TRANSFORMING water drainage areas into wetlands, a gaming app to train people for mining jobs and an app to help WA Police and the community map anti-social areas – these were just some of the winning ideas at HackED 2017.
The annual hack-a-thon run by SPUR and powered by Landgate attracted 200 keen secondary students last Friday. The students gathered at the Midland Railway Workshops and used location data to develop new ways to improve their communities.
SPUR general manager Peter Markham said it was an excellent opportunity for students to discover the wide range of location information available through data.wa.gov.au.
“HackED is a fast-paced, exciting way for students to discover the power of open data and to build critical thinking, creativity and digital literacy – key career skills,” he said.
“This year the judges were thoroughly impressed by the standard of entries.
“The students took location data and added their creativity to solve community challenges and find ways of improving services to young people.”