University to host regional GovHack event
USC will this weekend host the Sunshine Coast regional round of the national GovHack contest that involves competitors finding new ways to use open government data to create social and economic value.
Fifty USC Engineering students and dozens of people from the community will put their heads together from 7pm Friday to 6pm Sunday in USC’s high-tech Collaboration Studio at its main campus at Sippy Downs.
They will be hoping to replicate the success of two USC teams that last year won national awards, one for developing an app to help people find free exercise facilities, and the other for creating a process to give Honours students better access to industry-based projects.
This year’s contest will involve a whole new set of challenges that will be revealed nationally at 7pm tomorrow (Friday 6 September).
USC Engineering Discipline Leader Dr Helen Fairweather said students from USC’s Engineering Research Methodology subject were looking forward to the challenge.
“I have set the event as an assignment for these students because it is extremely relevant to what they are learning about how engineering decisions are made,” Dr Fairweather said.
“Using public data well is at the core of great decision making. They get to handle real-world data, clean it (ensure the data makes sense) and then make decisions.
“It involves people taking on roles as coders, analysts and even video producers, as a three-minute video is required for each submission.
“It’s great for their careers because it prepares them for working in teams. They gain insights into real-world forming, norming, storming and performing stages. They also get to network with each other and with people from other organisations.”
GovHack is a free event for competitors, with registrations still open at hackerspace.govhack.org.
Details about the Sunshine Coast event are at hackerspace.govhack.org/events/sunshine_coast_queensland
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