Land Registry open data challenge winners announced

The Land Registry has announced Adzuna and Dan Hilton as the first winners of its open data challenge. Both entries win a £3000 prize.

The winners were awarded on the basis of their ability to demonstrate the economic potential of the Land Registry’s data with applications that focus on helping jobseekers and online shoppers.

Eddie Davies, Land Registry’s Director of Commercial & Customer Strategy said: “The quality of the successful entries in our first commercial competition was remarkably high and proves that creativity can be harnessed into developing practical tools which can have a positive impact on the UK economy.

“As supporters of the government’s transparency and open data agendas, we’re pleased that the challenge has been successful in driving business innovation forward.”

Adzuna is a search engine for classified ads designed to make it easier to find the perfect job, home or car locally.

The site was established two years ago and attracts three million users per month.

Jenna Brown, data analyst at Adzuna said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this award from Land Registry. Empowering citizens to maximise their salary versus living costs is key to improving lives and growing the UK economy.

“This comes at a perfect time as we have just opened up our own data to the world via an API, which we hope will inspire others to build more empowering tools.”

Dan Hilton is a software developer whose winning entry enables ecommerce providers to prompt their customers to amend an out of date delivery address, saving the retailer the cost of misdirected post and returns.

Mr Hilton said of his award: “I’m thrilled that my concept has been recognised by Land Registry as an attractive proposition for the retail market.

"The award means that I can take the next step and start on the first iteration of a web API.”

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