Remix and Mash Up Challenges
There are some great opportunities for remixing and mashing up data and content. If you know of other challenges drop us a line and we'll list them here.
The NZTA has launched a competition for Year 9 - 13 secondary students with a theme of ‘Safer Journeys for Teens' Entry window runs from 1 September to 31 October 2012.
The competition is in two parts:
- To create an infographic, mashup, creative remix, or a literature remix (based on the works of Shakespeare) using content and data from NZTA websites and publications.
- The second part is to present or engage with students at your school with the entry you have made, and provide evidence of having undertaken this.
Startup Weekend: The 2012 Mix & Mash Open Data Category
Data mashup aficionados may know of Startup Weekend - where skilled people meet and race the clock to create great technical tools and business kits. A Mix & Mash, LINZ and iWantMyName sponsored Open Data Prize was up for grabs this winter at Startup Weekends in Wellington and Palmerston North. Entries that utilised NZ open data from data.govt.nz, and demonstrably contribute to environmental and/or social progress went in to the running for $1000 in prizes.
The winner was a prototype called Friend Safe, at the Palmerston North event. This application will let your friends and family know when you are meant to arrive at your destination safely, and automatically alert them if something goes wrong. Well done to the Friend Safe team!
Kaggle is a platform for predictive modelling competitions. There are numerous challenges, with accompanying data, that are looking for skilled data experts to have a go. Prizes include $3 million dollars for predicting patients who will be admitted to hospital with in the next year using historical data (Heritage Health Prize) to kudos & glory for the Million Song Database challenge to predict which songs a user will listen to.
A platform for open government and software competitions. These are mainly US challenges but there maybe some opportunities for international entries (check the eligibility criteria).