Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

25 August 2017

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Information Technology and Innovation

Tasmania’s GovHack winners recognised

Congratulations to Tasmania’s best IT minds who are being recognised at the annual GovHack Awards night.

GovHack is a national competition where participants are given government data and have to come up with new and innovative ways it can be used to improve people’s lives.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is proud to support GovHack because we want to encourage bright ideas that could benefit our State and see more young people consider a career in Information and Communications Technology.

Over 270 Tasmanian Government datasets were made available for use at GovHack, with new data about our health system (including hospital, oral health, breast screening, mental health and ambulance services); schools (school enrolments, attendance rates and class sizes); justice; land and environment; and local history and heritage information (including gravesite locations).

From 28-30 July 2017, GovHack events took place at 36 locations across Australia and New Zealand. Tasmanian teams generated 18 concept projects from events in Hobart and Launceston.

Tasmanian projects ranged from a web application to help first home buyers in selecting the ideal place to buy their own home, to a website which allows users to easily locate Urban Art, and a card game that teaches people about life in early Tasmania while they complete milestones in the lives of colonial citizens.

The Government supported an additional prize for this year’s Tasmanian GovHack events in the form of a ‘Best Use of Tasmanian Heritage Data’ award.

The heritage award sits alongside the Government’s 'Most Outstanding Tasmanian Benefit’ and ‘Most Commercial Benefit’ awards and was popular with hackers, receiving six entries.

I wish all Tasmanian entrants success at the international awards which will be held in Brisbane on October 14th.

The projects from Tasmanian teams can be viewed here:

GovHack Tasmania 2017 Prize Winners:

Best Data Visualisation, supported by Sense-T -   Death Who?

Best Use of Tasmanian Local Council Data, supported by HCC & LCC  - CIAN

Design Excellence, supported by ACS - Death Who?

Best Project by a Student Team, supported by ACS -  Urbania

Encouragement Award, supported by TasmaNet - Day-TAH

Most Outstanding Tasmanian Benefit, supported by Tas Government - TasPast

Most Commercial Potential, supported by Tas Government - Know Your Place

Best Use of Tasmanian Heritage Data, supported by Tas Government - Death Who?

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