Data is great, but it's infinitely more powerful when distilled and given purpose than in its raw form.
Need proof? The Mix & Mash competition is brimming with creative mashups, in app, video and image form.
The second annual Great NZ Remix & Mashup, run by DigitalNZ in association, challenges people to build something completely new by reusing existing NZ digital content and data. More than 100 entrants, including an entire primary school class, vied for $50,000 in cash and prizes.
Here are a few of our favourites – see the full list of winners here.
An interactive tool that lets you say "what if" to scenarios like doubling down on agriculture, or mining the conservation estate. Definitely hits the mark on "well designed" and "insanely great".
SUPREME CREATIVE REMIX WINNER
"A Grand Mother" by Candy Elsmore
A story about a woman who helped to make a difference and a family that found out about her contribution more than 100 years later.
OUTSTANDING DATA MASHUP WINNER
A handy visualisation of NZ's music video legacy on digital turf.
OPEN GOVERNMENT WINNER
A dictionary of all terms defined in the New Zealand Acts of Parliament, plus a timeline showing the most popular terms in every decade.
SPORT AND RECREATION WINNER
Walking tours of the public sculptures of Wellington.
ANYTHING GOES REMIX WINNER
A mobile app to promote the Great Walks and to encourage more people to explore some of the best New Zealand has to offer, using a range of open content sources to present cultural, environmental and tourism information in the field. (See previous Idealog story on MyTours.)
ANYTHING GOES MASHUP WINNER
Bringing Census data alive on a map, from family makeup to income to hours worked.
A visual explanation of inflation in context, showing the relationship between the CPI weighting basket and the changes of each group.
PHOTO REMIX WINNER
A remix of 23 photos, all of them taken in the Christchurch Cathedral Square at different points in time.
DIGITAL STORY WINNER
"New Zealand" by Rita Godlevskis
A short video piece combining heritage images with photos from Rita's own experience as a newcomer to New Zealand.
LEAD JUDGE'S SPECIAL AWARD
An app to create your own public transport dashboard showing just the stops and times that matter to you.
NEWBIE MASHUP WINNER
A mobile version of the Port of Williams Maori Dictionary.