App developers from across the state converged on the Museum of Sydney to showcase their talents in the finals of the apps4nsw competition.
The finalists were required to pitch their app idea to the judging panel, which comprised of industry and agency staff.
Entrants were required to meet the following criteria: address the challenge, customer desirability, proven solution development capability, technical feasibility and business viability.
A total of 13 entries were shortlisted across three categories. The winners for each category were; NSW State Records – Towns Through Times by Appiwork; Education and Communities – The School Bell by Geddup; and Young Carers – WeCare by InductOnline.
A People’s Choice Award was also presented as a result of voting at the event, with a $500 voucher presented to InductOnline.
NSW disability services minister, John Ajaka, said the winning Young Carers app would help connect 105,000 young carers across NSW to self-identify and connect with support and services.
“We worked closely with a number of entrants to develop an app that will encourage young carers to get the support that is right for them, when they need it,” he said.
“The apps4nsw competition has provided a great outcome for the many children and young people out there providing unpaid care to there their loved ones.”
NSW finance and services minister, Dominic Perrottet, congratulated the winners of the latest apps4nsw competition, with three entrants receiving $15,000 to assist in the development and delivery of three new apps.
“This initiative continues to be hugely successful and has led to apps that have made it so much easier for people to access government services,” he said.
“This is all about unleashing the creativity and skills of private sector entrepreneurs to solve public sector problems.”
“A wealth of talent and imagination has emerged in the latest round of the competition and I look forward to seeing the winning entries come to fruition in 2015.”