GeoNext Hackfest 2015

  • Spatial information is nothing without the ideas and expertise to turn data into innovative, unique and valuable applications. With what many are calling the “geospatial revolution” on its way, those with the unique skills required to handle spatial data in new ways have the opportunity to take advantage of this burgeoning area.

    There’s no better way to see this happen than through a hackfest. This is why organisations like HERE MapsVicRoadsWhat3wordsTomTom and Airbus Defence and Space are looking to award innovative ideas that turn their extensive data and resources into useful applications at this year’s GeoNext Hackfest. Entries will open on 29 July 2015 and the winner will be announced at the GeoNext conference on 19 August in Melbourne, where finalists will be invited to present their solutions.


    Winners will be awarded with prizes, as listed at below:

    First 2,500 AUD
    Second 1,500 AUD
    Third 500 AUD

    Last year’s inaugural hackfest saw HERE and GoGet open their datasets and led to the development of a number of workable solutions. This year’s hackfest will be even bigger with VicRoads, What3words, TomTom, Airbus and one again HERE Maps opening their extensive datasets and resources for the competition.

    Hackfests are also a great way to get people with unique skills together to network and share ideas. Two people are always better than one, so you may enter individually, as a team or form a team at the launch event at ThoughtWorks, 303 Collins Street Melbourne on Wednesday 29th July from 6pm to 8.45pm.

    The GeoNext hackfest offers participants the opportunity to create innovative, unique and valuable applications using the data sets contributed by our sponsors. The Sponsor Challenge is:

    The most innovative use of one or more competition APIs to solve a real problem.

    Entrants will be required to defined the problem they’re attempting to solve, and will be judged on the quality of their idea (originality, innovation and usability) and the quality of their execution.


    First $2,500
    Second $1,500
    Third $500
    The Victorian Government is offering an additional prize, for the following challenge:

    Best use of Victorian government open data to address one of the following challenges.

    Enabling integrated transport choices, and making journeys pleasant and predictable
    Improving road safety, amenity, environmental outcomes
    Strengthening the economy through better use of roads, and connections with land use

    First $2,000
    Second $750
    Third $250
    Participants may enter both challenges with a single submission if they meet the criteria for both. You must specify this in the submission form.

    Submissions must be directly viewable on the web without downloading or installing anything.

    Projects are due Wednesday 12 August by midnight. Late submissions will not be considered.  Please note that there is a an online form to fill in explaining your application in relation to judging criteria so don’t leave submission to the last minute!

    The prizes will be awarded to the winners at the end of the GeoNext conference on August 19 and winners are invited to give a short presentation on their entry.

    GeoNext Hackfest – Terms and Conditions

    We want this whole process to be as pain-free as possible – but of course we need a bit of legalese to protect everyone involved.

    The short version is that you own all rights to anything you develop for the GeoNext Hackfest, while sponsors own all rights to their respective datasets and APIs.

    For further details, please read on….


    The 2015 GeoNext Hackfest (hereinafter referred to as “the Competition”) is open for registration to residents of any country and teams of any size and registrants of any age. Entrants do not need to attend the GeoNext conference in order to enter the Competition. Entrants may submit multiple entries in the Competition.

    The Competition begins on Wednesday 29 July and ends on Wednesday 12 August 2015.

    By entering the Competition you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

    GeoNext reserves the right to suspend, change or cancel the Competition at any time as it may determine in its sole discretion. This includes, without limitation, the ability to substitute a prize with another prize if necessary, or to change the specification of the prize if circumstances require it, or to change the entry methods, or entry limit or to change the duration of the Competition.

    Entry in the Competition is not available for employees of GeoNext, VicRoads, HereMaps, What3Words, TomTom and Airbus Defence and Space.

    Intellectual Property Rights.

    All right title and interest in any material provided by you to GeoNext in connection with the Competition (your “Contribution”) will remain your property, except to the extent that your Contribution contains or reproduces any sponsors datasets, in whole or in part, or any adaptation of those datasets.

    You agree that, in providing your Contribution you are granting to GeoNext an irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to use your name, likeness and Contribution for promotional and/or publicity purposes in connection with the Competition and the GeoNext conference

    By submitting a Contribution you acknowledge that GeoNext may obtain entries which are similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to others submitted under this Competition and/or other competitions or otherwise involving GeoNext. You acknowledge and agree that GeoNext does not have now, nor shall it have in the future, any duty or liability, direct or indirect, vicarious, contributory, or otherwise, with respect to the infringement or protection of any copyright in and to your Contribution.

    You acknowledge that the competition sponsors maintain the right to continue to develop and improve products and systems that may by co-incidence be similar to, or share elements with, contributions made to the Competition.

    You can use your Contribution in any way, including allowing others to use it. GeoNext does not guarantee that your Contribution will be used by GeoNext and the competition sponsors.

    You warrant that the Contribution is your original work and was created by you, the Contribution does not violate or infringe the intellectual property, proprietary or other rights of any third party, does not contain any defamatory, misleading or obscene material, or any material associated with a competitor, you possess and control all rights necessary to submit the Contribution irrevocably and without restriction to GeoNext, and that publication of the Contribution via various media including web posting, will not infringe on the rights any third party rights. If GeoNext has reason to believe your Contribution is not your own work, then GeoNext may invalidate your entry into the Competition. You will indemnify and hold harmless GeoNext from any claims in relation to your Contribution.

    You warrant that any Contribution built using HereMaps, TomTom and Airbus Defence and Space data may not be sold to either overseas competitors, or competing domestic industries. The use of the Airbus Defence and Space products are provided under copyright and with respect to the terms and conditions of the End User Licence Agreement which can be found here.

    To enter the Competition

    Entrants must apply to enter the Competition via after which further information on obtaining the competition sponsors’ datasets/APIs will be provided.

