An app for ev­ery need

Midland Reporter - - News - Best Over­all Hack Best In­no­va­tive Idea Best Use of Geo­data

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

“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.” Sa­cred Heart Col­lege Years 7 to 9 St Nor­bert Col­lege Years 10-12

Gov­er­nor Stir­ling Se­nior High School Years 7-9 Warn­bro Com­mu­nity High School Years 10-12

Sa­cred Heart Col­lege Years 7-9 John Calvin Chris­tian Col­lege Years 10-12

Damian Shep­herd from Landgate with Gov­er­nor Stir­ling SHS stu­dents.

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