MixandMash awards show varied strokes of ingenuity

Walking track data application wins supreme award; other entries showcased

The $10,000 Supreme Mashup award in New Zealand’s first MixandMash competition has been won by Daniel Pietzsch for NZWalks, an interactive map of walking tracks in NZ. The prize for the award was donated by InternetNZ.

The MixandMash competition was organised by a group of sponsors, coordinated by Digital NZ (www.digitalnz.org.nz).

According to Digital NZ, the competition "aims to encourage the use of New Zealand content and data".

Entries must use at least one New Zealand data source from local or central government.

Using NZWalks, walkers can zero in on an area of the country, instantly seeing how many tracks there are locally, then bring up the information for a particular track such as its length, altitude and steepness profile.

NZ Walks, accessible at http://nzwalksinfo.co.nz, also won the category award for the best mashup using Department of Conservation data.

Mashblock, by Cameron Prebble, won the $5000 Microsoft prize for “outstanding mashup” and the $1000 Google-donated prize for the best use of Google’s cloud computing services. Mashblock gives you demographic statistics from the 2006 census for a particular meshblock — the smallest area over which Statistics NZ collects data. It displays statistics such as the age ranges, gender balance, ethnicity and religious persuasion of inhabitants of the block in chart form.

The top prize in the remix division - a MacBook Pro for the supreme remix, given by Creative Commons Atotearoa-New Zealand - has gone to Jem Yoshioka for illustrations and calligraphy based on Katherine Mansfield’s poem The Opal Dream Cave – sourced under Creative Commons licence from the NZ Electronic Text Centre and the National Library.

Robert Coup won the $1000 Microsoft prize for the best use of Windows Azure cloud computing services for his Yachter http://bit.ly/gxcOHA an application that helps select and map courses for yachting races, with regard to topography, prevailing winds and currents as well as assisting in managing the race itself. Yachter was also judged the best mobile geographic application ($2000 prize donated by Google).

Other prizewinners included Phil Bartie and Nora Wang (poster advertisement), Jo Eaton and Thomas Scovell (remix of a poem by Poet Laureate Cilla McQueen), Heidi Busch (cartoon remix), Thomas Gleeson & Emma Johansson (music video), Carys Goodwin (poem), Jeremy Arnold for GridWatch, an interactive map of electricity supply and consumption; Rowan Simpson for an iPad-based card game featuring New Zealand Members of Parliament, Kim Shepherd and Joshua Smyth for Home Sweet Home, an interactive map display of available apartments in a given part of the country and rental range, Richard Best for a templating engine to help generate tendering Requests for Proposal (judge’s discretionary prize) and Amanda Dorrell and Nick Malcolm (prize for those new to mashup) for interactively charting how much each government spends of an individual’s income tax.

The competition was judged by Nat Torkington and Helen Baxter.

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