Best Open Government Data Hack (NZ)

Supported By: 
HP, Google
  1. Major prize: Best Open Government Hack ($2000)

  2. Runner up 1: Best Open Government Hack ($1500)

  3. Runner up 2: Best Open Government Hack ($1000)

This is an open category for you to show us how open government data is done :) It could include extensions for, new approaches to managing data, digitising a major piece of non machine readable government data, improved metadata search or aggregation, some form of citizen engagement with government data. Have fun!


Team Name: 
The Latecomers

GrocerFree is an Android and Windows 8.1 app created to help reduce food cost and food waste, by connecting people to local and seasonal produce. Traditions of sharing within communities and neighbourhoods has decreased, and GrocerFree aims to provide locations of locally grown produce available for urban foraging and harvest.


Flagder logo
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Like Tinder, but for the NZ flag submissions! Simply swipe left or right to indicate if you like the flag displayed. Flag images are scraped from the official gallery [here].

The aim of this app was to make the flag discussion more interesting and to find out which submission is the most popular

Cemetery Search Information New Zealand

Team Name: 
Vandelay Enterprises

The project we have built is called 'Cemetery Search Information New Zealand(CSI NZ)'.  CSI provides a way to search the cemetery records of all regions in New Zealand that have published their cemetery data online. 
People using this application will have a fast, easy way to find out where relatives are buried, and information about the grave plot - this includes things like viewing the gravestone, finding the location of the grave in the cemetery, identifying the neighbouring plots, etc.

Loaded Dice

Pair of dice
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The problem we focused on was inequality. This was a meaty area to dig into, so we focused our attention on the general public's perceptions about poverty in New Zealand. We wanted to create empathy and understanding around what depravation means for someone's life, and turn data back into stories.

We created a simulator for people to compare two lives. Users select two regions and are introduced to two young characters. The game then rolls through their lifetime and presents statistically likely events based on data mapped back to their geographical area unit. 

Crime Sheep

crime sheep
Team Name: 
Sandpit Ninjas

Crime Sheep aims to make New Zealand crime statistics much more interesting and accessible for the general public. We believe that by raising awareness around crime statistics we will be challenging people to rise above what may be expected of them or their peers and beat the odds.

Our target users are young people between the ages of 15-19 because they are generally tech savvy and are in a more impressionable position in society as they are moving from adolescence into young adulthood. We believe that because of this they are more likely to be positively influenced our project.


Time saved logo
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A web based system to decrease pressure on hospital emergency rooms and keep patients informed of thier expected wait times and when they are likely to be treated. Emphasis is placed on keeping the patient informed on thier expected treatment time and streamlining hospital data entry allowing patients to fill in admission and ACC forms without being present at the hospital.

To facilitate a more patient friendly emergency department we are focusing on the following areas:

food rate new Zealand wanganui

Team Name: 
food rating

Wanganui, New Zealand  food grading was released for the 2015 New Zealand Wanganui govhack. Our idea was to make a self managing online restaurant rating, and using google maps to locate the restaurant .


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NZ Flags!

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The project we have created is an app which allows users to view general statistics on the New Zealand flag submissions. Our app displays the flag designs as submitted by the public, as well as key statistics; such as common colours, shapes and trends used.


Lightning strike
Team Name: 
Team Powerslide

Climate change - what can I do to help?  What can we do collectively as a community?

We have prototyped a clear, interactive data visualisation which shows the effects consumer and investment choices will have on greenhouse gas emissions.

What happens if we ramp up electric car or public transport take-up?  What's the cost and benefit of installing solar panels?

The actions of one person are a drop in the bucket. What happens if we all make the effort to change? What are New Zealand's carbon emissions going to be in the future?


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