New Zealand: NZWalks, a web-based walking track application designed by Daniel Pietzsch, has won USD 10,000 Supreme Mashup award in the Great NZ Remix & Mashup Competition.
The application combines Department of Conservation and Google Maps data and encourages New Zealanders and tourists to use the walking tracks by allowing them to easily view track route, type of track, length and elevation profile all in one place.
Amongst other categories, Cameron Prebble received a USD 5,000 prize in the Outstanding Mashup category for his Mashup application MashBlock, a tool visualising census data based on location-based queries.
“The contest was a major success, with more than 200 remix entries and more than 40 unique Mashup entries from around the country,” said Andy Neale, Manager, DigitalNZ.
The Great NZ Remix & Mashup Competition was organised by DigitalNZ, NZ On Screen, Creative Commons NZ, Open New Zealand, data.govt.nz and the National Library of New Zealand to demonstrate the benefits of making content and data publically available for remix and reuse.
The competition had a prize pool of more than USD 30,000. Winning entries were selected based on their originality, showcasing of data and content, quality, usefulness and appeal.
The competition aimed to broaden New Zealand support for open and reusable digital content and data, reward development that uses Kiwi digital content and data, and strengthen relationships between producers, software developers and creative communities.
The competition judges included Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of computer book publisher O’Reilly Media Inc., Helen Baxter, Managing Directrix of Mohawk Media and XMediaLab mentor, and Nat Torkington, who ran the first web server in New Zealand in 1992 for Victoria University and started Kiwi Foo Camp (an American-style “unconference”).