Apps for Antwerp: From Open Data to Open Services.

December 8, 2014 in Events, Featured, local governments

Since 2012 the City of Antwerp is releasing open data and the datasets keep coming our way, but that is not all what Antwerp is releasing. Now the City of Antwerp is adding Open Services that you can use in your 3rd party applications and websites as well. The first released service is the login-service, a single sign on system to use with the Antwerp A-profile in your application or website. Something you will already be able to incorporate into your application during the Apps for Antwerp hackathon.

Apps for Antwerp 2.0

  1. On Tuesday the 9th of December there will be an info-session about the hackathon with an overview of which data is released under an open license, how the open service works, how the competition works and so forth. During this info-session logins for the open service are given upon request.
  2. Those who want to submit an application in the competition must enter a case, an idea for a website or application that you are a team want to develop based on open data. Your proposal must be submitted before the 5th of January 2015. (The form will be online soon).
  3. The jury will select 9 proposals by the 10th of January 2015. Those selected proposals may work further upon their idea.
  4. On the 2nd of February, there is a closing event. The 9 selected teams will pitch their application or website to the jury and the crowd. After a short deliberation the reception and award ceremony will follow.

Target Group

It’s doesn’t matter whether you are a hobbyist, student, start-up of professional mobile agency: everyone is welcome.



date and location

The infosession itself will take place in the KBC Tower in the centre of Town. Register on the Eventbrite link to participate.


When you’re coming by car, use the public parking on the ‘Eiermarkt’. It’s only a 2 minute welke from the session location.


(Although we write this blog in English, do understand that the explanation during the info-session will be solely in Dutch)

  • state of play of open data in Antwerp and the ambitions with aOS (Antwerp operating system)
  • Introduction to the first open services
  • Demo of the first experiments with open services
  • Explanation on the contest and the rules 
  • Drink

Final Event

Date and location

Monday the 2nd of February 2015 – Den Bell, Francis Wellesplein 1, 2018 Antwerpen – doors at 19:00; start programme at 19.30 uur; end at 23 uur


  • Introduction by mayor Bart De Wever
  • Presentation of the 9 propositions by the selected application before the jury and the audience (10 minutes per submission)
  • Deliberation by the jury and reception
  • Award Ceremony


Registration for the infosession and/or the closing event on


The jury for this edition consists of the following people:

  • Dirk Diels (chairman of the jury) – director-general of work and economy at the city of Antwerp
  • Peter Crombecq -CEO Digipolis Antwerp
  • Davor Meersman – CityOfThings, iMinds 
  • Anthony Liekens -mad scientist, R&D contractor IO Lab
  • Noël Van Herreweghe -programme manager Open data at the Flemish Government.

Prizes, because what is a hackathon without an incentive?

Because agencies, startups, students and other people all have different needs, Antwerp has some prizes that are adjusted for the winners. So what do you want to win?Make a suggestion in the babbelbox.

When making a suggestion, don’t forget which type of participant you are.

Sponsors wanted

Are you one of the sponsors for this event?
Let the organisers at Apps for Antwerp know through:

We hope to see you there.

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