Apps4NSW contest winners announced next week

Competition finale two months late

The NSW Government will announce the winners of the apps4NSW competition next Wednesday, two months after the intended date.

The competition, announced by then Premier, Nathan Rees, last September, allowed developers to enter applications or web-sites that mashed up publicly available government data for a chance to win a portion of the $100,000 prize pool. NSW public were also given a chance to vote in the competition, with votes closing on 9 April 2010.

Under the government's initial timeline, which is still available to view on the apps4NSW website, the winners would be announced in April. However, no announcement was made and several developers asked about the status of the competition on the data.nsw Facebook fan page.

The Government Chief Information Office - which is running the competition - made no mention of progress until a Twitter update earlier this month, which stated the competition winners had been contacted and filmed.

Computerworld Australia has since learned that the winners will be announced by the Minister for Tourism, Women and Science and Medical Research, Jodi McKay at a showcase and awards ceremony told be held at Parliament House on Wednesday, 23 June. Possible winners and those eligible for the showcase have been contacted and asked to attend.

The Government Chief Information Office verified the date, but a spokesperson for Jodi McKay said details had not be confirmed.

It is also believed that the winners may have little reflection on the results of the public vote, which have been visible since voting closed in April. Appiphany developer, Adrian DeWitts, told Computerworld Australia that, while he had been contacted to attend the showcase, he had not been filmed by the organisers of apps4NSW.

The developer of another submission popular with the public, Trambles, said he had been notified of winning the "Highly Commended" award in the competition, but received no other information regarding the announcement or placement.

This is despite the fact that his iPhone app CityTag - which provides the location of amenities and other public locations in Melbourne - won the public vote by a considerable amount.

The NSW Government initiative follows a similar competition launched by the Federal Government last year, while the Victorian State Government also launched a mash-up application competition with $100,000 prize money in March.

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