Christchurch News and Community Data Hack

Supported By: 
Christchurch City Council

How do we build a sense of community in Christchurch with news and information ?


Eligibility Criteria

Has to use some open govt data and must use Newsline dataset from

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.


Team Name:

A simple, easy to use website, that registers a user's location and gives them flood alerts

Discover-ABLE (AR App for assisting people with disabilities to discover and navigate better throughout the city)

Photo of Team Quad Hack members from left to right: Aaron, Jaya, Ronan and Louise
Team Name: 
Quad Hack

We believe that diversity and inclusion within any community adds strength; aiming to make sure that our quaken city of Christchurch is an accessible city for all, Discover-ABLE taps into that belief.

It is our sincere hope that we can use technology to bring awareness to the needs and difficulties of people with disabilities especially in the context of local government departments and local data-sets.

What happened?

discover data
Team Name: 
Psionic Monk

What happened? is a third person adventure game where the player wants to know what happened in the cities he's exploring. This is a game of discovery where each level has a distinct objective and is mapped to a city. The game starts from Whanganui and goes on to explore other cities while discovering interesting facts about each city. Primarily, the facts include death rates and crime stats. 

Project highlights;

* A playable prototype where the contours of the landscape are mapped to contours of Whanganui and ChristChurch.