On Wednesday 10 October 2018, the GovHack South Australia (SA) State Awards celebrated the best entries in this year’s open data hackathon.
The event was opened by Gail Fairlamb, Director of the Office for Digital Government, who also announced the winners of the awards sponsored by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC). The awards encouraged the use of open data to find creative ways to improve the lives of South Australians.
Congratulations to this year’s winners of the DPC GovHack awards:
More Jobs – Empowering South Australia
Winner: Xtra Jobs by XTRA
XTRA used a variety of data sets to develop an app. Xtra Jobs contains tools for individuals to assess their skills relating to desired career paths and identify training needs. The results can be used by both job seekers and recruiters to help improve employment opportunities in SA.
Lower Costs – Improving the Lives of South Australians
This concept takes the form of an interactive, self-serve kiosk that is hosted in libraries. The kiosk acts as a promotional database of activities and services in the local area that anyone can access and make use of. The team was also aware that not everyone has access to internet at home, which can lead to feelings of isolation and mental health can suffer as a result. With that in mind, they feel the higher connectedness would benefit both businesses and citizens.
Better Services – Citizens at the Centre
Through the creation of a game that helps users to remember their bushfire plan, Ready Aim Fire also taps into the social media world to keep family and friends up to date but also alerts them of bushfire events. It provides the user with useful tips throughout the game to help reduce the threat of bushfire damage to homes, while also pointing out last resort refuges in their area.