Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA

Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA

Former Minister for State Development; Transport; Innovation

    GovHack showcases WA’s innovative nous

    2/08/2016 12:50 PM
    • $30,000 in prizes awarded to 16 winning teams
    • GovHack Perth the largest event of its type in Australia 

    An app that uses shark data and another that taps into local government services are among the winners at this year's GovHack event.


    Innovation Minister Bill Marmion congratulated participants at this year's event, which attracted more people than any other across the 40 trans-Tasman event locations.


    "GovHack is proof of the groundswell of innovative talent in Western Australia," Mr Marmion said.


    "The combination of open data provided by Government agencies and the cutting-edge talent of our local teams has produced amazing results."


    Winning projects from this year's competition included:

    • Baby Got Hack - a dashboard for local government services
    • Colourful Past - an app that automatically colourises historical photographs
    • Point Break - an app that uses shark data and coastal information to generate community engagement in beachside areas. 

    Participants at GovHack 2016 had access to more than 750 datasets from 24 Government agencies. 


    "The Liberal National Government is continuously adding to our open data portal, with agencies regularly contributing to the State's central repository of Government data," the Minister said.


    GovHack participants who want to take their ideas further can participate in the State Government's Start IT Up WA Challenge 2016.


    "The challenge aims to nurture innovative, technology-based solutions to Government problems, through ongoing mentoring, beta testing in Government agencies and a prize pool of $100,000," Mr Marmion said.


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