The West in global app development final

The West in global app development final

A team from The West Australian has won Australia’s first Editors Lab Hackathon in Sydney, and will represent Australia in the global final later this year.

The two-day event attracted journalists, designers and developers from Seven West Media, News Corp, Fairfax Media, The Guardian Australia, ABC, SBS and leading journalism universities.

The teams competed to create a prototype in the theme of “data-driven stories”. Teams were asked to devise practical apps that use advanced computer technology to locate and interpret data to deliver news to consumers.

Organised by the Global Editors Network and Walkley Foundation, The West Australian’s team of assistant editor Ben Martin, digital development head Joe Hardy and web designer and developer Sophia Lewis, created BEAT – an interactive map that draws on the WA Police MatCAD system to display police incidents in real time.

The team won an all-expense paid trip to Vienna to represent the Australian digital news industry at the global final.

The West Australian’s head of digital Dan Stinton said that win was a great example of what can be achieved when editorial and development worked together.

“It bodes well for our digital plans for the year ahead.”

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