Developers to tackle transport data

Published Wednesday, 07 August, 2013 at 02:59 PM

Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Scott Emerson

This Saturday innovative web and software developers will take their first step in creating practical real-time Apps that will improve public transport information.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said more than 160 participants had registered with TransLink to take part in the first stage of the Premier’s Awards for Open Data workshops.  

“TransLink has a treasure trove of information, including go card passenger loading data, Trip Tracker bus data and Queensland Rail real time data,” Mr Emerson said.

“I’m excited to see what developers come up with at the data showcase this Saturday.

“This is a first-time chance for some of the brightest and sharpest minds to get together to help deliver real customer improvements to our public transport network.”

Developers could win $5,000 prize money as part of the Premier’s Awards for Open Data.

Judges will be looking for applications that offer innovative and practical ways to use or present real-time public transport, with the winners announced in November.

Mr Emerson said some smart developers were already creating apps using public transport data.

“Just this morning I attended a launch of a new alert system developed by QUT designed to warn you when your travel route is congested or if your public transport service is delayed,” he said.

“QUT described it to me as a commuter version of severe weather alert texts.

“This great example of how information released by the Newman Government’s open data strategy can be used to benefit the community.”

Registered participants will gather at Kelvin Grove on Saturday, 10 August, from 8.30 am, with the showcase finishing early afternoon.

For more information on the Premier’s Awards for Open Data, visit or register at

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