If you have a question that we haven’t answered, just tweet us @appchallenge and one of the team will help you get started. The #EULife AppChallenge is designed to be as accessible as possible. We’re here to help, just ask.

Watch our step-by-step tutorial. All you need is a text editor and internet access. No special software and we’ll show you how to access the data.

Explore the data using our API Explorer

The explorer is using the UK Data Service API to return results based on your query from the European Quality of Life Survey. It’s a great tool to help you understand the data and to test results from your own app. If you’re wondering how it works, we’ve written a blog post about it here

Frequently Asked Questions


What do I need to do?

You need to build an app using the Eurofound European Quality of Life Open Data.  Don’t worry it’s not as hard as it sounds. There is lots of information on how to access the data and you can also use freely available tools on the web to build your app. You’ll need to video your app working and then fill out our entry form.

What Operating System should I use?

We’re asking you to build and app and submit a video of it working on our entry form. You can use any platform including Android, iOS, Ubuntu, Windows Phone, Blackberry OS, Connected TV and HTML5.

Does it have to be a mobile app?

We’re using the term “app” loosely. You can also develop a web app (also known as HTML5), Smart Watch or Connected TV app if you choose.

I’m not a developer, how do I get involved?

We’ve tried to make this contest as accessible as possible, even if you’re new to coding. Watch our step-by-step coding tutorials and join us on Facebook or Twitter where you can ask the community if people would like to collaborate with you.

Watch our step-by-step tutorial. All you need is a text editor and internet access. No special software and we’ll show you how to access the data.

There are some great tools on the web that make app building easy. A couple that we’ve used including Conduit and AppBuilder. You can also submit as a team, so if you have a great idea maybe it’s worth finding someone who can build apps to join you.

I’m not from the European Union, can I still enter?

Yes you can. We’re accepting entries from people around the world.

When is the closing date?

The contest closes at 5pm GMT (London Time) on the 30th September 2015

How long it be before you announce the winners

Judging usually takes around two weeks from contest close. We hope to announce the prize winners within 30 days of the competition closing.

What is the background to this competition?

We received funding from the ESRC (Economic & Social Research Council) to publish key data under an open data license. We’ve worked closely with the UK Data Service to do this and to help them build an open data API infrastructure. Eurofound were kind enough to let us work with their European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) which is a comprehensive study of how people feel about the area they live in, which takes place every four years. We are running this App Challenge to encourage developers to use the data and create innovative new apps.

What are you looking for when you judge our entries?

We’re looking for the following:

  1. How innovative is your idea?
  2. How well put together is it? i.e. does it work and do something useful?
  3. Your use of the Open Data
  4. How much of an impact on society will your app make?
  5. How have you “mashed-up” our open data with other sources to do something interesting with your app?

You can find out more about our judging process on the rules page

Is the prize money cash?

Yes it is. We’ll transfer the money to the winner via bank transfer.

We’re a company, can we submit an entry?

Yes you can, but please make sure you fill out the entry form correctly so that we know you are a legal entity.

Why are you asking for my email address to download the brief?

We ask for your name and email address so that we can email you as the deadline approaches. You can submit from this list if you don’t want to receive emails from us.

Can I Mash-up other services with the EQLS Open Data?

Absolutely! For this contest you just need to make sure you use the EQLS Open Data to qualify. After that feel free to create mash-ups with other data sources. If you’re not sure what a mash-up is, it’s when you use different web services together to create a new app or service. For example, you could pull careers data from LMI for All or mapping information from Google maps to augment the EQLS  data.

Do I keep my Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)?

Yes you do. We recognise that some people might integrate code they’ve previously written or use the open data in an app that they are working on. We would like to use your video and entry details for our own marketing and publicity. This is reflected in the Terms & Conditions of entry, which we encourage you to read.

Can you show me an example?

Watch our step-by-step tutorial. All you need is a text editor and internet access. No special software and we’ll show you how to access the data.

Can I submit a Facebook App?

Yes you can submit a Facebook app to this competition providing that you use the Open Data provided

When you say apps what do you mean?

We will accept the following apps: Mobile Apps including iOS, Android, Ubuntu, Windows Phone; Facebook apps, Web/HTML5 apps, Smart Watch and Smart TV apps. If you need further clarification please contact us

What is in the European Quality of Life Survey?

The short answer is a lot! We’re providing data from 2007 and 2011. To help you understand the data we’ve written a series of blog posts that are well worth reading.

How do I get in touch with the API team directly?

You can fill out the contact form which is on the UK Data Service support page for the API.