Open Data for Impact – Coopérathon

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For the first time ever, Cooperathon is partnering with Data Cup to bring the Open Data for Social Impact challenge.

Start your open data journey, help society through data and be in the running for a $5000 open data grant!


Build a project or service that leverages open data to have a social impact, or incorporate open data to an existing project or service that has a social impact

*You may participate in this challenge in parallel with any other theme (finance, health, education or environment).

Mission Towards a Universe of Open Data

Throughout history, humans have manifested a profound interest in collecting and recording all manners of details and statistics. From Aristotle empirical studies on fauna, flora and the surrounding environment, to Florence Nightingale’s meticulous survey of battlefield wounds and sanitation, to 23-year old Mariel Padilla’s Pulitzer-winning database of opioid-arrests chronicling Cincinnati’s heroin crisis, we have held a long tradition of helping our fellow kin through the collection and application of data. We ask ourselves, how can magnify this impact?

Well consider this. Many corporations, governments and societies acquire all manners of data in their daily activities. All this has resulted in droves of data being stored and catalogued. As much of this data is generated through the use of public funds and infrastructure or often belongs in public domain through its vary nature (i.e. the human genome), it stands to be made available to the public at large in the form of Open Data.

Many of the daily necessities that we take for granted such as on-demand bus locations, weather and GPS navigation are thanks to initiatives that embody open data principles, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There is an immense potential for social impact, if we only can capitalize on it. Now Data Cup is challenging participants of the Coopérathon to launch a project that delivers social impact and ventures into the universe of open data!


Business Viability
  • Is the value proposition of the product/service clear?
  • Does the team have a clear and thorough understanding of the problem?
  • Is the team able to convey its mission to the general public?
  • Did the team receive feedback from its users/clients?
  • Does the team understand the user’s need?
  • Is the product/service distinctive or fundamentally different from existing approaches?
  • Does the team extract/develop novel data insights/models from an open data set?
  • Is the problem that the team aims to solve novel and underserved by other solutions?
Technical Merit
  • Has the team architected or developed a solution that is robust and technologically interesting?
  • Does the project incorporate predictive features and is the accuracy impressive?
  • Does the project leverage open-source technologies, interesting sets of open datasets and/or open up IP of its own?
  • Can the architecture be scaled or reused to be leveraged beyond the proof-of-concept phase?
Social Impact
  • Does the project target a current and discernible social problem?
  • Does the product/service appreciably improve the lives of their target demographic?
  • Is the team able to measure their social impact?

This track is for you if :

You are an aspiring data scientist/engineer/visionary/guru;

You want to learn modern data analysis techniques to apply to your ideas;

You are a storyteller;

You want to contribute to open source/open data;

You want to work together to have a positive impact on society;

If you don’t know how to get started with open data and data science, check out our …




Data Visualization
October 6, 1:00PM-2:00PM

@ Esplanade
6750 Avenue de l’Esplanade
Montréal, QC, H2V 1A2

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Design Thinking Approach to AI
October 11, 6:00PM-8:00PM

@ BlockHouse
456 rue de la Gauchetière O, Suite 200
Montréal, QC, H2Z 1Y5

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Rapid Prototyping with Azure Databricks
October 13, 1:00PM-2:30PM

@ Centech
1000 St Jacques St
Montreal, QC, H3C 1G7

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On September 26th : Celebrate the launch of Cooperathon with us at the kick-off and visit our booth to learn more about Data Cup and the challenge!

From September 26th to October 21st : Contestants have until October 20th to submit their project. There will also be a pitch practice session for those interested on October 20th. You will get the chance to pitch your project during the semi-finals on the weekend of October 20-21st, depending on your city. The top five finalists will be announced on October 23rd.

From October 21st to November 1st : The 5 best projects will be selected to be presented to the jury on the finale. The teams will have 5 days to prepare their pitches.

November 1st : The top 5 teams will pitch their projects during the Cooperathon finale and one team will collect the Data Cup prize.

What is Data Cup?

Data Cup is an initiative by Desjardins that is dedicated to educating and promoting to the community the responsible usage of data. In collaboration with its partners, Data Cup offers events, competitions, tools and educational resources to enable data adepts to practice and develop their skills.