High school­ers hack it

Kwinana Courier - - News -

WARN­BRO Com­mu­nity High School stu­dents won the Best In­no­va­tive Idea cat­e­gory at the HackED com­pe­ti­tion.

The an­nual hack-a-thon run by SPUR and pow­ered by Landgate at­tracted 200 sec­ondary stu­dents on Au­gust 17.

The stu­dents gath­ered at the Mid­land Rail­way Work­shops and used lo­ca­tion data to de­velop new ways to im­prove their com­mu­ni­ties.

Warn­bro Year 10 and 12 stu­dents were recog­nised for cre­at­ing a web­site for young peo­ple to pitch ideas about com­mu­nity events to lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

SPUR gen­eral man­ager Peter Markham said the event 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.”

MC Glenn Hall, Warn­bro Com­mu­nity High School stu­dent Caitlin Ward and Landgate rep­re­sen­ta­tive Damian Shep­herd.

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