HackED 2017

It’s time again for Western Australian secondary students to put their creativity and entrepreneurial skills to the test to develop new innovations using location information in Landgate’s annual HackED competition.

Due to a great deal of interest, this year we are also inviting Year 11 and 12 students to enrol. HackED 2017 will be split into two divisions; Years 7-9 and Years 10-12.

HackED is free - so get your teams together and get ready to hack! There are some awesome prizes up for grabs.

Date: Thursday 17 August

Time: 9am to 2pm

Venue: Midland (exact venue to be announced soon)

Register your interest at spur@landgate.wa.gov.au

A note for organisations: We are looking for challenges for the teams to hack, so if you have an issue to solve please let us know.

What is HackED?

HackED introduces high school students in years 7 to 10 to the power of location information and technology and enables them to use it as part of problem-solving at school and as part of everyday decision-making in the work place in the future. Landgate's outreach program is aimed at igniting a passion for location information and technology in the next generation of young adults.

Developed in collaboration with the public, private and research sectors in WA, HackED builds on the success of other 'Hack-fest' events supported by the State Government, including GovHack and RIIT Unearthed.

The HackED program is also designed to promote the new Open Data Policy for WA, launched in July 2015.

Sponsors and Supporters

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HackED 2016

Western Australian secondary students put their creativity and entrepreneurial skills to work to develop new business ideas and tackle a range of community challenges during HackED 2016.

The event, led by SPUR, WA’s new location and innovation hub, powered by Landgate, was held at the Midland Town Hall on 18 August and involved more than 120 secondary students from 12 schools.There even was a regional team from Geraldton Grammar School travelling all the way to Midland this year.

The students used data made available through WA’s Whole-of-Government Open Data Policy to develop their applications, websites and other creative project solutions.

Governor Stirling SHS won the Best Hack prize for developing a bike safety game and John Calvin Christian College was awarded the Innovation prize for their idea to build a shark experience hotel.

History featured strongly as a theme; Joseph Banks Secondary College took out the Datapalooza prize working on a historical sites app, Swan View SHS took out the MRA prize for an Aboriginal heritage map app; and Morley Senior High School won Best Pitch prize for their interactive museum using augmented reality.

First time entrants Cecil Andrews Senior High School won Best Collaboration for their work on an historical walk game app.

SPUR would like to say a huge thank you to all HackED 2016 sponsors, mentors and judges.

Cecil Andrews Senior High School

Duncraig Senior High School

Geraldton Senior College

Governor Stirling Senior High School

Hampton Senior High School

John Calvin Christian College

Joseph Banks Secondary College

Mirrabooka Senior High School

Morley Senior High School

Penrhos College

Sacred Heart College

Swan View Senior High School

HackED 2015

On Thursday 20 August 2015 Landgate and its supporters transformed the iconic Midland Town Hall into the venue for WA's first junior app development hackathon – HackED.

The event saw 120 students in 24 teams from seven schools across Perth compete to develop map-based apps to help solve a diverse range of problems. The Town Hall was filled to capacity with the students, their teachers and industry mentors.

The HackED 2015 prize for Innovation went to 'JASE Squad' from John Calvin Christian College in Armadale for developing an app base on creating a 'pop-up' mining town that is sustainable and family friendly.

The prize for best pitch went to 'Common Threads' from Mirrabooka Senior High for developing an app concept that would help unite cultures from across the world by celebrating the 'common threads' between them, such as annual celebrations.

Morley Senior High School's 'Team Real' won best hack for its app dealing with traffic congestion and the prize for location went to 'Sacred Heart Team 2' from Sacred Heart College in Sorrento for its app to help the community understand harmful impacts by humans on the environment.

Schools involved in HackED 2015 were:

  • Armadale Senior High School
  • Governor Stirling Senior High School
  • Hampton Senior High School
  • John Calvin Christian College
  • Morley Senior High School
  • Mirrabooka Senior High School
  • Sacred Heart College

HackED would not have existed without the contribution of our supporters. We are very grateful to those who contributed their time, knowledge and passion.


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"It was a great success seeing that it was the first time! I loved the fact that it was a group project focused on environmental thinking!!"

"Learning about this job prospect was interesting and overall an exciting experience, although I must say the food, music, red carpet and personal ID were my favourite parts. I’m most definitely going to think about this area for a future career."

"The day challenged me to great heights. The DJ was awesome. I definitely want to do this next year."

"Thank you so much for your hospitality and your fun and involving activities and vibrant staff and helpers. A career in this field looks exciting."

"The HackED day was really enjoyable. I liked the way that it was focussed for teenagers. I also really enjoyed being able to develop my own ideas - we were pretty much given free reign with our project, which was fun."

"Location, Location, Location... Fun, Food, Fabulous people….Technology, Real life, Challenging - HackED had it all!!!"

For teachers

Location information and spatial data is everywhere. It's not just about geography! For this reason, we are calling on teachers from all learning areas to link existing projects to the innovative HackED program. They can do so by adding a location component or by creating a new and unique location-based project.

Want to see some examples of previous projects associated with HackED events?

Each project demonstrates a unique location element and may give you some ideas and inspiration in terms of how you might progress a HackED project:

If you have any questions about the HackED program or event, or need some assistance linking it to an existing project, please contact the HackED team via phone on +61 (0)8 9273 9391 or email on walis@walis.wa.gov.au.

For students

Is there a problem in your community you would like to help solve? Do you have a business idea you want to take to the next level? Is there a better way of living, transport or communication that you would like to explore?

Well HackED is your platform!

Do you know what location information and technology is? Have you heard of spatial science before?

Location information and technology – or spatial science (as it is also known as) - is not limited to geography or science. It is becoming an important component of society that makes a significant difference in the corporate world and the lives of everyday people.

Things we use every day, like Google Maps, Uber and Instagram, all use location information (or spatial data).

In our fast-changing State, how would it be possible to plan for infrastructure without using location information? It's everywhere! Needless to say, if you understand it, you'll have a great advantage. And who knows, HackED may take you beyond the competition as you may discover a passion for a possible study or career path.

Bring your real-world challenges and use location information and technology and let's solve these problems. There will be several prizes up for grabs.

For mentors

HackED Mentors come from a broad cross-section within the community. They help enrich the students' experiences by showing them how and where location information is used. Some of our mentors have a highly technical geospatial background and others simply have a good understanding of how location information can make a difference. In all cases, they have successfully sparked that passion for location.

If you would like to register your interest in mentoring at HackED, please contact the HackED Team at walis@walis.wa.gov.au.

This page was last updated on: 03 Mar 2017