I finally have something nice to say about the NSW Labor government. Premier Rees has announced a $100,000 price to best application that uses government information.
Rees spoke about how government needed to use the Web 2.0 tools that the "technological revolution" had brought. "We must enlist these Web 2.0 technologies in the cause of democracy and freedom," Rees said.
He launched a competition to help the use of such technologies in government called "apps4nsw". The competition offers prizes worth $100,000 for people to create ideas and software that uses government data for applications.
The prizes will be judged by an expert panel, although there will also be a People's Choice award. Anything developed in the competition will be open source, freely available for use by both the government and the public.
Prizes are excellent ways to develop new technology, it will be interesting to see the results.