the finalist(s) will be judged on how successfully they were able to influence the conversation about data and labor force participation per the Communications and Outreach Track Judging Criteria and their proposal for how their solution can be further developed. Therefore, in the application, in addition to the original proposal and budget for seed funding, applicants should write how would they build on and promote further their solution if they were to win the 15,000€ grant award. They should also submit a second budget that reflects the costs of building on the success of the solution they created in the first round. This budget should not exceed 15,000€. MFK will determine final funding level to award to the winner(s). The funding awarded by MFK will depend on the proposed costs and ambition of the project, and may differ from the proposed budget.


2. Open Data Governance Interventions
(Up to 150,000€ in available funding)


We are calling solvers to work alongside government (in grants lasting up to two years) to address government gaps where additional data would improve government, citizen, and private sector decision-making with respect to improved market information.

We expect to make multiple awards out of this total amount. There will be negotiations on the proposed budget. The funding will be split depending on the size, quality, and ambition of the winning proofs of

Eligibility Criteria


The Challenge is open to all and will accept entries that meet the following criteria:

  • Must be submitted in English.
  • On time: Late solutions will not be entertained.
  • Complete: No missing documentation or unanswered questions.
  • Topical: Solutions must directly relate to challenge goals, funding requirements and utilize credible open data from the Government of Kosovo and other credible, vetted open data from national and international institutions. Applicants are furthermore encouraged to use MCC LFTUS data.
  • Size: The Challenge is open to individual applicants, teams of individuals, and organizations of all sizes. We encourage applications from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and innovators.
  • Local Presence: All competitors must use Challenge grant funds to implement a solution in Kosovo. This being said, international applications are acceptable as long as applicants either already have a presence in Kosovo or must demonstrate they have a Kosovan partner (supporting partnership documentation is required).


The Challenge particularly encourages proposals from:

  • Diverse groups that have clear, strategic, collaborative models to tackle the complexity of misperceptions of labor force participation.
  • Private sector actors, entrepreneurs, and organizations with market-based solutions and/or clear plans for sustainability beyond the point of award.
  • Organizations with proposals that deliberately seek to address the unique circumstances and barriers to women’s labor market participation.

Judging Criteria


All eligible entries will be judged against the following criteria:

Criterion 1: Use of Open Data
Criterion 2: Actionable Information
Criterion 3: Accessibility
Criterion 4: Potential Impact
If relevant, Criterion 5: Market Potential

For more detailed information on Judging Criteria, please refer to the Information Package.

The Challenge Structure and Timeline


Call for Submissions
27 July 2018 – 26 September 2018


  • Dig Data Challenge will be open for nine weeks.
  • We recommend applicants read the FAQs and Eligibility Criteria before entering the Challenge.
  • To help applicants formulate a submission, MFK is hosting:
    • 4 September 2018: An interactive data workshop to familiarize applicants to the data available, open data guidelines and considerations, data analysis and visualization tools, and a basic overview of the application process. In addition, the workshop will also familiarize applicants on the Challenge goals, expectations and process as the applicants will have the chance to pose their questions publicly, in plenary, which will give them a foundation for a successful application.

Prospective competitors can also send queries via email to


All questions will be answered on a rolling basis and posted on this webpage


Applicants can find application forms and other materials needed to apply on


Submissions received after the deadline date and time listed above may not be considered.

Submission Deadline Wednesday, 26 September 2018 12:00CET