MFK launches DigData Energy Challenge
The Millennium Foundation Kosovo has launched the national Open Data Challenge on Energy, inviting open data movers, shakers and opinion-makers, start-ups, civil society, the private sector, academia, journalists, designers, technology innovators, and creative problem solvers to submit proposals on how open data could be used for better energy choices and policies.
Given that the current available data in the energy sector is presented in a confusing and incomplete manner, which makes it difficult for the citizens to understand and interpret it, #DigData Energy applicants are expected to come up with solutions that help consumers have access to clear and reliable information on energy.
Using Open Data in Energy will not only help consumers gain control over their energy consumption, but ideally it will also encourage them to take on energy efficiency and energy saving measures, thus reducing their electricity bills and supporting policy makers towards improvements on energy efficiency and sustainable sources of renewable energy in Kosovo.
“Open Data Challenges are meant to help the civil society, private sector, academics to use open data sources in policy proposals and piloting of specific solutions for our energy problems. We help the government increase transparency and we help NGOs navigate the available data sources for a better collaboration with the institutions” – Petrit Selimi, MFK’s CEO, stated on the occasion of the launch of the DigDataEnergy Call.
#DigData is a series of open data challenges that aim to improve the public availability of judicial, environmental and labor force data. At the same time, the challenges encourage the analytical use of data by civil society, businesses, and the Government, in order to promote data-driven decision-making and foster productive partnerships between the aforementioned actors. It’s an activity implemented by MFK, with the support of Millennium Challenge Corporation, USA.