The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to supporting Tasmania’s ICT sector in creating new and innovate ideas that benefit the community and help grow the economy.

The annual GovHack event has kicked off in Hobart and Launceston, and I am proud that for the fourth year in a row, the Government will once again be the ‘Platinum Sponsor’ for the Tasmanian events.

GovHack 2016 brings people together from around the nation to innovate with open government data to create new ideas and applications that can benefit the community.

Winning entries from the 2015 event showed how reusable Tasmanian Government data could potentially improve road safety, inform consumer choices and provide regular updates on air quality for people with respiratory health issues.

Nearly 100 Tasmanian Government datasets are available for use at GovHack 2016 with new information available on education, planning schemes, climate change and greater access to high quality basemaps for compiling and sharing spatial information.

The Tasmanian Government has extended its support this year to include an additional prize in the form of the inaugural ‘Most Commercial Benefit Award’, which will will recognise the project with the strongest business potential to be commercialised.

The winning team will also receive 12 months access to the Tasmanian Entrepreneurship and Incubation Hubs, which are part of a $500 000 Tasmanian Government initiative to help develop and implement early-stage business opportunities.

I commend all those who are participating and look forward to seeing the great ideas that flow from this year’s event.

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