Tech heads wanted

OPEN-DATA competition Unleashed has provided 2015 competitor Liam Cameron-Smith with valuable skills toward his study, and a potential career.

Unleashed, sponsored by the Department of State Development, is currently taking registrations for young South Australians keen to
create state services that include technology.

Throughout last year’s competition, Liam learned to work under pressure, whilst gaining work-related skills relevant to the information and technology field.

Liam was a member of the South Australian winning team, ‘BOLT’, which competed at the Playford Library in the N3xGen Node of the competition.

Due to qualifying in the junior competition category, Liam and his team only had to produce a video that showcased a ‘good-looking concept’.

The team’s winning concept was a website that included compiled data about Playford citizens who served in World War I.

Liam said the key to producing the concept video in such a tight deadline was working well as a team.

“The most important thing is teamwork,” Liam said.

“If each of your team members can quickly learn one of the essential skills required to put together a convincing video presentation, then you should definitely participate.

“It’s a cool competition, and you don’t lose anything by participating.”

BOLT was highly successful with its idea, winning $2000 worth of hardware, gadgets and vouchers.

Playford Council Mayor Glenn Docherty said the competition is a great chance for young people to assist in data services and also encourages local people to get involved.

“We know how tech-savy young people are. This is a great opportunity for participants as young as 13 to share their ideas, skills and, potentially, help council enhance our data services,” Mr Docherty said.

To enter the 2016 competition, held from July 29 to 31, or to find out more, visit

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