Winners

The GovHack Team along with our wonderful supporters and sponsors were thrilled to see over 40 projects submitted for GovHack 2012. We were blown away by the quality, the innovation, the pure unbridled awesomeness that emitted from both Canberra and Sydney throughout the 48 hours.

Also amazing was the strong sense of comraderie that the teams shared. There was certainly some highly competitive teams but there was also a lot of sharing, mutual support, encouragement and general mutual appreciation for cool hacks. This was part of what made it such a pleasure for us to run such an event.

Below are the winners and the highly commended entries for each major prize as well as the minor prizes awarded by the judges panel. The judges panel was made up of representatives of the major prize supporters, as well as half the govhack organisers, several mentors, and some sponsors. The judges put in a lot of thought and effort to get the best outcomes and as you can see if you browse through all the teams, it was an extremely difficult range of choices!

Tomorrow you will be able to find the list of Highly Commended projects after the Winners below. We wanted to publish the winners but just need to sleep before doing all the highly commended :)

Major Prize Winners

  • Digital Humanities Category – awarded by the National Archives of Australia
    • Best use of the Archives data set - Canberra ($2500)
      History in ACTION by team History in ACTION - A website which gives Canberrans and visitors the opportunity to create their own personalised bus tour exploring Canberra’s rich history.
    • Best use of the Archives data set - Sydney ($2500)
      Photo Search by team Double Rainbows - These images are more than just pretty pictures; they reveal to us our history and identity; where we come from and what makes us Australian. Discover this country through its’ history and through these awesome archive of images.
    • Best overall Digital Humanities Award - unreliant on any particular data sets ($5000)
      A Day in the Life by team The Outsiders – A Day in the Life aims to provide a personal connection with the archives and statistical data.
  • Science Category - awarded by Bureau of Meteorology and Geoscience Australia
    • Best use of Bureau of Meteorology data sets (temperature and rainfall) ($2500)
      WeatheredOak by team NullReference – WeatheredOak is an API (advanced programming interface) for the ACORNSat historical weather.
    • Best use of Geoscience Australia data sets ($2500)
      Safe Route by team The Hackeroos - Safe Route system helps users to monitor bush fires in their region, alerts them in case of emergency, assists with evacuation and allows users to notify Emergency Services if they need to be rescued.
      • Honorary Mention for this category for AmbleMate by team Acorn Labs.
    • Best Overall Science Award - unreliant on any particular data sets ($5000)
      Time Capsule by team Laser Explosions - Time Capsule lets you visualise trends in 44 metrics over the last 30 years, sourced from 15 government data sets (and growing!).
  • Open Government Category - awarded by AGIMO, the ACT Government and the eGovernment Technology Cluster:
    • Best API development for government data sets on data.gov.au ($3000)
      WeatheredOak
       by team NullReference – WeatheredOak is an API (advanced programming interface) for the ACORNSat historical weather. ($1800)
    • SECOND PRIZE – split between two:
      • Photo Search by team Double Rainbows - These images are more than just pretty pictures; they reveal to us our history and identity; where we come from and what makes us Australian. Discover this country through its’ history and through these awesome archive of images. ($600)
      • A Day in the Life by team The Outsiders – A Day in the Life aims to provide a personal connection with the archives and statistical data. ($600)
    • Best Benefit to the ACT Community Award - unreliant on any particular data sets ($5000)
      History in ACTION by team History in ACTION - A website which gives Canberrans and visitors the opportunity to create their own personalised bus tour exploring Canberra’s rich history.
      • Honorary Mentions for this category include Route Me by team Timeless Traveller, Safe Route by team The Hackeroos and Walk My Way by team Lonesome Dove.
    • Best Open Government Award - unreliant on any particular data sets ($2000)
      OpenBudget by team 2 Guys 1 App - TheOpenBudget is a two-fold project: a brand new open source data series for government expenditure by department and function, exportable in either .json or .csv; and an online visualisation tool to scour the data itself (which is live right now!).

All minor prizes were $1000 with the exception of the the Best Data Visualisation, which was awarded a copy of the latest Design and Web PremiumCreative Suite by Adobe.

