Open Data Day 2017

"Know Your Hood" Online Community Challenge

Only entries submitted between 9am - 5pm on Saturday, 04 March 2017, will be eligible for a prize.

Once a year the global open data community dedicates a day to spreading the love around open data in the form of International Open Data Day. It’s all about introducing people to what open data is, showing the value of it and how it can be used to make a difference on a daily basis and generally having fun and learning with data. This year is no different and once again we will be joining in the global celebration.

The Challenge

How well does your municipality manage its budget? How many months cash runway do they have in the bank? What is the ratio of unemployed youth compared to retired people living in your neighbourhood? What’s the most common level of education in your community? Unearth the most interesting story about your community and win a cash prize!

We are inviting people all over the country to spend a few hours getting to know their communities a bit better, using really simple tools powered by open data.

We have a fun quiz to complete using a combination of the following tools: (feel free to play around with them already)

How to get involved?

Participate online

Let us know you are accepting this challenge and we will ensure you are kept up to date with the latest information.

Participate at a local event

If you see an event in your area, why not join them on the day? We will update the list below as it grows:


  • Organiser: Siyabonga Africa
  • Location: 44 Stanley Ave, Milpark, Johannesburg
  • Time: 10am
  • Contact: [email protected]
Join event

Cape Town

  • Organiser: Lenina Rassool
  • Location: Kensington, Cape Town
  • Time: 10am - 12pm
  • Contact: [email protected]
Join event

Host an event

Do you have a space with Internet access where you could host some participants? Register your event and we will make sure you have everything you need for the day.


  1. Only entries submitted between 9am - 5pm on Saturday, 04 March 2017, will be eligible for a prize.
  2. The quiz will be released at 9am and closes at 5pm 4 March 2017 South African Standard Time.
  3. Two cash prizes of R2000 each will be awarded to the participant or team who correctly answers all the questions and discovers the most interesting story about their community, as voted for by the Code for South Africa team.
  4. People are welcome to work in teams, however only a single prize is available.
  5. We recognise and celebrate our diverse languages in South Africa, however to maintain simplicity the quiz will be in English and all answers are required to be in English to be eligible for the prize.
  6. Participants may join at any time during the day.
  7. While you can take part in the challenge from anywhere on the planet, please note the data is specific to South Africa, and prizes can only be awarded to residents of South Africa with a South African bank account.
  8. Winners will be announced on 10 March 2017.

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