State Library of South Australia

Unleashed Open Data, GovHack and WW1 Hack competition - Success story

Date: 11 September 2015

The South Australia (SA) Unleashed 2015 competition was an even bigger success this year with over 200 participants competing in 4 locations; Adelaide, and the public libraries in Mt Gambier, the City of Onkaparinga and the City of Playford.

Unleased open data competition
Unleased open data competition

Approximately 40 teams competed in SA Unleashed and 50 youth competed in the inaugural N3xGen open data competition. The State Library again played an intimate role as co-lead in the organisation of the main event and commencing engagement with public libraries for the youth competition. 

More than 735 datasets were available to competitors from Data.SA, 192 of those were released in June for the competition. The best state government contribution to Unleashed was the Department of the Premier and Cabinet who went from 18 datasets to 139. The best local council contribution was the Port Adelaide Enfield Council.

The event wouldn't have been possible without our sponsors and our dedicated Unleashed crew who worked tirelessly to prepare the event and provide support over the competition weekend. A big thank you to our data publishers and data mentors who provided specialist advice to the competitors on the data.

If you would like to revisit all of the excitement from this year's Unleashed and N3xGen open data competitions, check out the videos on YouTube: Unleashed SA Highlights and N3xGen Highlights. Photos can be found on Facebook and Flickr.

South Australia Unleashed Awards Night

The Bendigo Bank was abuzz on Friday 31 July with SA Unleashed competitors from Adelaide, Onkaparinga and Playford areas eager to find out who won! The Mount Gambier location ran an Awards Night simultaneously.

The Adelaide Awards Night opened with a welcome from Joe Formichella, the Bendigo Bank State Manager.

Unleashed awards night - Susan Close
The opening speech was made by the Minister for the Public Sector,
the Honourable Susan Close MP.

A total of 33 prize categories were awarded to SA Unleashed and N3xGen competitors. A snapshot of some of the winning teams is below. For a listing of all the winning teams visit the Unleashed website.

Premiers Award winners

Unleashed Premiers Award winner - Hactory
Hactory, for their HomeShare project

Unleashed Premiers Award winner - Xpressioneers
XPressioneers, for their NextMove project

Best SA Concept that Innovates to a National Market

Unleashed best SA concept - Chamonix
The team Chamonix won this category with their project Health Buddy.

Greening Our Cities

Unleashed Greening our cities - Ecovalia
Torange Juice
won with their board game Ecovalia which is about the
development and conservation of reserve and national parks in South
Australia. Follow the development of the game on Facebook.

Australian Computer Society Member

Unleashed ACS member - Codium
Team Codium won this award for their project Local Promoter

Safer Cities and Roads
Helping Communities Connect with Data

Unleashed Safer Cities and Roads - Hippo Creative
The team Hippo Creative won 2 awards for their entry Safe Way 2 Go.

N3xGen Winners

Unleashed N3xGen winners - Datagen
Team Datagen won with their project School Facility Finder.

Unleashed N3xGen winners - AT2
Team AT2 won with their project FireSA.

GovHack International Awards

Unleashed - GovHack awards

South Australia Unleashed competitors were automatically entered into the GovHack international competition.
A cross section of GovHackers were chosen to fly to Sydney for the Red Carpet Awards on Saturday 5 September.

We are happy to announce that the South Australian winners are:

The Best Digital Transformation Hack

Winner: Health Buddy by Chamonix
Runners up: InvestSA by team CMUnity

The Best Science Hack

Winner: Lungs by Saint Simon

The Best Youth Team

Winner: AusEd by team Nexus_Is_Back (Mount Gambier)
Runners up: Bike Safe by Luke and Josh (Playford)

Best Public Servant Team

Winner: Safeway-2-go by team Hippo Creative

Congratulations teams!

Watch the Red Carpet Awards from the GovHack website and check out the full list of winners.


The State Library of SA provided data and judging for the WW1Hack that was held as part of GovHack.

Two winners

Highly commended projects

Thanks to State Library of SA staff who where involved with this project and for another outstanding national and state contribution to learning, developing entrepreneurs and facilitating reuse of SLSA collections.

Story by: Andrew Piper and Michelle Jackson

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