More than apps and maps: help government decide with data

Jurisdiction: Australia

How can we combine data to help government make their big and small decisions? Government makes decisions every day—with long term consequences such as the location of a school, or on a small scale such as the rostering of helpdesk staff.

Government bodies at local, state and national levels make many decisions each day. Sometimes these are decisions with long term consequences such as where to build a new school. But many are on a smaller scale such as how many people to roster on a phone helpdesk or where police should set up random breath tests.

At the same time, governments are collecting data on everything from road use to public housing to recreational fishing areas.

When combined, this data has the potential to help government make better decisions to deliver better services for people. You could find a data-driven solution to:

Improve management of water in drought declared areas.
Better target services and interventions to prevent family violence
Redesign our cities to meet the needs of a future which includes autonomous vehicles, environmental changes due to climate change and more
Improve services for retirees, pet owners, users of public transport — or all three!

Your objective with this challenge is to combine data sets to make a decision for government which gives a positive outcome for people. This should be forward-looking - recommending to government where future investment should be made, or services provided.

What we are looking out for when we judge the entries
How persuasive is your entry? Have you proved your point?
How will people benefit? How many people will benefit?
How much is your solution likely to cost? Does this match the potential benefits?
We will be looking for innovation:
How have you presented your entry — is it simple and clear, have you given us more than data shown on a map?
Have we seen data used in this way elsewhere?
Have you transformed the data by improving it, cleaning it or linking it to other data sets?
If you have a user interface, is it intuitive?
Does your data fit into a policy narrative?
Is your solution transferable and scalable, could it be be used by other government agencies or areas?

Eligibility: Use at least two data sets (at least one from data.gov.au) to help government make a decision that will improve services for people. Any code produced for your entry must be published on github under an open license. If your entry is not software, you will need to show the working behind your use of data along with any calculations and analysis you did. You must indicate which specific government agency (at any level of government) can take action based on your entry.

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All Team Entries

58 teams have entered into this challenge across all checkpoints that have passed.

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Running on Caffeine - Health-Hack
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alitternation - alitternation
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DIISplay - Trendhound
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Six to Fix - Project Glad You Bot It Up
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Vision - Vision
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Tiny Happy People Hacking - Safer Evacuations
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Team Placeholder - Placeholder
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I adopted a puppy today but I'm still here hacking - Correlation Explorer
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Null VRiables - Beautiful Infringements
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Potato = Not Potato - To Employ or Not To Employ
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ImEmployable - J.A.G
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as.numeric - Crashboard
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Object reference not set to an instance of an object. - bVocal
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Fighting Mongooses - My Two Cents
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Project 77 - Age-Friendly Canberra
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Team 337 - Project 337
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GCLink - GCLink
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My Local School - My Local School
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Insight Hackers - SoloNav
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Heat Syncs - The Darwin Heatsync Project
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Wynners - Wynbus
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Digital Bureaucrats - Bus' A Move
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Insolvency Oracle - Insolvency Risk Profiler
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Weekend warriors - Cutting the Queues
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Live+Smart Lab - EnVisible City
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Team 347 - Where the Peeps
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Pakers - Happy Parking!
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Nostradata - A Taxing Problem
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L.E.S.S. is more 1 - The mystery of history
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Team 36 - Canberra Business Ninja
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TubeLights - Orana Welcome Home
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Codefefe - Marauders App
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Null VRiables - Virtual Emergency Management
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Migration Blues - Migration Blues
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Hard Pivot - Insolved
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Just We Three - Connected - Councils Connecting Community
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Amaltr - Illuminating the Night
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SolarAS - Alice Solar Homes
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Get Active USC - Get Active
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The Hackermen - Congestion Management System
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The Codefather - CouncilPlus
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I adopted a puppy today but I'm still here hacking - BinChicken - Making Australia Clean Again
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Unlucky Magician - Car park unknown.
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Dazed and Confused - A story of cables and cars
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Team 193 - Data Science for Everyone
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Happy Goats - Crowdsourcing data audits
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Climatic - Climactic
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Tiny Happy People Hacking - People's Budget
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MelbourneGo - EasyBuzz Parking
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micents - micents
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IWasTheOnlyYouth - Our Envrionmental Impact
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Team insolvit - Insolvit
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The Interesting Company - Vic Navi
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mbae - KickStart-Up
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Future Ocean - From Global Climate Change to Future Ocean: Geospatial Local and Nonlinear Impacts of Ocean Flows and Human Activities on the Ocean Climate and Environment, and Spatiotemporal Decision Making for Marine Ecosystems
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G.E.O. Janes - Big Backyard
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Health Hackers - Personalised Health Care Made Easy
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Zero c00l - My MP
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