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Governor Stirling students Talen McLachlan and Casey Mould with Swan View students Ulani Manuirirangi-Betham and Chiyaizza Ramirez.

Student ideas at HackED 2017

GOVERNOR Stirling and Swan View senior high school students took their ideas to HackED 2017, which was held at Midland Railway Workshops.

Year 7-9 students from Governor Stirling Senior High School were winners in the best innovative idea category for an interactive game that trains people seeking employment in the mining industry.

Warnbro Community High School year 10-12 students were winners with a website for young people to pitch ideas about community events to local governments.

The annual hack-a-thon run by SPUR, powered by Landgate attracted 200 keen secondary students who used location data to develop new ways to improve their communities.

SPUR general manager Peter Markham said it was an excellent opportunity for students to discover the wide range of location information available through data.wa.gov.au

“HackED is a fast-paced, exciting way for students to discover the power of open data and to build critical thinking, creativity and digital literacy – key career skills,” he said.

“This year the judges were thoroughly impressed by the standard of entries.

“The students took location data and added their creativity to solve community challenges and find ways of improving services to young people.”

Sacred Heart College Year 7-9 won the best overall hack category for an app connecting microphones placed on street lamps that would record decibels and alert police to noisy situations such as out-of-control parties.

St Norbert College Year 10-12 were also winners in the best overall hack category for an app allowing young people to use their phones or Smart Riders to access government facilities giving governments access to tag-on data which would lead to better planning.

The best use of geodata category for Year 7–9 was won by Sacred Heart College for a project using mapping data to turn water drainage areas into attractive landscaped wetlands featuring art by local Aboriginal people.

John Calvin Christian College Year 10-12 students were also winners in the best use of geodata category for an app enabling the community to work with WA Police to map areas affected by anti-social behaviour.

Mr Markham said the event would not have been possible without the generosity of sponsors including the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, City of Swan, Bankwest, Bloom, Esri Australia and TSG.

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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