Telecom Italia, in association with EIT ICT Labs, MIT Media Lab, Milan Polytechnic and Trento RISE, has launched the Big Data Challenge, an online call for developers, researchers and designers from all over the world to come up with brand-new big data services and applications. Under the project, a big data package is given to participants, be they professionals, enterprises or bodies. Participants can choose between applications for mobile or web devices, model trend analysis, and data visualization through infographics. Their best ideas will then be examined by a panel of domestic and international experts who will select ten finalists and then pick the three best projects at the ICT Days event in Trento on 2 and 3 April.
The geo-referenced, anonymous and aggregated data was collected over a two-month time span from territories in the metropolitan area of Milan and the province of Trento, and covers telecommunications, public and private transport, energy consumption, the weather and the social network sphere.
Participants have until 10 February to sign up for the initiative at the Big Data Challenge and will be able to download the entire data package from 14 January.