Finance Minister Bill Marmion and Lands Minister Terry Redman have congratulated the 16 winning teams and six individual champions who took out $35,000 in Western Australian prizes at the weekend's GovHack Perth 2015.
"Not only are they deserving winners, their interpretation of a wide range of government data has thrown up some exciting innovations, with potential public and private sector applications," Mr Marmion said.
Mr Redman said he was particularly pleased with the winners of the highest value award, Landgate's Most Innovative Use of Location Information Prize.
"The Synergizing Synergies For Sitizens team analysed Landgate data to highlight Perth suburbs that may be best placed for rooftop solar investment," he said.
"To help take their work forward, they will receive six months of assistance from a Landgate Business Development mentor, valued at $8,000."
Now in its third year, GovHack Perth attracted a record 140 data hackers to Perth CBD's Spacecubed co-working and innovation centre over the weekend.
Mr Marmion used GovHack Perth 2015 to launch the State Government's Open Data Policy which will make a wide range of government data available online.
"Government agencies contributed dozens of data sets for interpretation at GovHack, plus $19,000 to the WA prize pool, with the focus on delivering practical outcomes," he said.
"The winning ideas will be pitched to the public sector and evaluated on their potential to improve service delivery.
"From past experience, there could also be some promising commercial applications."
GovHack Perth is part of the national GovHack competition. Winners of more than $100,000 in national prizes will be announced on September 2, 2015.
GovHack Perth 2015 sponsors included: the departments of the Premier and Cabinet, Aboriginal Affairs and Culture and the Arts; Landgate; Main Roads WA; Synergy; Regional Development Australia; RAC; Cisco; Pawsey Supercomputing Centre; Curtin University; Community and Public Sector Union; Spacecubed; Knowledge Society; GovHack National; Women in Technology Western Australia; NGIS
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