Government data opens doors for start-up innovators

SMPerth // 25th August 2017

Local tech gurus will go head-to-head over 48 hours this weekend (August 26-27) to solve government agency challenges using open data, at the inaugural Ministry of Data hackathon.

The Ministry of Data is a new not-for-profit group which aims to solve difficult government problems, generate sustainable Western Australian start-ups and create job opportunities in the digital space.

Open data from Main Roads and the Water Corporation will be used to create programs that may provide solutions to complex problems, such as identifying roadside hazards, in 18,000 kilometres of rural road network, through video footage.

The event has been designed to go further than hackathons of the past, with winners not only receiving a cash prize sponsored by Main Roads and the Water Corporation (first prize is $1,500 and second is $500), but also mentoring opportunities and the potential to work within government agencies to get their solutions implemented.

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Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly:

“Through this event, the McGowan Government is partnering with innovators and start-ups to create jobs in the new digital economy and drive public sector efficiency.

“By opening up its data, government can benefit from innovative ideas, and at the same time support Western Australian start-ups to create the jobs of the future.

“Winners of this event will not only receive a cash prize, but also mentoring and opportunities to work within government agencies to further develop their concept.

“I look forward to seeing locally developed solutions at work in our government agencies.”


Source: Government of Western Australia Media Statement


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