Kar­ratha holds hackathon

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Aus­tralia’s big­gest hackathon is due to come to Kar­ratha for the first time this week­end and as­pir­ing in­no­va­tors are be­ing en­cour­aged to be­come in­volved to help make it a suc­cess.

A lo­cal event for GovHack, an an­nual open data com­pe­ti­tion held at more than 40 lo­ca­tions across Aus­tralia and New Zealand over a 46-hour pe­riod, has been planned for Kar­ratha on Fri­day to Sun­day.

The event sees peo­ple work in groups to cre­ate a project page, proof of con­cept and a video that ex­plains how gov­ern­ment data can be reused to ben­e­fit the pub­lic in a dif­fer­ent form. Along with an event in Al­bany this year, a Kar­ratha event would be the first time a GovHack hackathon has been held out­side Perth in WA.

CQUniver­sity is sup­port­ing the event and Pil­bara study hub fa­cil­i­ta­tor Sharyn Hear­son said she had ap­proached GovHack about hold­ing the event in Kar­ratha be­cause of the sense of in­no­va­tion and di­ver­sity of skills among its res­i­dents.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter, go to https://govhack.org/lo­ca­tions/ kar­ratha/.

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