Students ready to hack into data for skills test

USC Engineering and Computer Science students will hack into open government data to find solutions to real-world problems at GovHack, being hosted by USC Moreton Bay for the first time.

Opening and closing events of the popular competition, the largest open data “hackathon” in the Southern Hemisphere, will be at the Petrie campus from August 20-22.

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Engineering Dr Helen Fairweather said it would encourage university students to test their skills and find new ways of addressing serious issues.

Safety app

USC teams have had success in previous categories, such as last year’s bushfire safety app and 2019’s household water control device.

The University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Tim Wess and Moreton Bay Region Mayor Peter Flannery, representing sponsor Moreton Bay Regional Council, will attend the opening on Friday August 20.

Mayor Flannery said Council supported the initiative, as part of its aim to give the region a competitive advantage in the digital age.

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