Open the period to participate in the IV Aporta Challenge, focused on the health and well-being sector

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February 15 2022, in collaboration with the Secretary of State for Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence, organizes the fourth edition of the Aporta Challenge. Like other years, it seeks to identify and recognize new ideas and prototypes that drive improvements in a specific sector through the use of open data. This year the focus will be on health and wellness.

The objective is to encourage the talent, technical competence and creativity of the participants while promoting the direct reuse of data published by various public bodies.

Why is it important to promote the use of open data in the health and wellness sector?

If there is one sector where there has been a demand for data in the last year, it has been healthcare, due in part to the global COVID-19 pandemic. However, open data related to health and well-being not only serves to inform citizens in an exercise of transparency, but is also essential as a basis for solutions that drive improvements in health care, the patient experience and services that are offered in order to ensure a better quality of life. Open data has the ability to make essential public services more efficient, effective and inclusive, which in turn contributes to reducing inequality.

Aware of this, the European Commission has among its priorities the creation of a European data space in the health sector. For its part, the Spanish Government has begun actions to establish a data lake sanitary- which will make a large amount of raw data available to researchers so they can analyze it, make predictions, or spot trends. The use of this data, anonymised or in an aggregated form, can generate great improvements that some autonomies are already taking advantage of, such as Andalusia, that works, with the collaboration of, in the implementation of an advanced analytics system based on Big Data technologies to improve the quality of life of chronic patients.

Under the slogan "The value of data for the health and well-being of citizens" an open competition will be held which, like other years, will consist of two phases:

Phase I: Ideas competition. From 22/11/2021 to 15/02/2022

Participants must present an idea that responds to the proposed challenge: it is about identifying new opportunities to capture, analyze and use data intelligence to drive improvements related to health and well-being.

Proposals must be based on the use of at least one set of open data generated by Public Administrations, whether national or international. These data may be combined with others of a public or private nature.

The idea presented must be original and not have been awarded previously. Previously existing solutions are not valid, but must be developed by the participant within the framework of the Challenge.

A jury made up of experts in the field will assess the ideas presented and will choose 10, which go on to phase II. The criteria that will be taken into account for the evaluation are:

  • Relevance
  • Quality and overall clarity of the proposed idea
  • Impact on the improvement of the educational system of the proposed idea
  • Data sources used
  • Promotion of the quality of life of vulnerable groups

Phase II: Prototype development and face-to-face exhibition. April-June.

The participants whose ideas have been selected in the previous phase will develop the associated prototype and present it to the members of the Jury. For this they will have a period of 4 months.

The prototypes may be a functional solution, a visualization, dynamic graphic element or multimedia solution that simulates the service or a functional exemplification from the extrapolation of an existing solution, for example, in another sector, country, area, etc.

In this case, the evaluation criteria will be:

  • Easy to use
  • Technical quality of the prototype
  • Viability
  • Exhibition quality

The three proposals with the highest score will be the winners and will receive the following financial award:

  • First classified: € 5,000
  • Second classified: € 4,000
  • Third classified: € 3,000

Examples of challenges to solve

Algunos ejemplos de retos a los que pueden dar respuesta las soluciones presentadas son:

  • Promote the acquisition and consolidation of healthy habits in citizenship
  • Get more effective medical care and improve the patient experience
  • Increase public health and epidemiological surveillance capacities
  • Obtain better health and wellness outcomes for the dependent, chronically ill, or elderly
  • Ensure that all people have the maximum opportunity to preserve their health and well-being
  • Optimize the training and development of healthcare professionals
  • Promote research to help discover healthy patterns and new treatments
  • Encourage the sharing of successful experiences
  • Leverage data to improve patient and service user safety

Who can participate?

Registration is open to any person, team or company domiciled in the European Union, who wants to contribute to economic and social development in the field of health and well-being.

How can I sign up?

You can register through the electronic area. For this you will need your password or electronic certificate. The deadline ends on February 15, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.

You must include a detailed description of your idea and its value to society, as well as a descriptive video of the idea in Spanish, between 120 and 180 seconds long.

You have all the information at and the bases of the Challenge.

Get inspired by the finalist works from previous editions!

For inspiration, look at work from previous years.

Go ahead and participate!

If you would like to help spread this information to others, we offer materials (in Spanish) that will make it easier for you:

Infographic with the main data of the Aporta Challenge

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