Issue 7
Monday, 03 September 2018
Charles Darwin University
Deputy Director of GovHack in the Territory, Wendy Taleo
Deputy Director of GovHack in the Territory, Wendy Taleo

Sifting open data for nuggets of gold

By Patrick Nelson

Education technology whiz Wendy Taleo says the open data hackathon in Alice Springs this weekend will appeal to anyone with an interest in innovation, entrepreneurism and unlocking the potential of data.

“I’m excited about the prospect of who might turn up to GovHack Alice Springs and what nuggets of gold they might find,” Ms Taleo said.

“Basically, it’s a contest to re-use open data to develop solutions to deep-rooted social, economic and environmental challenges.”

Ms Taleo is Deputy Director for the second GovHack in the Territory, which will have events in Darwin and Alice Springs. Participants will explore publically available data for a solution to a range of challenges that will be revealed at the start of the 46-hour event.

“The beauty of the event is that it has the potential to draw together coders, designers, analysts and people with other skill sets interested in tapping into vast quantities of data to create something new and meaningful.”

Participants at previous GovHack events have developed apps, websites and creative visualisations that demonstrated the potential of open data.

Ms Taleo, who also is CDU’s Learnline Developer and Trainer in the Red Centre, said she held a personal interest in the application of open data sets.

“I’ve taken a close look at openness and innovation as part of my post-graduate study in a Master of Arts in Online and Distance Education. I’m interested in how all levels of the education sector can benefit from openness and the use of resources like open data sets.”

GovHack announced this week that $7000 in prizes were on offer at GovHack events across the Territory this year, which will be held as part of a nationwide hackathon overseen by the Australian Government’s Digital Transformation Agency.

Charles Darwin University is a premier sponsor of GovHack NT, which will be held on 7-9 September.

Desert Knowledge Australia is the event partner in Alice Springs and the Darwin Innovation Hub is hosting the event in Darwin.

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