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HackED best use of geodata winners from Governor Stirling SHS Taylor White, Grant Finn, Samuel Dao, Subaru Saito-Abdullahi and Tony Thai.

Students solve real problems

GOVERNOR Stirling Senior High School students had lots of praise for the annual hackathon run by SPUR.

The students said HackED 2018 was a great learning experience and a great way to work as a team, to research efficiently and test skills.

The food supplied was also given a tick of approval.

The Governor Stirling SHS students won the best use of geodata category for their 3-D simulation of an ideal housing community promoting well-being within an area with the intention to educate designers, developers, first home buyers etc about best practice. 

Governor Stirling SHS major design and technology teacher David Scuderi said HackED was a very well-run event with great industry involvement with students solving real world problems.

“I was delighted and proud of the Governor Stirling Senior High School students in the way they fully engaged with the challenges of the day and their professionalism we have a great future if these students are involved,’’ he said.

Powered by Landgate the hackathon, which attracted 128 secondary students from eight schools, was held at the Midland town hall.

SPUR general manager Peter Markham said it was an opportunity for students to engage creatively in real world problems and solve community challenges using 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 apply their STEM learnings in integrated and innovative ways,” he said.

Mr Markham said the event would not have been possible without the support of Department Fire and Emergency Services, Western Power, Water Corporation, Department of Communities, Kinetic IT and the City of Swan.  

By Anita McInnes

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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