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The DB provides data under a free license and invite regularly to hackathons in the DB mindbox - which was awarded as "Ausgezeichneter Ort im Land der Ideen"

Place for Open Data is the DB mindbox at Jannowitzbrücke in Berlin. In the Coworking Space of Deutsche Bahn, startups and DB employees work together on data-driven new developments. Out of more than 1,000 applications, the Deutsche Bahn's OpenData team was selected as one of the 100 most innovative projects by an expert jury and was awarded the "Ausgezeichneter Ort im Land der Ideen", means english "Excellent Place in the Land of Ideas" award.

Deutsche Bahn hosts regular hackathons to develop new solutions based on open data. Developers, startups and company representatives come together to conduct analyses and program new applications. DB employees participated in the fifth hackathon in September 2016, and now, the DB invited external and internal developers as well as the Japanese railway JR East in spring 2017 for the first time a partner company to develop with their data together new applications.

The data.deutschebahn.com platform lets programmers and developers access and use open data. Data includes platform and elevator data, a directory of operating locations, the railway network and data from Flinkster and Call a Bike, for example. Data is being added to the portal at data.deutschebahn.com/apis all the time, including for unrestricted use with different application programming interfaces (APIs).

Developers have the opportunity to use the data to conduct analyses, program applications or develop new software solutions for customers. By making this data available, DB hopes to improve data quality and develop services further. The platform is being developed in close consultation with the open data community, the platform's primary target group.

Deutsche Bahn's Open Innovation competition invites companies, the scientific community and startups to submit solutions that could be developed further and implemented with DB's support. The competition was held for the first time in 2015. Individual business units of DB ask participants to solve specific tasks.

Deutsche Bahn and the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) have also agreed to allow developers to use data from both entities. DB has networked its open data platform with the BMVI's mCloud, the first company to do so.