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Logan wins GovHack Red Carpet award

Published: 9 November 2017

Logan wins GovHack Red Carpet award

Logan City Council has been recognised for the Best Local Government Participation across Australia and New Zealand at the recent GovHack 2017 International Red Carpet Awards, which celebrate the use of government data in solving community problems.

City of Logan Mayor Luke Smith said the award acknowledges Logan City Council’s efforts to make almost 200 datasets available for this year’s GovHack, as well as its collaboration with Redland City Council and Griffith University to host a local event in July.

“Part of Council's new vision is to be a next generation government organisation that delivers services in new and better ways, and this award validates our efforts,” Mayor Smith said.

“Council produces and collects data in a wide range of fields as part of its business in managing the city, and we are a leader in terms of the number of datasets published on our website.

“It makes sense to give our residents access to the data so they can contribute their own ideas on improving Logan and create innovative solutions to common problems.”

More than 2,500 digital creators, designers, coders, entrepreneurs and other participants in 36 locations across Australia and New Zealand joined this year’s GovHack, the world’s largest open data hackathon.

Logan City Council, in collaboration with Redland City Council and Griffith University, hosted a GovHack event at Griffith University’s Logan campus in Meadowbrook.

During the 46-hour weekend hackathon in July, participants formed teams, collaborated on a problem, built a prototype, published code, and made a video showing what the team created. The prototypes were assessed at state finals and the winners progressed to the International Red Carpet Awards.