Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA

Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA

Former Minister for State Development; Transport; Innovation

    GovHack growing WA's innovation reputation

    30/07/2016 10:00 AM
    • $30,000 prize pool attracts top local talent
    • 150 participants registered to build on winning tradition
    • Geraldton participants will be joining the GovHack event for the first time

    Teams in Perth and Geraldton are this weekend designing and creating innovative solutions to everyday problems using open Government data.


    Innovation Minister Bill Marmion last night launched Perth's GovHack event at FLUX - Perth's newest co-working space. 


    "The continued success of GovHack makes it clear West Australians are thinking creatively to solve many issues using Government data," Mr Marmion said.


    The 46-hour event is timed to coincide with 40 similar events across Australia and New Zealand, providing a platform to showcase Western Australia's technological talent as part of a larger trans-Tasman open data movement.


    "With last year's winners sharing in more than $30,000 of State prizes and over $16,000 in national prizes, it's little wonder that Geraldton's innovation hub at Pollinators also wanted to become involved," the Minister said.


    One of GovHack's previous winners has gone on to develop an iOS app called Rain Parrot, which takes data from the Bureau of Meteorology and works out the vector of storms, providing localised and real-time weather condition updates.


    #oncountry is another GovHack success story, producing an interactive map of national indigenous stories, using ABC's online photo stories and TROVE data.


    Fact File

    • Run by volunteers, the not-for-profit Perth GovHack has been held in WA since 2013
    • 2016 State sponsors include the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, Insurance Commission of WA, Main Roads WA, State Library of WA, Department of Fisheries, Department of Local Government and Communities, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Office of Science, Housing Authority and the Water Corporation
    • For more information, visit http://perth.govhack.org or http://www.data.wa.gov.au

    Minister's office - 6552 6800


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