Competition to transform the city of Parramatta now open

Technology and software developers are being called on to transform the western Sydney suburb of Parramatta to enhance its global appeal.

The ParraConnect Technology Challenge, organised by the University of Western Sydney (UWS) and supported by Parramatta City Council, is open to high schoolers, tertiary students and the general public for ideas on improving business, communication services , education, and health.

Entrants are required to submit a short, three to five minute video and two-page description of their idea to apply a technology or creative software design solution to a challenge faced by modern urban communities.

"The solution could be an app for a smart phone, a program for business computers or creative software for the home computer #8212; the options are endless," said Dr Joanne Curry, senior lecturer in health informatics from UWS School of Computing and Mathematics, in a statement.

The themes for the competition are:

  • One-stop-shop for information
  • Growing the economy
  • Enhancing public spaces
  • Education revolution
  • Improving public safety
  • Creating superior health facilities
  • Encouraging sustainable practices
  • Embracing multiculturalism
  • Improving transportation and parking
  • Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Councillor John Chedid, said the tech challenge could bring benefits to the local community.

    "Parramatta City Council has already delivered numerous initiatives, such as the introduction of free wireless internet access at our libraries, online applications and wireless, solar-powered CCTV cameras, and we'll continue to work with relevant stakeholders to ensure we're at the forefront of digital technology,” he said in a statement.

    All entries must be received by 31 October, 2011 and winners will be announced in December.

    Prizes include cash, software, computer games and a business start-up advisory session for a winning team to further develop their idea.

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