GovHack Queensland – Awards across the state

Media Release 19 October 2018

This evening Queenslanders from all across the state came together to celebrate their hard work in the 2018 GovHack Queensland Competition. In September, during the GovHack hackathon, over 300 hackers developed 55 projects which were entered into challenges both in the Queensland and National competitions.

Tonight we celebrate 28 of these projects which have been received awards. Also recognised were the Spirit of GovHack Winners from across the eight events around the state.

GovHack Australia Limited Chair and Queensland State Director Jason Weigel said “The combination of technical and creative skills combined with a desire to improve society through applications of open data made this year’s winners particularly outstanding“.

A few of the state winners are:

alitternation

alitternation is a web application powered by government data that aims to give Australians both the knowledge and motivation to clean up their communities. With alitternation, users can easily lookup objects via several methods, such as barcode scanning, image recognition and simple product lookups to find out what they can do with it. From there the site can show the user where the nearest receptacle for it is, taking the hassle out of doing the right thing.

alitternation keeps track of all items disposed of, as well as where and when they were found. The group hope to provide this data back to the government in order to empower their decision making about litter. With this data, we will be able to learn so much more about where people tend to litter, as well as what products and brands are the worst off. With this, the government will be able to make educated decisions to prevent future littering.

Aussie Animal Scavenger Hunt

Aussie Animal Scavenger Hunt (AASH) is an educational product that will have kids learning an Indigenous language while adventuring outdoors searching for animals. Scavenger Guides (such as teachers, parents or carers) can use the website to print out Animal Scavenger Hunt Maps for their local area. The Scavenger Guide also has a local Indigenous language dictionary with all the animals they can expect to find.

The scavenger hunt will begin with a language lesson to learn Indigenous animal names. Then, kids can then take their maps out into the field and check off each animal they find as well as writing the traditional Aboriginal name in the blank field provided.

Smart Ways to Live

“Smart Ways to Live” is an interactive educational app that increases community resilience using a fun and innovation method. The app highlights strategies and information utilising modern technology that connects Young People ages 10 -12 to educational content that has real-life application.

This app’s potential is an outreach to the Mainstream Education System by utilising smart devices to deliver content that compliments existing Disaster Management literature.

A few other entries include

“Markdown”, a proof of concept application that provides a way for senior and companion card holders to find local Businesses offering discounted services. “Take Me Anywhere” aims to connect people seeking a career change with current job opportunities in Queensland’s Tourism industry.

Thanks to our Sponsors

GovHack Queensland would not be possible without our fantastic state sponsors including State Award Naming Rights and Premier Sponsor: Queensland Government; Gold Sponsors: Griffith University; Silver Sponsors: CQUniversity and The University of Queensland; Bronze Sponsors: Sunshine Coast CouncilNoosa Shire CouncilRegional Development Australia Sunshine CoastLivingstone Shire Council, and Fisherburners; and Event Partner: The University of Queensland.

All state winners will be available at: https://www.govhack.org/2018-state-territory-winners-shortlisting/#QLD

Contact Peter Marks media@govhack.org and Jason Weigel jason@govhack.org for more information.