Will you help me App My State? – Victorian Government’s Gov 2.0 initiative

Last year I enjoyed participating in the Lonely Planet / GovHack Hack Day where the team I was in created an application to get people to convert to solar power – mySolarSaver. We were lucky enough to win the Gov 2.0 prize, and got to meet Nicholas Gruen, the head of the Australian Government’s Gov 2.0 Taskforce.

I’m hoping some of that good form will rub off for the Victorian Government’s App My State initiative – the concept is the same, but this time there is $100,000 on the table! The government is encouraging web (and ideas!) people to work together to come up with innovative ways of using and displaying public sector data to the benefit of citizens.

According to the press release:

“applications will be judged for their innovation, design and development, usefulness, accessibility and general excellence.”

and there will be over 50 datasets available.

Judges announced so far include Pete Williams (CEO of Deloitte Digital) and Kate Kendall (Digital Director of Niche Media).

Victorian public servants are having their own hack day – VPS Hack Day – on February 24th, and non-public servant are also eligible to participate.

Full details of the App My State competition will be announced towards the end of February so keep your eye on the App My State Twitter account, and the Victorian Government’s dedicated App My State page.

A few examples of apps developed during last year’s Hack Day series include:

Check them out, and get inspired!

All web people – programmers, front-end coders, user experience specialists, information architects, and anyone with a great idea should definitely get involved in the competition!

As for us, user experience professionals, let’s create useful tools for Victorians that look good, are intuitive to use and add real value to their lives. See you at the finish line!

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