The web-based walking track application designed by Daniel Pietzsch, has won the $10,000 Supreme Mashup award in the Great NZ Remix & Mashup Competition.
The application NZWalks combines Department of Conservation and Google Maps data and encourages New Zealanders and tourists to use the walking tracks by allowing them to easily view track route, type of track, length and elevation profile all in one place.
In the Outstanding Mashup category Cameron Prebble received a $5,000 prize for his Mashup application MashBlock, a tool visualising census data based on location-based queries.
In the Creative Commons award for the Supreme NZ Remix category Jem Yoshioka received a Macbook Pro and a MinoHD Flip video camera for her Remix An Opal Dream inspired by Katherine Mansfield’s The Opal Dream Cave.
Winners of the competition’s 9 categories and eight special awards were announced live online via Facebook and Twitter on Friday 10 December.
“The contest was a major success, with more than 200 remix entries and more than 40 unique Mashup entries from around the country,” said Andy Neale, Manager, DigitalNZ.
The judges were impressed by the entrants’ creative use of classic New Zealand content and the way diverse applications and data sources were used to create exciting, new and useful applications and content.
“We had everything from applications that visualise demographic census data and finding and exploring rental properties, to illustrating how your tax dollars are spent.”
The Great NZ Remix & Mashup Competition was organised by DigitalNZ, NZ On Screen, Creative Commons NZ, Open New Zealand, data.govt.nz and the National Library of New Zealand to demonstrate the benefits of making content and data publically available for remix and reuse.
The competition had a prize pool of more than $30,000 thanks to support from sponsors InternetNZ, Microsoft, Google, Creative Commons NZ, Boost New Media, Codec, NZ Transport Authority, Department of Conservation, DigitalNZ, National Library of NZ, NZ On Screen, Pixton and MusicHype.
The competition judges included Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of computer book publisher O'Reilly Media Inc., Helen Baxter, Managing Directrix of Mohawk Media and XMediaLab mentor, and Nat Torkington, who ran the first web server in New Zealand in 1992 for Victoria University and started Kiwi Foo Camp (an American-style "unconference").
The public voted online for some of the awards, including the best alternate music video category, which asked entrants to create a video for a selected Flying Nun Records track using never-before-released Archive New Zealand film footage.