GovHack Awards Night!

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The second year of GovHack in the Northern Territory is over for 2018! Thank you to all sponsors, volunteers, participants and venues for such a huge effort.

2018 saw an increase in size, features and prizes for Northern Territory events of the GovHack national competition. For the first time, key event partner Desert Knowledge Australia hosted in Alice Springs, and Darwin added a Youth Node for students to their event.

Casuarina Secondary College year 10 students Imma Claire and Dominic Thompson won the Spirit of GovHack NT, for their attitude and commitment over the course of the weekend. Imma Claire and Dominic, along with their teacher and teammate Abi Mannion, will be travelling to Sydney for the coveted GovHack National Red Carpet Awards on the 10th of November.

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Heat Syncs

“Awesome time and awesome fun. GovHack was really cool!” said Casuarina Secondary College student Imma Claire.

The Northern Territory GovHack awards were held during StartCon and Darwin Innovation Hub’s inaugural pitching competition, Croc Pitch, on Tuesday 9th October.

A team of experts, which included representatives from Charles Darwin University, the Northern Territory Government and City of Darwin had the hard task of judging this years GovHack NT awards.

“The GovHack participants should be very proud of themselves and what they have achieved with both data and tech in such a short time,” said GovHack NT 2018 Director Shanon Loughton on the awards stage.

“There’s a natural connection between GovHack and Croc Pitch. We can be seen as startups too, but pitching to government instead, albeit very early stage!”

Amongst the top winners were:

  • Johan and Luke from Alice Springs with their “Pay It Forward” first-of-its-kind kindness task crowdsourcing app, sweeping up NTG/CDU-set Teen and Aged Care Health challenges
  • Darwin team “If There’s Time” for Discover Darwin, an open data-based interactive suburb liveability site, and also Smart Parking, using solar panels as both shade, recharge and grid interjection for City of Darwin Challenges
  • And Casuarina Secondary College and industry combined team Heat Syncs team for winning two awards for heat detection devices, citizen science placement and temperature mapping around the Top End.

For a full list of winners see GovHack

Stay in touch on Facebook GovHack NT and Twitter @GovHackNT for national Red Carpet award winners and next year’s exciting event.