Live music app wins Hackfest 2016
  • Friday 02 December 2016
Hackfest 2016 winners

A locally produced app that details live music events on the Sunshine Coast by genre, date, location, as well as future events, has won the top honour in Sunshine Coast Hackfest 2016.

Designed by Mountain Creek couple Adam and Allison Roth, who received their prize at last night’s Hackfest award function at Spark Bureau in Maroochydore, the Coast Live! app allows users to select their favourite acts and receive an alert when they are going to play in the region.

It also has the ability to provide advertising space for venues or businesses across the Coast as well as the opportunity to buy tickets and merchandise.

Allison said the couple was thrilled to be recognised with the Hackfest title after finishing third in last year’s inaugural event.

“Our app brings comprehensive data about gigs around to the Coast to everyone’s smartphone,” she said.

“You can keep track of everything that’s going on – who’s playing and when and where.

“Previously, the data has been spread around a number of different sources. It had all been pretty fragmented.”

Coast Live! was also judged as the smartest business category winner.

An interactive app, titled Lucky Dip, which focuses on activities on the Sunshine Coast and lets the user select what they want to do, at what type of location as well as how far they are happy to travel, was judged as this year’s runner-up and winner of the smartest use of open data award.

The app, designed by Kristin Lucas from Parrearra, then provides all of the destinations where residents or visitors are able to find the activities, while users can also add activity entries as well as providing feedback and ratings.

Third place went to Light Trails, an interactive light display that uses Wifi data to change the colour of a lighting display as the user moves through a park or building. It also won two categories prizes - smartest innovation and smartest interaction.

Patrick Dwyer was announced as the Hackfest hero, an award which recognises an individual or team who best exemplifies the culture of Sunshine Coast Hackfest.

The Hackfest winners shared in a $20,000 prize pool from gold partners Telstra, Spark Bureau and AWS Cloudtrek and bronze partners Entag, Microsoft, Fuji Xerox and ANZ Business.

Deputy Mayor Cr Tim Dwyer said the entries demonstrated the quality and depth of talent available on the Coast.

“Hackfest has been a great opportunity to progress our Sunshine Coast’s Smart City Framework and to help our region become one of the most innovative and modern in the world,” Cr Dwyer said.

“We are progressing towards 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. 

“It’s with the help, inspiration and knowledge of people like our Hackfest competitors that we will be able to say we live in a region that is renowned for its innovation.

“Our entrants have produced some outstanding work in just a couple of days.

“Council will now work with the teams associated with the best of Hackfest with the desire to provide real value, sustainable solutions to help our community, and explore potential new business opportunities.”

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


First: Coast Live! – Adam and Allison Roth

Second: Lucky Dip – Kristin Lucas

Third: Light Trails – Mark Utting, Mic Black and Lin Liu  

Hackfest hero: Patrick Dwyer

Smartest use of open data: Lucky Dip

Smartest innovation: Light Trails

Smartest business: Coast Live!

Smartest interaction: Light Trails

Smartest community: #ineedasit – Daniel Bryar

Council category: Go Where