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Re: [gctechspace] GovHack 2013 - My quick picks summarised.

From: Mark V.
Sent on: Monday, June 3, 2013 4:38 PM
Thanks David. 

I managed the first one only!


On 03/06/2013, at 15:13, David Tangye <[address removed]> wrote:

For those finding the volume of apps that came out of the GovHack weekend overwhelming to read, here are my 2 dozen or so faves from the dozens of outstanding entries, from the useful to the amusing. I am sure to have missed a few gems but I hope this inspires you to go look at more on the GovHack website and get a feel for some of our data that our governments are sitting on that we could get huge benefit from, particularly if quality APIs were made available to quality data.
  • Local Lookout: Council has several web pages that inform ratepayers about water outages, street closures, public events and emergencies. At present, ratepayers have to actively go to the web pages to find out if they are affected. It would be much more useful if Council notified ratepayers directly and individually about events that will affect them. Local Lookout is a service that sends Council messages as push notifications to mobile devices, including mobile phones, tablets and Pebble watches.

  • Emergency: A smart phone app to use in an event of an emergency. Features
    - quick dial of 000 and police assistance,
    - locate nearest police stations
    - locate nearest emergency services
    - send alert to friends/family of your emergency
    - store your personal medical details such as allergies
    An an emergency, it's likely only bare minimal telephone service is working such as telephone and sms. Hence the app is standalone and not dependent on a central infrastructure. Emergency services and locations databases are stored on the phone. So the app will be fully functional even if there's no 3G network connectivity.  Once the app is opened, it will clear the lock on your phone, so if someone come to your assistant want to know about you, they can look in your app personal details.

  • TheOpenIndex: The toughest barrier to improving government transparency is getting traction with old-fashioned, technophobic, and time-poor bureaucracies. On top of this, we lack proper metrics for reporting on, and improving the level of transparency - making it impossible to incentivize the right kind of behaviours. Introducing TheOpenIndex. Our unique new data source and visualisation quantifies each federal government department on their commitment to transparency, shedding light on which areas of government excel at openess, and which are lagging behind.
  • Green Star: How much damage is your television doing? Intergrating synergistic dataflows to empower consumer decision making and draw social attention to being green. Using live data from as well as static information from global research, we inform consumers about their television's behaviour and the hidden costs they incur, while suggesting better alternatives where possible.

  • Natural Resource Consumption: is about visualization of electricity, natural gas and coal consumption over 50 years by Australian states and territories
  • What party am I?  With the election looming and so much rhetoric flying back and forth it's difficult for a voter to decide which party represents them. Our tool uses data from the Austrailan Government Hansard to help you decide.  We do this by analysing how parties voted on similar bills grouped around a topic.  We present these topics as questions to the
    user and allow them to find the party that has been representing their concerns in Parliament over the last election cycle.

  • JumpBus: is a client/server solution that provides user-friendly timetable information to promote the best use of commuter time. The client application is is a mobile application, including a commuter version and a driver version, (See also Know your bus)
  • Baleen Whales in Australian Waters: is a visualization of data about whale distribution around Australia. I've attempted to make this information beautiful by showing the actual whales themselves within the app. Viewers can read information about the whales, see where they live and interact with the whale by clicking and dragging on them to rotate them. Beauty is not only visual, to to make this information even more appealing I've included audio of the whales singing. This app can be viewed directly in the browser using the free Unity web player plugin, and is targetted at a general public audience such as museum visitors.

  • Open Data Correlator: is designed to be an easy, user-friendly way to identify unexpected correlations between the inputted data sets. For the sake of pushing out this ambitious project in time for GovHack2013 submission deadlines, the Open Data Correlator is currently built to work with chronological data sets - although we have created it in such a way that other kinds of data sets will be easy enough to implement in the near future. Upon feeding the Open Data Correlator two or more data sets, the user will be presented with the Pearson Coefficient and the Spearman Coefficient, which are used to describe to the user whether there is a strong positive or negative correlation, a possible correlation, or none at all. The purpose of this project is to analyse huge amounts of data and find correlations that would not otherwise have been noticed.
  • Time Traveller is to enable the community to explore a space, seeing its history unfold around them and tells the story that defines the landscape. Time Traveller combines a number of photographic datasets, including Adelaide City Council Historic Photos and the SA Memory archive, and visualises them on a map, enabling a user to see what an area looked like in the past. Time Traveller allows users to create their own stories, stringing photos together to tell a tale, and share this tale with family or friends.

  • GrowBabyGrow: Our project looks at the Melbourne population growth data over the past few decades and into the future and then draws a connection between population growth and the growth in investment spend. It tells a striking story and aims to provoke thinking on this issue. Looking at the available data, we've found that the difference between the population growth and investment spend growth in the past decade is counter intuitive to the public perception. In fact the increase in infrastructure spend far exceeds (in the multiples!) the population growth figures however life is not getting better in the city or it is perceived to be that way. We touch on a few possible explanations to this but ultimately leave the audience with an open question to get them thinking.

