Winners of ‘App My State’ have an urban focusPosted: June 22, 2010
The winners of the Victorian App My State competition announced last night by the Premier have a distinctly urban orientation. The objective of the competition is to inspire Victorians to create web and mobile applications for Victorians. Entrants compete for $100,000 in prizes.
First prize was won by Jason Smale for his iPhone app, Which Bin?, which helps people understand what items are able to be recycled. He says:
I’ve often seen my mother struggle to read which number is in the tiny recycling triangle on the bottom of yoghurt containers. After about 5 minutes she resorts to using a magnifying glass and finally the often undecipherable number defeats her.
The judging criteria are usefulness, design and development, innovation, useability and this delightful example of bureacratic cool, “The vibe” or overall appeal.
Second prize was awarded to Gavin Ballard for Transportle, which he says aims to help Victorians make informed decisions about the way they get from A to B.
Going far beyond a simple mashup of raw data and a Google map, Transportle takes the end points of a user’s trip and provides a variety of alternative routes using different transport modes – car, train, tram, bus, cycling, taxi and walking. It then compares these alternatives not just by time and distance, but also in terms of financial cost, carbon emissions and health benefits.
Transportle works from your PC browser so give it a try. As you can see from the picture, getting from Preston to Ivanhoe station by public transport (purple line) is a long trip at 10.30 pm compared to car (red line) or cycling (green line).