The winners of the annual Apps4Finland contest have been declared in the award ceremony organized for the fifth time this year. Apps4Finland competition seeks creative and inspiring ways of utilizing open data. The competition entries were evaluated based on their impact potential on the target users, the ability of the entries to insipre and enable others to use data and to decipher complex dependencies in terms of data visualisations. In addition, the contestants were invited to solve domain specific Challenges related to tourisim, communication between citizens and the decision makers, public transport as well as the utilization of personal transaction and health information. In total, the competition featured over 27.000 euros worth of awards.

Winners by category

Impact category
1. Stormwind Simulator, Tomas Gustafsson & Bamce Fabricius
2. kartat.info, Pyry-Samuli Lahti
3. Kansan muisti v2, Kansan muisti foundation

Inspire category
1. Kalamiäs (“Fisherman”), Faris Alsuhail & Tuomo Leino
2. Sotasankarit (“War heroes”), Ari Matikainen, Liisa Juntunen, Sami Oinonen, Erika Poikolainen
3. Astman omahoito (“Self care of asthma”), Heidi Parisod

Decipher category
1. Rakennettu Helsinki 1812-2012(“Built Helsinki 1812-2012”), Jan Wolski
2. Katsastusdata-avain (“Car inspection data visualization tool”), Petja Partanen
3. Alueellinen hyvinvointi (“Regional welfare”), Juuso Parkkinen

Enable category
1. OpenAhjo API, Juha Yrjölä, Katja Räisänen
2. Open transport data in Tampere, Tero Piirainen, Mika Kulmala, Tero Myyryläinen
3. Tuntimittaustiedon avoin palvelualusta (“Open service platform for electricity consumption data”), Jarkko Lehtonen & Teemu Nurminen

Winners of Special Challenges

Challenge: Every visitor is unique, Connect Citizens & Tourists
Winner: Spot in Helsinki/Spot in Lisbon, Olga Kornilova, Pierre Leonard

Challenge: Management of untypical public transit situations
Winner: Nysse, Hannu Tapanila

Challenge: Understanding the city
Winner: sanom.at, Lari Lohikoski, Miemo Penttinen

Challenge: City of Youth
Winner: Avain (“the Key”), Jyrki Vanamo, Johanna Niemi

Challenge: Transaction data
Winner: Kuittirumba (“Receipt hulabaloo”), Pekka Ahtonen

Challenge: Citizen feedback, Citizen voice
Winner: Avain (“the Key”), Jyrki Vanamo, Johanna Niemi

Challenge: Improving public transport services
Winner: Public transport infrastructure data, Mikko Rinne, Tero Piirainen, Petri Helenius

Challenge: Utilization of health & medical data
Winner: ReplicaX, Juha Karvanen

Winners by Category (public voting):

Impact category:  Porottaa-terassibongari, Laura Kauria
Inspire category:  Resurssien hallintaohjelmisto kotihoitoon (“resource management software for home care”), Marko Suvila
Decipher category: Heatmaps4Finland, Pauli Misikangas
Enable category:  avoindata.net, Jarkko Moilanen

Extensive network of open data promoters involved in the organization of the contest

Forum Virium Helsinki and The Finnish Association for Online Democracy were the main organizers of the contest. Involved as Organizing Partners were the Finnish Meteorological Institute, Ministry of Transport and Communications, National Land Survey of Finland, Open Data Tampere Region, Open Knowledge Finland, Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, Statistics Finland and the Ministry of Finance. The Challenge Partners posing the problems for Special Challenges included the Youth Department of the City of Helsinki, Finnish Transport Agency, Ministry of Justice, Tieto, OP-Pohjola group, Helsinki Region Transport and the National Institute for Health and Welfare. The Sponsors of the contest were IBM, YLE Public Broadcasting Company, Helsinki Region Infoshare and Forge Service Lab.

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