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Monday December 14, 2009
02:41 AM

geo2gov 2nd, $6,000 prize in MashupAustralia competition

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I'm happy to report that our Catalyst + PostGIS application Geo2gov took 2nd prize, plus one bonus prize, in the Australia government's MashupAustralia competition. Jeffery Candiloro (co-developer on the project) and myself will split $6,000 in prize money :)

"geo2gov serves as an excellent example of what can be possible with open government data. This entry provided an online service that will take a location description in a wide range of formats, and map that location to the government. The testament to its utility was demonstrated by the fact that several other entries used geo2gov. Contest judge Mark Pesce said that this app that was such an impressive prototype of what was possible with government data that it made his geeky pants wet."

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  • Impressive to hear that several other entrants were using your service :)

    • Recruiting some coopetition was an integral part of our victory strategy, given we aren't at all pretty like many of the others.

      We'de hoped to have a quarter of the field or something, but in the end having 2-3 competant entries was enough to demonstrate the usefulness of it.