Apps4Gaps is an all-Ireland competition aimed at encouraging young people to provide concepts and create applications utilising Open Data freely available.

National Open Data Portal:
Central Statistics Office’s Application Programming Interface (API):

These apps can benefit society in such areas as transport, housing, planning, education, communications and health. In the process, participants will be encouraged to:

  • work as a team
  • learn or increase their skills in computer science
  • utilise the opportunities presented by Open Data
  • be challenged in creating technologies such as mobile apps.



Definition of an App
An app is defined as any piece of software that can be run on a  mobile device (mobile app), within a social platform (social app) or in a browser (web app).

Team categories
The competition is open to teams of two or three participants from any part of the island of Ireland.

Student Teams
Where all team members are students from Irish primary, secondary or third level institutions. Teachers/lecturers must register the team.

Open Teams
Where one or more of the team members are not students. A team leader registers the team.

Entry Categories
Teams may enter either a working app or a concept entry:

  • Working app: Submission of a fully developed app
  • Concept entry: Proposal of ideas for theoretical software application (“app”)

Entrants must use at least one of the required Datasets from

Competition Rules
For  the complete information on the competition rules, please go to the RULES section.

Link to 2014 competition results
Click here

Please send your feedback and comments on the Apps4Gaps competition to: