Creative buzz hitting Playford

PLAYFORD is set to become a hive of innovation and creativity, as open data competition ‘GovHack’ kicks off across Australia and New Zealand this weekend.

The GovHack competition calls on teams and individuals from across the nation to use publicly available government data to create an innovative project, which may benefit the community, within the competition’s 46-hour time restraint.

The Stretton Centre will host Playford’s edition of the event for the third consecutive time, and Playford Library staff member and GovHack event organiser Jasmine Pugh said the competition always produced exciting community content.

“In the past, we’ve seen projects range from websites, mobile apps and even community programs,” she said.

“It’s all about taking raw data, which can sometimes be seen as boring, and turning it into something creative, innovation and interesting.”

In addition to developing their idea, participants must also create a video which explains their project and how it will have a positive effect on the community.

Ms Pugh said there had been many examples in previous years of Playford residents creatively identifying community needs using technology in their entries.

“One project saw a team take data from our library catalogue and use it to create an app,” she said.

“The app allowed users to search for a particular DVD or book, then it would provide directional information, similar to Google Maps, of exactly how to get to its location within the library.”

The competition will begin on Friday, July 28, at 6pm and finish on Sunday, July 30.

Prizes will be awarded to the best local projects, with state and national prizes also on offer to recognise particularly outstanding projects.

Participants are required to provide their own electronic equipment, such as laptops and tablets, however, wi-fi and meals will be provided by the Stretton Centre free of charge.

For more information, visit the Playford GovHack website (govhack.org/locations/playford).

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