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Student ‘hackers’ solving community problems

Australia’s young innovators will use the power of location information and technology to find solutions to community problems today during HackED 2016.

The event has been led by SPUR, Landgate’s location and innovation hub that promotes collaboration, stimulation and acceleration of new ideas.

More than 120 secondary students from 12 schools are taking part at the Midland Town Hall.

Landgate Chief Executive Mike Bradford said HackED encourages students to analyse open data and develop apps, websites or other creative solutions.

“Last year, students worked on exciting projects during HackED that tackled problems such as traffic congestion, environmental damage, and misunderstandings about cultural differences,” Mr Bradford said.

“It will be interesting to see what fresh insights this year’s participants can provide into how location information can be used to benefit the community and business sector.”

Mr Bradford said the event would not have been possible without the help of sponsors Telstra, City of Swan, Bankwest, Esri, NGIS, the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA), the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) and Group Map.


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