University of Tasmania student Brendan Hodkinson has been awarded the spirit of GovHack award for his efforts at last month’s open data forum.
The three-day forum saw digital entrepreneurs, game developers, university students and a host of other professionals put their heads together to develop working prototypes using state and federal government data.
Mr Hodkinson worked in a team to develop an app called Bin There.
The program uses Launceston City Council data to informs individuals where the closest bin is in their area.
He said the spirit of GovHack award encompassed teamwork and people skills.
Startup Tasmania founder James Riggall said Mr Hodkinson showed strong leadership in bringing a team of students together.
“One element of the award is helping other people, so GovHack is a competition but you also want to help people on other teams,” he said.
“He’s really spread his enthusiasm to other people.”
Mr Hodkinson worked with year 11 student Grifin Brooks and Bachelor of ICT student Daniel Richardson.
Mr Riggall said he will be flown to the national awards ceremony later this year, as well as having the app judged at state level.
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