Best Engagement Data Hack

Supported By: 
Christchurch City Council

How can we get people on board with cycleways in this Christchurch. We know, from the research, that people want a greener city that is more pedestrian and cycle-friendly. And we know people are generally supportive of cycle routes until that cycle route impacts on their trees, or their parking, or the way they access their property or business. So how do we get people excited about cycling in this city, so that when the a cycle route comes past their house they can see the bigger picture of what they are gaining, not what they're losing.


Eligibility Criteria

Has to USE some open govt data. Ideas for where to look at, including submissions from a recent consultation on a major cycle route in Christchurch under

Positivity Scale

Team Name: 
Pokemon No!

Gathering and understanding community sentiment towards ideas and topics is really complex. Currently most data is reported as yes or no. You're either for or against something. But the reality is that our opinions and answers to questions are far more complex than just a yes or no. ​​​​​​​

We have built a tool which is able to examine the actual words people are using. We can input data or conversations from almost any source, categorise it by topic or theme and then give it what we call a positivity score.

Wild Trails

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Team Name: 
Wild Trails

2 bored friends are looking to do something.

This friend loves to hike and wants to see something of New Zealand.

Although each friend have done many hikes, they all want to find hidden trails that they haven't all done before.

They found from visiting the DOC site that the Wild Trails app can help them discover trails around their neighbourhood and around New Zealand.

They launch the app and discover trails closest to their current location, trails around New Zealand and also great walks, camp grounds, huts and regional parks.

Dog Found

Team Name: 
Save the Alpacas


A web application that works on all devices/form factors that solves the problem of 

1)  owners losing their dogs and notifying the public to look out for it in their area. 

2)  the public finding a roaming dog and being able to notify the owner first so they avoid the $160 impound fine for the owner

3)  and the local council worker getting dog details efficently along with dog history (plus if a dangerous dog designation!)


Team Name: 
Two Cats And Some Mice

There is an empathy deficit in our world so we’ve built an empathy engine

We surround ourselves with people like us and click on the content we agree with.  We filter out facts and people that don’t fit with the way we see our world.  We create our own bubbles but is is here to pop these biubble, watch our click-bait and switch!