In a surprise visit to today’s NSW Sphere event, Premier Nathan Rees announced the apps4nsw program — offering prizes of $100,000 for innovative applications with make use of government data for public good.
I’ve got a piece on the Crikey website, NSW gets its geek on:
“This is all about making government data easy for everyone to use to solve everyday problems,” said Rees…
Entries may be websites or web based services, mobile applications or stand-alone PC based or kiosk-based applications.
“The prizes will be judged by an expert panelâ€‰–â€‰which doesn’t include meâ€‰–â€‰and there will also be a People’s Choice Award and the opportunity for the best entry to go to a prototyping phase”, said Rees.
“Anything we develop as a result of the competition will be licensed as open source and freely available to government and the public. These will be public apps for the common good.”
This is a fascinating initiative. Have a squizz at the Crikey piece. I’ll write more later.