CMU-A students shine at GovHack State Awards

Posted 29th September 2017

CMU-A students were instrumental in the success of the BizKit entry in the GovHack State Awards announced last night.

BizKit is an innovative and intuitive tool that enables new and existing businesses to flourish in South Australia by aggregating and translating essential data into actionable intelligence.

BizKit picked up three of the 12 awards on offer - the South Australia Commercialisation and Supporting SA Economy awards as well as the overall Best Entry from SA award sponsored by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. These awards were targeted towards projects that create economic benefit and/or are commercially viable business opportunities that support new growth industries within the South Australian region.

The team was made up of CMU-A graduates, Teck Jan Low (MSIT ’17), Madan Parameswaran (MSIT ’17), Gonzalo Becker Leon (MSIT ’17), Damian Ezequiel Zinni (MSIT ’16), two current students Shraddha Patel (MSIT ’18) and Jose Rodriguez Garcia (MSIT ’18) who were joined by siblings Libby (SA Water Business Development Manager) and Milan Vojin (Mechanical Engineer).

Team BizKit's Jose Garcia, Gonzalo Becker Leon and Teck Jan Low with Professor Murli

BizKit is now eligible for the SA Premier’s Awards which will be held as part of Open State, a festival of innovation, collaboration, ideas and enterprise. The awards will be announced by SA Premier, the Hon Jay Weatherill MP on Friday 6th October 2017.

Winners will receive a $10,000 grant from the SA Government plus startup and business support from LeapSheep, Business Models Inc, and Chiliad Consulting.

And State winners will represent South Australia at the national Awards to be held in Brisbane on 14th October 2017. Good luck to the BizKit team. You are awesome!!!

The GovHack is an Open Data competition that has been running since 2009. It’s an international competition where teams must use at least one set of open data from the Data.SA website to develop a product or service to help create a better society.

The event brings together technology creatives and innovators from the private, public and government sectors with government data to explore and discover new ways to help create a better society.

Within the 46-hour competition, Hackers form teams, identify problems to solve, build working prototypes, publish their code as open source, and make a short video showing what they did and why. Projects can include web, mobile or augmented reality applications, new analysis or even 3D printed visualisations to understand data and patterns.