Open Bangsamoro Data Challenge

Announced during the Inaugural Data Ethics Meetup, the Open Bangsamoro Data Challenge invites data analysts, data scientists, application developers, and students to step up and participate in using data for social good by pitching in their technology and data skills to shed light on the Open Bangsamoro Data.



Open Bangsamoro was a collaborative initiative of The Asia Foundation, UK FCO, and the Regional Government of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao as part of the preparation for the transition to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). Open Bangsamoro contains data, maps, and other information relevant to the transition and is open to the public.

The raw data is there, but now needs the touch of data science and engineering to bring it to life.


Using data: provide insights, solutions, or strategies that will be of help to the development of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.


  1. Visit the Open Bangsamoro site and check out the datasets. It will also help to get acquainted with the Bangsamoro itself to get better context.
  2. Submit a brief abstract of what kind of inquiry/research/application/dashboard you would like to do on the data here:

  3. You will shortly receive a notification confirming your entry to the challenge.
    Final entries have to be submitted by 6 January 2020 for judging.
  4. Final entry format:
    • PPT Presentation on the entry. Include your objective, data sources, brief discussion of your methodology, and final findings/results
    • Github link for relevant codes/scripts or prototypes
    • (If applicable) URL link to your prototype (if not already on Github)
    • All entries will be open-sourced under Creative Commons (BY) license and also submitted to the Open Bangsamoro organization
  5. If your entry is selected as a finalist, you will get to present your work on the next data ethics meetup on 23 January 2020.
  6. Winners of the challenge will get official recognition from The Asia Foundation, the Analytics Association of the Philippines, and a cash prize.

Guidance Notes

  • Data sources – you are not limited to Open Bangsamoro data for the entries. Teams are encouraged to combine datasets from other sources such as but not limited to: Open Data PH, Weather Data, Health Data, Financial Data, Economic Data, Satellite Data, and more. However it is necessary that some of the data sources come from Open Bangsamoro
  • Types of entries – be creative: you can submit a research paper, a dashboard, a predictive model, an application. You can submit prototypes, concept proposals, or an end-to-end app.

We look forward to your creative work. For additional inquiries please send a message to