Supporting visualisation talent

We're proud to support Tasmanian innovation as a sponsor of GovHack, the world's largest open data hackathon.

This year’s event attracted more than 3000 competitors, volunteers, mentors, coaches and observers nationally – the biggest yet. Over one weekend, teams utilise the power of open data to explore, ideate and communicate their creation. Competition elements include storyboarding ideas, building prototypes and creating a video pitch of projects.

The competition gives an opportunity for government agencies and industry to provide support through sponsorship and the release of new open government data.

Sense-T sponsored the Tasmanian competition, and judged and presented the award for Best Data Visualisation. The winning project – Death Who? – is a multiplayer game where players work both with and against each other to complete milestones from colonial citizens’ lives. It creates a fun way to learn about ways of life in early Tasmania, using data from LINC Tasmania such as inquests, bankruptcy, births deaths and marriages, convict data, immigration and court records. The developers created a pool of more than 2200 citizen profiles by bringing together nine previously unrelated historical databases.

“We were impressed with the originality of the concept as well as the quality and useability,” said Sense-T Director, Associate Professor Stephen Cahoon. “Presenting a vast array of data in a compelling, visually appealing way attracted the judges’ attention as it’s something that we at Sense-T achieve via our apps and dashboards and is of growing importance to researchers working to deliver their outcomes in a way that’s easily understood, engaging and therefore of greater relevance in collaborative projects with industry for example.

“Visualisation is all about providing an improved connection and meaning to data. This game explores history through storytelling, using the medium of a game to provide information in a way that’s less taxing than raw data.”

GovHack awards

Sense-T Director Associate Professor Stephen Cahoon presenting the visualisation award sponsored by Sense-T to Damian Frappell on behalf of Death Who?

Previous GovHack entries have included art, jewellery, digital signs, board games, historic film pieces, a virtual reality game, 3D models, and web apps. Entrants have included entrepreneurs, developers, data analysts, engineers, designers, digital media creators, artists, film makers, story tellers, academics, researchers, youth and civic enthusiasts.

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Published on: 26 Sep 2017