Making 3D maps: 2016 GovHack winners announced

24 October 2016

A photo of a 3 dimensional printed model of Australia illustrating gravity and geothermal dataset

3D printed model developed
for GovHack 2016 by the Victorian
based Petrified Data team

This year's GovHack winners have been announced at the 2016 GovHack Red Carpet Awards held in Adelaide on Saturday 22 October. Geoscience Australia is proud to support open data through our ongoing support of the GovHack competition.

Geoscience Australia encourages use of its data for real-world outcomes, and helping people to engage in, understand and use scientific information in their everyday lives. As the national geoscience agency, it holds a vast range of geoscientific and geographic data that supports the management of Australia's precious water resources, hazard modelling for safer communities, exploration for mineral and petroleum resources, as well as helping to manage Australia's maritime jurisdictions.

GovHack is a three day 'hackathon' that sees teams from across Australia and New Zealand compete to develop new applications using open government data. The volunteer-run event is sponsored by large technology companies, several government departments and a range of high-visibility start-ups and innovators.

As part of its contribution to the 2016 competition, Geoscience Australia offered key datasets and sponsored the Exploring Underground bounty prize; and together with PSMA Australia co-sponsored the Major GovHack prize for the best No Boundaries Data Hack. Both prizes were presented at the awards ceremony by the Hon Craig Laundy MP, Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.

The No Boundaries Data Hack category encouraged entrants to use government data from multiple states and territories to unlock the value of data across borders. The winner was Legends of Tomorrow, developed by the Shape the future team from Victoria. The project used a range of government population, environment and weather data to project the future of your neighbourhood, including population, cultural backgrounds, environment (vegetation, waterways) and potential future climate conditions.

The winner of the Geoscience Australia's Exploring Underground bounty prize was a 3D printed geophysical data model, created by Victoria's Petrified Data team. Using a series of 2D geoscience datasets from Geoscience Australia, the team created a series of hand-painted 3D printed models including a cool-looking 3D map of geothermal temperatures across the Australian continent.

Geoscience Australia judges also gave a mention to the On Earth, We are On Earth team's Flood Watch entry which aimed to use datasets published by Geoscience Australia and the Bureau of Meteorology to develop a real-time flood warning app.