Apps for Amsterdam in 2014-2015

App developers supported by the local Business Lounges of Apps for Amsterdam can join the Apps for Europe 2014 competition.

Apps for Europe is aiming to find the best open data applications and startups Europe has to offer. All developers, startups and companies that are using open data as a resource can join the competition and have the chance to win a spot at the International Business Lounge at Future Everything 2015.

Last year’s winner showed the potential of using open data to enhance their company and expand their services. Since the international Business Lounge at Future Everything last year they were able to reach new cities and raised almost € 140,000 in crowdfunding. A true success story!

The Apps for Europe competition will run from September 1st to December 31st 2014, with the finals taking place at Future Everything on February 26th and 27th in Manchester (UK).

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 in 2013:

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.