App developers supported by the local Apps for Amsterdam Business Lounge in Amsterdam had the chance to join the Apps for Europe 2014 competition. They could win one of the 10 exclusive spots at the International Business Lounge at FutureEverything in Manchester that is held on 31st March 2014.
The deadline for submitting apps was 7 February 2014. However, the competition will run again in 2014-2015.
Developers get the chance to exhibit their app to the entire Future Everything audience throughout the day, along with the other winning innovative apps from all over Europe. But that’s not all! They also get the opportunity to pitch their app to an international crowd of investors, government agencies, companies and individuals keen to share their skills, experience, resources and money to help scale your app into a successful business. Maybe they will get the chance to expand their start-up across Europe. All online entries will be judged by the Apps for Europe partners: an experienced network of European companies with contacts, expertise and a shared agenda to transform open data into business.
As a follow-up to the 2012 competition Waag Society, the Economic Development Board Amsterdam (EDBA) and Appsterdam started a program in 2013 to help developers using Open Data in their applications and turning their applications into a success.
Going to market
As a part of this program, three startups were selected that we will help in getting their idea to the market. Appsterdam provides support for technical and graphical issues, EDBA opens up its network and Waag Society links the startups to relevant European projects, like Apps for Europe. The following startups were selected:
Bike like a local
Apps for Amsterdam winner Erik Romijn has big plans for the development of the application ‘Bike like a local’. But for his application to work, he needs more data from and about the city. Apps for Amsterdam tries to make this happen.
The application Voradius, wants to visualize the supply from the shops in Amsterdam for the citizens. Stop ordering everything online, but just go around the corner to pick it up! They are looking for Open Data about opening hours and shopping areas.
An application that allows you to sell your old couch to somebody else easily? That sounds great! iKringloop does not use a lot of data, but it generates it! Valuable for the city and its citizens.