Help the world work, play, and communicate

Here at Oxford Dictionaries, we power a huge range of technologies, apps, and digital services. Our world-renowned dictionary data powers search engines, provides definitions in e-readers, and makes predictive text and language-learning software possible. We use cutting-edge technology to integrate and optimize our rich language data, and work with partners across the globe to create some of the most flexible and reliable platforms and processes in the world.

Our data is open. What can you do with it?

We love language, and we want the world to communicate more easily. That’s why we’re continually working to open our data to allow developers to create apps, digital tools, and programmes we haven’t even begun to think about that will allow the world to communicate across languages, for both work and fun.

View all documentation for the Oxford Dictionaries API.

The competition

Use one or more of the languages in the Oxford Dictionaries API to create a game, chatbot, web service, language-learning resource, or communication tool.

Our languages include:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Hindi
  • Urdu
  • IsiZulu
  • Malay
  • Latvian
  • Indonesian
  • Setswana
  • Northern Sotho
  • Romanian
  • Swahili

It doesn’t matter if your app is an existing application that has recently integrated Oxford Dictionaries data or a brand new app; already published in an app store or never-before publicised. You can enter as an individual or as a team. We want to see what you can create!

View the full terms and conditions or enter here.

The prizes

First place: Free PRO access to the Oxford Dictionaries API for eight months, plus an Oxford Dictionaries collector's mug. Your app will be showcased on the Oxford Dictionaries API portal and we will work with you to help develop your app with our data.

Runners up: free PRO access to the Oxford Dictionaries API for one month and a collector's mug for:

  • Best game
  • Best language-learning app
  • Best communications tool
  • Best original idea

All entrants will receive an Oxford Dictionaries API T-shirt on submission of their app.

The judges

How to enter