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Digital Battle: jobadvisor for and made by students

Mathias Van Compernolle

The Flemish Public Employment Service (VDAB) organizes a digital battle.

The Public Employment Service in Flanders (VDAB) is organizing a ‘Digital Battle’ for IT students. Until January 31, students in Flanders can send in their idea of a innovative jobadvisor for young people.

What’s the purpose?

A digital jobadvisor for and made by young people. This can be a webapplication, mobile app, game, visualistion,… Students are challenged to sent in a prototype or mock-up by using a public data sets of the Employment Service or as well by using other open data.

The winner takes it all?

The five best ideas can pitch their creation in the Flemish Parliament in April.

Afterwards three winners will be selected.

  • First place: 2000 euro cash and the possibility to develop the jobadvisor as a jobstudent at VDAB this summer.
  • Second place: 1000 euro
  • Third place: 500 euro.

Find out more about the digital battle here.


During Apps For Flanders organized by OKFN BE, the Flemish Government and others in September 2012 the public employment service opened some of their datasets as a test. During this moment groups of developers tried to find out what’s possible just with a small amount of data. Their feedback resulted in the digital battle, where more data on employment is open for the public.


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