Queensland was one of the top states to be recognised at the state awards for the eighth annual GovHack competition, announced last Friday.

Some of the winning entries from the state included Court Me, a website helping users locate available legal services pertaining to a specific situation or dispute; NextBiz, an app helping SME owners make smarter business decisions by providing relevant location-based market insights, and BirthAdvisor, an app helping expectant mothers to choose a birthing facility based on birth choices, outcomes and avilabilities.

With 19 categories of awards, the state was only second to Victoria in the most submitted entries.

GovHack Queensland State Director Jason Weigel said the state winners were well deserving of their awards.

“The combination of technical and creative skills combined with a desire to improve society through applications of open data made this year’s winners particularly outstanding,” he said.

The GovHack competition saw participants using open government data create products and data application ideas over the weekend of 28th July, which they could produce for either the state or national award categories.

GovHack Director Richard Tubb said this competition was a fantastic opportunity to see what could be done using open data.

“GovHack gives people a chance to play with open data in a friendly and timely environment,” he said.

State awards for New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Tasmania were also announced, with judging for the Australian Capital Territory and South Australia still under way. Winners of the national awards will be announced in Brisbane on 14 October at the GovHack awards night.

The competition was held across 27 locations in Australia in all states and territories and in 8 locations across New Zealand.