[Wellington-pm] Mix and Mash competition is open!

Chelsea Hughes Chelsea.Hughes at dia.govt.nz
Sun Aug 14 17:47:56 PDT 2011

Hello Perl Mongers!

Just wanted to let all of you know the Mix and Mash competition for 2011 is now open.  Mix and Mash is a competition, organised by DigitalNZ (a service of the National Library of New Zealand), that encourages the use of NZ government data and NZ digital content.

Full details are available on our website: http://mixandmash.org.nz.  The competition will run until 9pm on Thursday 15 September, and we hope you'll all consider entering this year!

Here's a quick overview of the data mashup categories in this year's competition:

Open government data mashup: $2000 will be awarded to the application that best encourages government transparency, access and insight into government information or services.

Environment data mashup: $2000 will be awarded to the application that best contributes to New Zealand's environmental well-being.

Sport and recreation data mashup: $2000 will be awarded to the application that best encourages New Zealanders' participation in sport and recreation.

Canterbury earthquake recovery data mashup: $2000 will be awarded to the application that best supports the Canterbury earthquake recovery.  This could relate to specific parts of the recovery including community well-being, culture and heritage, the built environment, the natural environment, and economic recovery, or any mix of these.

Anything goes data mashup: $2000 will be awarded to the application that best demonstrates the use of NZ data in a creative way.  This section is for entries that don't fit into any other specific categories.

We also have a few special awards:

$4000 award for an outstanding data mashup

Best newbie data mashup award

and the prize of all prizes: $10,000 award for the supreme data mashup for the data mashup that best shows the value of open NZ data and content, is well designed, and is insanely great.

There is support available for newbie developers in the form of a Beginner's Guide to Data Mashups, written by Tim McNamara and sponsored by the Charities Commission: http://www.mixandmash.org.nz/the-competition/mashup-guide/getting-started-with-an-api.  We've also set up a google group for asking and answering mashup related questions: https://groups.google.com/group/mix-and-mash-data-mashups.

Lastly, voting is also now open for the Best Mashup...So Far competition, running along the Mix and Mash competition.  13 existing NZ mashups have been nominated, and voting will close at 9pm on 15 September.  Check our website for voting details.

Thanks for reading this horrendously long email, and we hope you'll have a crack at this year's competition.

All the best,
Chelsea Hughes
Mix and Mash Community Manager

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