Brisbane City Council has found a cheap way to get developers to create apps using their data - run a competition with some decent prize money. The hack::Brisbane competition challenges the developer community to help improve Brisbane through the creation of creative new apps, websites or tools that use Brisbane City Council data.
The Brisbane City Council is offering two $10,000 prizes. One prize goes to the best website or app that uses the council's data. The other is for and app or website using Brisbane City Council data that helps make Brisbane a more accessible and inclusive city.
To be certain, we like the idea of councils looking to the outside for imaginative ways to use the masses of data they accumulate and it's a great opportunity for a young developer to get a leg up and some profile. But great apps take a lot of time and expertise so $10,000 looks to be a bargain for the council.
Details about the competition are available from the competition home page [Brisbane City Council]. Entries close on 15 May.