Hackfest 2015 to make us a smarter region
  • Thursday 22 October 2015

Here’s a great chance to be part of the Sunshine Coast’s Smart City and help our region become one of the most innovative and modern in the world.

Sunshine Coast Hackfest 2015 will bring together coders, digital creatives, data analysts, story tellers, entrepreneurs and the community over three days next month to create apps, visualisations, websites and tools from government data sets.

And our country’s smartest digital minds will not only be helping the Coast become an even better place to live, they’ll be vying for some great prizes.

Hackfest 2015 will run from November 20 to 22 with a base 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.

Using the theme “Hacking for a Smarter Region”, hackers will have access to open data information available from the council and State of Federal governments to create a solution for an identified issue or problem on the Sunshine Coast – either now or into the future.

Cisco has joined Hackfest as the platinum partner with Telstra and Spark Bureau as gold partners.

“Sunshine Coast Hackfest 2015 is on the lookout for people with great ideas, plenty of passion and lots of energy to come up with some innovative ideas and solutions over the three days,” Economic Development Portfolio Cr Steve Robinson said.

“Hackfest 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.

“We are progressing towards the Coast having the latest in global technologies for lighting, waste, parking, assets and other infrastructure and services to enhance the lives of our residents and visitors.

“But what our hackers come up with at Hackfest 2015 may also tackle an issue or situation that exists at the moment that has been identified by council or one of our residents.

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

“This is a great opportunity for us to discover new ideas and solutions by tapping into the minds of hackers not just locally, but around the country.

“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.

Spark Bureau’s Zach Johnson said events such as Sunshine Coast Hackfest raised the profile of the region and helped in attracting talented people to come live and work on the Coast.

“I see lots of opportunities through public private partnerships to drive innovation on the Sunshine Coast,” Mr Johnson said.

“Solutions created as a result of this event can serve as a model for future collaboration.”

There is no cost to enter Hackfest and all the prizes being competed for will be announced closer to the start of the event.

To register, go to http://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/sitePage.cfm?code=hackfest

Picture: Cr Steve Robinson with Zac Johnson from Spark Bureau