  • Evolution of Perth: Showing the evolution and growth of Perth though visual map data. A zoomable map of Perth, with a time-slider ranging from the first census in 1911 to the current day. Watch the growth of Perth over the past 100 years, or focus on your community and see how many people lived there in your grandmother's day. Website is located -
  • Recall the Sea Breeze will show you the amazing view in the Fremantle port in that age, and let you open  each  voyage’s passenger manifesto to have a look. Its search interface also tries to allow you to work out which voyage your ancestors may have come on and if they came together.
  • Sydney Lexicographer uses data from The Dictionary of Sydney to quiz users on their knowledge of historic Sydney. How well do you know your city?
  • 2011 Census Data Explorer: If a picture is worth a thousand words, this visualisation is worth a whole goddamn dictionary. Go to and play around with it, seriously. You are basically wasting time reading this.

  • Pathways & Possibilities: The best way to achieve a goal is to find someone who has already done what you want to do and follow in their steps. We have made a visual way to explore different industries to show what the most common jobs are and what qualifications people in those jobs have. Demo at

  • Solar Energy in Australia: Using QGIS, the data published by the Clean Energy Regulator was combined mappe geographically using the relevant GIS postcode maps made available from the Bureau of Statistics. The following metrics were calculated or forecasts and subsequently mapped. The data was then made publically available and navigatable through the use of the Google Fusion table and mapping service:

    • The rate of penetration of solar PV amongst households
    • The rate of penetration of solar hot water systems amongst households
    • The amount of generation capacity of installed solar PV (kilowatts)
    • Annualised energy savings from small-scale solar installations (Megawatt-hours)
    • Annuallised emissions reductions from small-scale solar installations (tonnes of CO2 per year).

These maps can be utilised by policymakers and the rooftop solar PV industry to analyse the spread of small-scale solar throughout Australia.

  • When Will My House be Underwater: "Hi, my name is Angela. In 327 years, 2 months, 27 days and 2 hours... my house will be underwater." Are you worried about climate change? Is the rising sea level a big issue in your life? Which of your friends will still have dry feet when your house is underwater? By predicting sea level rise on a personalised level we will tell you exactly when our house will be under water.
  • DeathMatchMe: This is the entry from the ThoughtWorks team - 'Neville & The Death Ducks' - for the Sydney GovHack 2013 event. The application uses data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and attempts to break down misconceptions as to the causes of death in Australia, hopefully being a bit lighthearted at the same time!
  • DataEmbrace: is a piece of software that allows anyone to render data into a 3D object (in the standard STL format. Find or create data that is meaningful to you and create yourself a ring, pendent or keytag and display that data in a new and creative way. (See samples)
  • Marvellous Ultimate Appliance is an electronic card game featuring over 13,000 cards designed to help raise awareness of the energy consumed by common household appliances. Drawing on the data provided by the E3 Program (, the game is inspired by popular battle card games such as “Magic: The Gathering”; the data is used to provide stats for cards, representing each appliance in the E3 Program database.The key pieces of data used are the energy star rating, capacity, and running cost (derived from the kWh consumption per year). The project was conceived by the team after exploring the available datasets, as a way of making people more aware of the power consumption, energy usage, and cost-to-capacity implications of typical consumer appliances. The game is styled as a battle of appliances between neighbours, competing to spend their money on the largest, most efficient, and effective appliances

  • Where do my taxes go?: provide an entertaining and informative comparison of an individual’s tax payments, and examples of the services they facilitate. The app is heavily inspired by the ABS Census Spotlight app that was released in 2011, and recognises the need to show Australian citizens more information about exactly how their taxes contribute to society in general. The app uses data from a range of sources but especially ATO and ABS data holdings, to collate ‘fun facts’ as well as serious representations of the public services and infrastructure paid for by their taxes.

  • UniBurb: To help students wanting to come to Sydney, Australia to study and live a happy life. They can use UniBurb! to help them find the perfect place!
  • Unearthing Your Career: an app for the South Australian Education Department to allow students to explore career pathways and educational courses that unearth opportunities in the mining sector.   Using the extensive DEFEST Courses and Training Providers Feed, we have compiled an extensive list of vocational courses and related career streams. The key idea is to showcase the skills and jobs related to the mining sector, and to show how pursuing a career in mining can provide skills with application throughout many other career paths too. This helps unlock opportunities for young people whilst still maintaining career flexibility.

  • DogData: A simple script to collate and extract dog registration data into an easy to analyse CSV. Some example insights found - most popular name Max, most popular breed is Maltese cross, most popular Terrier name is Jack. Hours of entertainment and interest possible with a simple set of data. Name lists, not just for babies but dogs as well!

  • BrewFind: Taking the term 'Mobile Development' literally, I wanted to see if I could develop a website only using my smart phone and nothing but free apps in the time between mentoring some of the Canberra teams.
  • Brew Finder: Trying to source water quality data around Australia to identify the best sites to brew specific styles of beer.
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