The competition was part of the 2018 EU Datathon – public procurement challenge, which was organised by the Office of Publications Office of the European Union (OP) and the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. A jury, composed of 14 people from EU institutions and the private sector, assessed the entries.
The top three projects were presented during the High-level Conference on Digital Transformation of Public Procurement that the Commission organised in Lisbon on 18 October 2018.
1st prize: Tenderlake (United Kingdom)
This project uses artificial intelligence to search the websites and brochures of companies to identify what they have to sell. This information is used to send tender opportunities identified in TED to economic operators. The system gradually learns what opportunities are interesting for suppliers and only sends notices to companies that qualify.
2nd prize: Public BI (Germany)
This application is a business intelligence solution to help people and businesses uncover hidden trends, patterns, correlations and anomalies in EU public procurement.
3rd prize: Perfektio (Finland)
This solution provides past data on the procurement of innovation, such as who won the tenders and with which suppliers they were associated.