Hackfest 2015 to offer $20,000 prize pool
  • Tuesday 10 November 2015
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Hackers who sign up for Sunshine Coast Hackfest 2015 will have the chance to share in $20,000 worth of prizes when they make their contribution to building a Smart City and region, thanks to the support of our platinum and gold partners Cisco, Telstra and Spark Bureau.

Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Steve Robinson today announced the Hackfest champion would receive a $7000 prize package.

Hackfest 2015 will bring together coders, digital creatives, data analysts, story tellers, entrepreneurs and the community to create apps, visualisations, websites and tools from government data sets.

“We believe the prizes our Hackfest team have put together will be a great incentive for hackers to take part in our competition from November 20-22,” Cr Robinson said.

“We’re on the lookout for people with smart digital minds who have great ideas, plenty of passion and lots of energy to come up with some innovative ideas and solutions over the three days.

“With the theme of ‘Hacking for a Smarter Region’, Hackfest 2015 closely aligns with council’s Smart City Framework, which includes making the new Maroochydore CBD one of the world’s most innovative and technologically modern cities.

“Our hackers are going to be making a real contribution to making the Coast an even better place to live.”

Sunshine Coast Hackfest 2015 will be based at Spark Bureau at Ocean Street in Maroochydore for those who want to hack in company with others, or find some like-minded hackers to make up a team.

Hackers will have access to open data information available from the council and State or Federal governments to create a solution for an identified issue or problem on the Sunshine Coast – either now or into the future.

“What our hackers come up with may tackle an issue or situation they identify for the future on one that exists on the Coast at the moment,” Cr Robinson said.

“It really is up to them what possibilities exist in the open data they will have access to.

“Council will then be able to take the best of Hackfest and use those entries in real value, sustainable solutions to help our community.”

Sunshine Coast Hackfest 2015 will officially run from 5pm on Friday, November 20 to 6pm on Sunday, November 22.

An opening night event will be held at Spark Bureau which will be a great chance for individual hackers looking to form a team to meet up and start hacking.

There is no cost to enter Hackfest and to register, go to http://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/sitePage.cfm?code=hackfest