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Mix'n'mash for a cocktail of digital goodness

Mix'n'mash for a cocktail of digital goodness

It doesn't seem very long ago at all since we last wrote about Mix & Mash, yet it's time to get your applications in for the great New Zealand remix and mashup competition.

The Mix & Mash competition sees individuals, teams, and organisations delving into untapped New Zealand digital data and content and presenting it to the public in a creative, user-friendly form. This is the second year the competition has run; last year produced some stunning results. The winning team designed a website that utilised DOC data to create an interactive map of New Zealand’s walking tracks, and was awarded with a $10,000 prize by InternetNZ.

This time around, it runs over six weeks from August 4 and also features a Remix section, where competitors draw on kiwi creative content (last year’s winner used the Creative Commons to source a Katherine Mansfield poem and various open
source images using visual storytelling).

Lone rangers, never fear: mixandmash.org.nz also features a matchmaking tool, so whether you’re a team stuck for an idea or you have a great concept but don’t know how to build it, you can register online to be matched up. Anyone can submit ideas to be picked up by competition entrants—currently there are suggestions for a tool to prevent people missing their flights, an application to browse Wellington’s sculptures, and one more to help drivers spot vacant parking spaces.

With ideas flying freely, Mix & Mash looks set to have a great second innings.