    Entry in the Competition is free, and does not require attendance at the GeoNext conference. Entries will not be accepted after the closing date of the Competition, and no costs will be reimbursed to the entrant incurred in creating a Contribution.


    Datasets and resources will be provided by VicRoads, HereMaps, What3words, TomTom and Airbus.


    The jury, a panel of judges internal and external to GeoNext, VicRoads, HereMaps, What3Words, TomTom and Airbus Defence and Space, will choose the winning Contributions for the Competition at the end of the Event from all the valid entries received by GeoNext before the closing date.

    When choosing the winning Contributions, the jury will be looking for the quality of the idea, its implementation, and execution as well as the overall user experience.

    The jury’s decision will be made at the end of the Event. The decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

    Judging criteria

    The GeoNext Hackfest event is subject to judging panel assessment, so make sure you follow instructions. The judging panel decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into. This is a competition of skills, chance plays no part in this competition.

    All competition entries will be judged by the GeoNext Hackfest judging panel against the following criteria:
    – Originality
    – Innovation
    – Usability
    – Quality and design

    Winners of the Competition will be notified prior to the GeoNext conference, with runners-up invited to attend the prize presentation at the GeoNext Hackfest session of the conference. The prizes will be awarded at the end of the GeoNext conference. The list of prizes and winners’ names will be available on the GeoNext website after the GeoNext conference. The winners are expected to provide a 5 minute presentation each on their entry concept at the GeoNext Conference.



    About HERE

    HERE, a Nokia company, is a leader in navigation, mapping and location experiences. We combine highly accurate and fresh maps with cloud technology to enable rich, real-time location experiences in a broad range of connected devices – from smartphones and tablets to wearables and vehicles. As the only pure play location company with global reach in the market today, HERE is reinventing the map making it the prime source of location intelligence for businesses across industries. To learn more about HERE, including our work in the areas of connected and autonomous driving, visit

    How To Access Our APIs

    HERE would be delighted to provide Geonext/ Vic Roads Hack Fest access to our APIs for the Hackfest – details for accessing our APIs are:

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    Technical support – any technical questions will be supported by


    About VicRoads

    VicRoads plans, develops and manages the arterial road network and delivers road safety initiatives and customer focused registration and licensing services. On these pages you can learn more about us and the laws and regulations we administer.

    How to Access Government Open Data

    Victorain Government believes that government data should be easy to find, access, use and share.

    In line with the Victorian government’s DataVic Access Policy, and in conjunction with,  we committed to providing free and open data for public use. provides an easy way to find and access a wealth of road and transport related data. We want you to explore and download the data, and use it to build cool apps and tools that make travel easier and safer for all Victorians.


    About What3words

    What3words is a unique combination of just 3 words that identifies a 3mx3m square, anywhere on the planet.

    It’s far more accurate than a postal address and it’s much easier to remember, use and share than a set of coordinates.

    Better addressing improves customer experience, delivers business efficiencies, drives growth and helps the social & economic development of countries.

    How to Access W3W API

    Develop with what3words at

    What3words would love to see developers integrate what3words into their applications, and want to make this as easy as possible.


    About Airbus

    Airbus Defence and Space is a recognised leader in the geospatial information market, having fully integrated the skills and resources of the former Spot Image and Infoterra. We provide decision-makers with complete solutions enabling them to increase security, boost agricultural performance, maximise oil, gas and mining operations, improve their management of natural resources, and protect the environment with deforestation and carbon emissions monitoring.

    We have access to data from a constellation of ten earth observation satellites: 8 optical sensors ranging from 50cm to 22m resolution and the two radar satellites: TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X. All designed and built by Airbus Defence and Space. Our unrivalled Earth observation products and services cover all your geo-information needs, from imagery to processed information for end-users.

    About Airbus Imagery

    Airbus Defence and Space is providing recent and archive imagery over Victoria and Melbourne for use in the GeoHack event. This imagery is provided by a variety of streamed image web services from out Data Management Services centre in Fort Collins, Colorado

    All of Victoria and part of South Australia is covered by the 2.5m resolution SPOTMaps mosaic product. This data would be around 2010

    Greater Melbourne is covered by 1.5m resolution data acquired in 2015 and 2013

    Inner Melbourne is covered by 50cm resolution imagery acquired in 2015

    These image layers have been provided by URL tags for provide specific image service protocols.

    These URL do not provide a viewer service but must be accessed by calls from with an application or a software packages such as ArcGIS or Google Earth

    How to Access Airbus Imagery

    We have defined three conceptual groups, plus the Folder access points which organize the same content of the multiple layers within a single URLl.

    Group 1 URL’s provide access to the bit values for analysis and color stretching.

    Group 2 is only one URL – WMS and that is explained below.

    Group 3 provides access to Esri Compact Cache versions of the content.  The performance on these is great but the functionality restricted.  There are lots of REST variants that hopefully the young hackers will know how to leverage.  These provide features such as http secure transmission and exposure of cache levels.

    Group 1.
    ArcGIS Server endpoints which connect to ImageServices – REST (REST,Soap,WMS protocols available):



    Group 2

    WMS OGC Service:
    The user can connect as an OGC Service, call any EPSG desired, and reproject on the fly.


    Group 3.
    These datasets are Cache versions of the same content.
    They are ESRI Compact Cache.



    SPOTMaps 2.5m over Victoria
    Here are additional endpoints which provide only the SPOTMaps geofence to Victoria and beyond:

    Folder Access to the Caches:
    These endpoints allow a user to connect to a series of Caches via a single URL.
    This is desirable if the user is only using one protocol and wishes to have access to many Cache datasets.
    These are the same CompactCache as listed in Group 3.

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