There’s $100,000 up for grabs, for those who can help the Western Australian government solve problems, using technology.
The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer has published information and an application form for the newly announced Start IT Up WA Challenge (Not to be confused with the school-based Just Start It Challenge).
The challenge is one of the first initiatives to be funded from the WA Government’s $20 million innovation package. See Marcus’ opinion piece on this: How to Spend $20 Million on the WA Startup Ecosystem.
“The Start IT Up WA Challenge is about using local ideas to take the use of government data to the next level, and cut red tape across the Western Australian public sector,” Mr Marmion said.
“The Government will offer $100,000 in prize money to see local ideas make it to market, and ultimately be integrated into the everyday operations of government agencies.”
The Minister made the announcement as part of his opening address to members of the IT and telecommunications industry at the WAITTA INCITE awards ceremony. The projects need to have a viable business plan.
“We know from the many successful hackathons which have already been run in WA that the ICT community is enthusiastic about using government data to solve problems in innovative ways,” Mr Marmion said.
To find out more, see the application form and information page.
So, get to it – start it up. We wish everyone the best of luck with their ideas and submissions!