Minor Prize Categories – NSW

In competing for any of the major category prizes teams were eligible and in the running for the following minor priizes:

  • Best Use of Location Data (Geospatial) – supported by the Office for Spatial Policy
    • Route Me by team Timeless Traveller - A simple tool for getting to where you’re going on the ACT bus system. Integrates Twitter.
  • Best Data Analysis – supported by Palantir
  • Best Contribution to Open Data – supported by AusGOAL
    • OpenBudget by team 2 Guys 1 App - TheOpenBudget is a two-fold project: a brand new open source data series for government expenditure by department and function, exportable in either .json or .csv; and an online visualisation tool to scour the data itself (which is live right now!).
  • In lieu of AR as no AR contestants in Sydney, special prize for common highly commended as per the Sydney judges – supported by Adobe
    • Photo Search by team Double Rainbows - These images are more than just pretty pictures; they reveal to us our history and identity; where we come from and what makes us Australian. Discover this country through its’ history and through these awesome archive of images.
  • Best Data Visualisation – awarded by Adobe (Creative Suite)
    • Time Capsule by team Laser Explosions - Time Capsule lets you visualise trends in 44 metrics over the last 30 years, sourced from 15 government data sets (and growing!).
      • Honorary Mention for the category is OpenBudget by team 2 Guys 1 App.
  • Best Spirit of GovHack Award – for the team who demonstrates best the spirit of what GovHack is all about
    • The Happiness Index by team Happiness Matters - Governments around the world have started to investigate alternative methods for measuring “success” besides just GNP. One of these methods is Gross National Happiness, which measures quality of life or social progress in more holistic terms than GDP.
      • Honorary Mention for the category is Photo Search by team Double Rainbows.

Minor Prize Categories – ACT

In competing for any of the the major category prizes, teams were eligible and in the running for the following minor priizes:

  • Best Use of Location Data (Geospatial) – supported by the Office for Spatial Policy
  • Best Data Analysis – supported by Palantir
    • 3D Data on a Mesh – by team Matrix Mania - This project attempts to summarise 55,845 data observations from the Bureau of Meteorology in a single picture. 153 years of daily temperature data from Sydney were analysed to try and see if the effects of global warming could be observed.
  • Best Contribution to Open Data – supported by AusGOAL
    • WeatheredOak by team NullReference – WeatheredOak is an API (advanced programming interface) for the ACORNSat historical weather.
  • Best Augmented Reality Hack – supported by Adobe
    • History in ACTION by team History in ACTION - A website which gives Canberrans and visitors the opportunity to create their own personalised bus tour exploring Canberra’s rich history.
      • Honorary Mentions for the category include Route Me by team Timeless Traveller.
  • Best Data Visualisation – awarded by Adobe
  • Best Spirit of GovHack Award – for the team who demonstrates best spirit of what GovHack is all about
    • 100 Years by team Code Cadets - We are writing an iPad application which provides a visual representation (data visualisation) of the past 100 years of rainfall and temperature data provided by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. While many applications provide jumpy and difficult to follow visualisations, we intend to provide a much more appealing and easily understood representation of this historical information.

All GovHack projects are listed below in alphabetical order. Thanks to Craig for putting the list together.

Comments

  1. Alex Kachalkov

    June 4, 2012

    Would be nice to be able to send the link where people can see that I’m a member of the team,,,
    Having some kind winner certificates would be even better!

    • Pia Waugh

      June 4, 2012

      Hi Alex, will do, we’ll update the page with a whole lot more info in the coming days. But update your team page so when people click through there they’ll see you :)

      Cheers,
      Pia

  2. Cecilia

    June 4, 2012

    It would be really great if we didn’t have to be there physically to present the project to be eligible….how about considering a web video upload max 3mins next year? Would be a lot easier for some of us who had to fly just to be there :)

    • Pia Waugh

      June 4, 2012

      Hi Cecilia, will definitely consider it :) We want to sorta bring people together where possible, and limited numbers is useful for time management (as you saw by the extended presentation ceremony), but perhaps we could have the challenge over a week, and then a couple of days for judges to judge, and then an event to watch all entries over the course of an afternoon, and award prizes then with more time for judges to prepare :) Will think upon it.

      Thanks for coming to participate, let us know if you’d like help running one in WA ;)
      Pia and the team

  3. Cecilia

    June 4, 2012

    Thanks for the response Pia and also -> a big shout out to everyone who organised it and kept us fed and happy for the two days. We didn’t get a chance to do this before we left (as hubby and I had to run and catch a plane during the presentations :( ) but the feeling of appreciation was definitely there from us both :) Thanks!

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