The $5000 Challenge You’ll Want To Win!

Sponsored by HERE

See the top 3 entries at 3.30 pm – Gardens Theatre – Brisbane GIS Day


Why enter the Map App Hack?


Large cash prizes for 3 teams

The winner will receive $5000 cash and the two runners up $1000 cash each.


Kickstart an inspiring project

Use this competition as a springboard for your awesome GIS app ideas!


High profile GIS companies

The biggest names working in GIS in Australia will be at Brisbane GIS Day 2014.


VIP at the exclusive after party

Competition winners get free tickets to exclusive Brisbane GIS Day After Party.

What is the Map App Hack?

Brisbane GIS Day 2014 Map App Hack is a nationwide open data competition. We challenge you to develop a great entrepreneurial and creative app that makes use of spatial technology and open data on a smartphone (native app or web app).

Use your programming, maps and apps expertise to create something new, exciting and beneficial to community and/or industry. 

The independent judging panel will be looking for fresh, innovative ideas that solve a particular problem. And we’re leaving it up to you to decide what problem to solve. The world of open data is your oyster!

The winning individual or team will receive $5000, great publicity for their app, and free entry to the exclusive Brisbane GIS Day 2014 VIP After Party. 

Map App Hack is being proudly sponsored by HERE.


The Judging Panel


David Woodlock

HERE Maps, a Nokia business

David is responsible for the strategic direction & expansion of the HERE Maps Location Platform and interactive content solutions focusing on the implementation of breakthrough business models.


Gavin Winter


Gavin is Project Leader for the Cube Globe (recently displayed on the Cube for G20) and head of the Visualisation and eResearch team at the Institute for Future Environments, QUT.


Ben Rugers

Commonwealth Bank

Ben is the Team Leader of Transaction Banking and Digital payments for Local Business Banking QLD. Ben and his team assists clients in optimising their working capital through technology

Ben Sorensen


Ben Sorensen leads the Queensland Innovation Hub and PwC’s Innovation & Digital Change practice in Queensland. The Hub brings together industry experts and forward-thinking suppliers to create solutions to problems worth solving.

Entry has now closed for the Map App Hack competition.

The finalists will be announced November 14th, 2014. 


How it works

A two-month innovation competition to showcase the possibilities of open data.

  • Get a team together, or register as individual
  • Identify a real-world problem
  • Create an app that solves it

You have until the 1st November 2014 to submit your entries. The shortlisted entrants will be notified on the 14th November 2014 and will be invited to the Brisbane GIS Day to showcase their creations. A winner will be chosen by the judging panel and announced after the app showcases on GIS Day.

Terms & Conditions

By entering the Map App Hack competition, the entrant agrees to and accepts these competition conditions. Notwithstanding the above, competition entry is deemed acceptance of these.


The winning individual or team will receive $5000 cash and will be given tickets to the Brisbane GIS Day 2014 After Party. The two shortlisted runners up will each receive $1000.

Winner Notification

The shortlisted entrants will be notified on 14 November, 2014. The winner will be announced after the shortlisted entries have presented on Brisbane GIS Day.


To be eligible to register for and enter this competition, the entrant must:

i.    use open data from any Government Department in Australia.
ii.    not be an employee or contracted staff of GIS People or the competition sponsor.
iii.    be at least 16 years of age.
iv.     be available to attend Brisbane GIS Day 2014 to present their app if shortlisted.


The application must be made available to judges for free.


All submissions to the competition will be assessed by a panel of judges. Chance does not play any part in the competition. The decision of the Judging Panel shall be conclusive and no correspondence will be entered into in respect thereof.

No liability of promoter

The Promoter accepts no responsibility whatsoever for late, misplaced, lost or ineligible entries. The Promoter makes no representations or warranties as to the quality, suitability or merchantability of the prizes. To the extent permitted by law, the Promoter is not liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to direct or consequential loss) or for any personal injury sustained in connection with the entry into the competition or acceptance or use of the prizes. This paragraph is not intended to exclude any liability which cannot be excluded under Australian consumer protection laws. Any such liability is limited to the resupply of the subject prize.


By entering into the competition, the nominated entrant warrants and represents to Promoter that it it owns, all right title and interest (including but not limited to copyright and all other intellectual property rights throughout the world in perpetuity) in and to its application or website. The nominated entrant shall remain the sole and exclusive owner of the application or website submitted.


By entering into the competition, the nominated entrant:
i. grants to the Promoter (and agents or contractors acting on behalf of the Promoter) the right to promote and market the submitted application or website, but not the right to seek remuneration from such promotion and marketing; and
ii. consents to their name (in whole or in part) being acknowledged as the developer in any media and within any material relating to or arising out of the competition including for promotional, marketing and publicity purposes relating to the Promoter. The nominated entrant acknowledges and accepts that the Promoter (and agents and contractors acting on behalf of the Promoter) are not obliged to use the nominated entrant’s presentation in the competition and/or their name on any such materials or in any media, however if it does, Promoter shall acknowledge the nominated entrant as the owner of the presentation.

Entry has now closed for the Map App Hack competition.

The finalists will be announced November 14th, 2014.

Map App Hack is proudly sponsored by


HERE, a Nokia company, is a global leader in the mapping and location intelligence business.