Ontotext Supports Hacking Sofia With Open Data

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ontotext Supports Hacking Sofia With Open Data

Ontotext To Award ‘Linked Data Innovation’ Prize at Sofia Municipality Innovation Hackathon 2016 

(updated with winners information) 

Semantic technology developer Ontotext  awarded a special ‘Linked Data Innovation’ Prize to the team that came up with an innovative linked-data solution during the 24-hour Sofia Municipality Innovation Hackathon 2016. 

As part of the hackathon, which took place at Sofia’s National Palace of Culture on 9 and 10 June, Ontotext awarded an innovative solution that is aimed at improving the lives of Sofia residents and is based on open data and applies the Linked Data standards. Ontotext offered a prize of 1,000 leva, plus support for the implementation of the solution – including mentoring, maintenance and licenses for GraphDB SE – for the equivalent of 12,000 leva.

The winner of the special price is the La Romantico team with “Monument” project for digital access to information about historical buildings in Sofia.



Ontotext’s Head of GraphDB DevEx, Pavel Mihaylov was one of the mentors at the hackathon, while Ontotext Head of Marketing Milena Yankova is a non-voting member of the jury which awarded the special prize. Ontotext ensured access to several open datasets as linked data in the Amazon Cloud, so participants will need Internet access to be able to create and test their innovative linked-data solutions.  

Sofia Municipality Innovation Hackathon 2016

The Sofia Municipality Innovation Hackathon 2016 – organized by the Fund for Innovations in partnership with Innovation Starter and the Innovation Academy for Students – will see the participation of 63 teams from 7 universities. Under the mentorship of the jury, the teams will have the opportunity to work for a full 24 hours on their demos, digital platforms, software solutions and presentations on how to solve the challenges Sofia faces in education, healthcare, and the preservation and promotion of its cultural and historical heritage.

Sofia hackathon team presentation


Sofia mayor Yordanka Fandakova is a member of the Hackathon Jury and hosted the final award ceremony.

For more information, contact Doug Kimball, Chief Marketing Officer at Ontotext