Considering the events of the last 3 days, it is amazing that Brightcookie staff have all managed to turn up for work this Monday morning. A weekend of Unleashed Adelaide, topped off with the final of the World Cup at an hour when we should have all been in bed catching up on some much needed rest, has left some members of the Brightcookie team a little blurry-eyed!
Six of the Brightcookie team joined with nine other talented people from Adelaide to form the ‘Nature Ninjas’, the biggest South Australian team (and possibly the biggest team nationally), in Unleashed Adelaide, South Australia’s annual open data competition. It is part of the national GovHack competition which ran in a number of locations across the country simultaneously.
The purpose of Unleashed is to provide an opportunity for passionate developers, open data and visualisation enthusiasts, graphic designers, researchers, and anyone interested in playing with data to come together over a single weekend to create new mashups, data visualisations and apps with open data from government, research and industry.
The ‘Nature Ninjas’ consisted of Joerg Boeselt, Leanne Brookes, Sam Bywaters, Leo Gaggl, John Flackett, Brent Leideritz, David Lindley, Kristen Morgan, Rhys Moult, Katherine Nguyen, Jim Plummer, Sean Simper, Kenny Tran, Kien Vu and Catriona Ward. Amazingly, the creative collaboration between team members flowed effortlessly and we still managed to pull a smile at the end of the event!
The product of our weekend is a mobile app called ‘What Grows Here?’ which has been designed to help individuals, passionate gardeners, community groups and businesses find out what plants will best suit their space and needs.
‘What Grows Here?’ contains the detailed descriptions of over 1000 Australian Native Plants ranging from trees and shrubs to ground-covers and grasses. Users can search based botanical or commonly known names, location, plant category, height, spread, rainfall, soil texture, soil pH level, frost conditions, form, flower colour and flowering season.
In the build of ‘What Grows Here?’ we used data from the State Flora Catalogue, ‘mashed it’ up with Waite Arboretum Spatial Data and added lookups to the Atlas of Living Australia to show bird life in the area. We also included a functionality that allows the user to find and contribute tagged public images via Flickr.
‘What Grows Here?’ is already available for download through the Google Play. iOS version of ‘What Grows Here?’ is in the process and will be available very soon.
A ‘What Grows Here?’ website that contains an introductory video and educational support material.
Although we are pretty chuffed with the ‘What Grows Here?’ app, the Nature Ninjas have plans to extend it even further and have developed a road map for future enhancements to allow the user to:
- Save, retrieve and refine searches
- Create a shopping list
- Create a wish list / favourites
- Add, save and retrieve notes
- Add photos
- Share via social media
- Login via social media
- Community forum
We would also appreciate any feedback – if you find a bug or would like to submit a new feature request, please let us know by creating an issue here.
How can you support us?
So, after a weekend spent deprived of natural light, fresh air and exercise we would like your support by voting for us in the People’s Choice Awards using the star rating buttons on our project page. Any prize money that we may be fortunate enough to receive will be re-invested into the further development of ‘What grows Here?’
Download, enjoy and VOTE!