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The Open Data Team at The Sydney Boat Show

The Open Data Team was at the Sydney Boat Show in July to help launch the apps Boatable and Deckee following their incubation and endorsement from the Boating Companion Innovation Challenge. The Sydney Boat Show was the perfect occasion to officially launch the apps to market and to signify the completion of another successful innovation challenge. Some members of the Open Data and Innovation Team were there to help out at the Boatable and Deckee booths and to showcase the possibilities and opportunities that come from using open data.

How to Use Open Data to Develop an Application

Our portal is where we provide all the data and APIs you need to create the next awesome public transport application! As a blanket rule, we do not offer programming guidance and assistance as our focus is on finding as much data as possible and publishing it on the Open Data Hub, thus, we leave the coding up to you. However, we do get asked a lot on how to use our data to develop applications.

Maintaining Privacy and Security in Open Data

Making data as open and transparent as possible is one of Transport for NSW's main goals and part of the overall data policy set out by the government as part of the Future Transport strategy. However, making data open doesn't come without risk. The Transport for NSW Open Data Team must ensure that all the data that is published doesn't put people's lives at risk, doesn't compromise any of the city's security and doesn't violate any privacy laws.

Endorsed apps from the Boating Companion Innovation Challenge

Earlier this year, we ran the Boating Companion Innovation Challenge. It was a very successful event where we invited 11 submissions to pitch their ideas in front of a panel of judges. Three of these ideas were invited to take part in an incubation program, with two successfully being endorsed by Transport for NSW and launched to the public.

Products from the Travel Choices Innovation Challenge

We’re pleased to introduce two products endorsed by Transport for NSW which were incubated and delivered through the Travel Choices Innovation Challenge. The innovation challenge was run in collaboration with the Sydney Coordination Office.

These products are Citymapper and finderful.com. Both are currently available and can be accessed via citymapper.com and finderful.com respectively.

A look back at CongestionHack, a Transport for NSW open data hackathon

After months of preparation and anticipation, CongestionHack went ahead on the weekend of March 23rd to 25th at UTS Hatchery. The event was a great success and was the first hackathon organised and run entirely by the Transport for NSW (TfNSW) Open Data and Innovation Team!

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