Innovators put data in public hands

YOUTH WINNERS: Mount Gambier Library youth services coordinator Terasa Nearmy and John Cranwell with GovHack competition youth node winners Elly and Dale Bachmann, Lilli Fulwood and Lee Cranwell.

A RECORD 45 competitors participated in this year’s GovHack Open Data competition at the Mount Gambier library.

The three-day event provided budding entrepreneurs with an opportunity to connect, share ideas and create innovative ways to access open government data.

GovHack events were held across Australia simultaneously from September 7 to 9.

In 46 hours of competition time, 11 local teams developed ideas to compete in the youth node or adult node.

“Mount Gambier participants submitted 12, three-minute videos to promote their efforts,” Mount Gambier Library youth services coordinator Terasa Nearmy said.

“Our competitors contributed to one third of all South Australian entries.

“When compared to population density, Mount Gambier boasted the greatest number of hackers involved in the event, which is a great achievement.”

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