Brisbane saw an awesome night last Friday; inviting teams from all over Queensland to present the State GovHack Awards. Earlier this year, the founding members of Griffith Innovate came together to develop Touralytics. The evening was filled with excited participants sharing their experiences from GovHack with each other and discussing future plans to grow their initial concepts into commercially stable products. Touralytics took away the Best Queensland-Oriented Business Related Application Award along with an Honourable Mention for the Category of Data Show Off.
In robot related news, a visiting professor is giving a seminar on the topic of designing control systems for robots that is open for everyone to attend. Professor Cezary Zielinski of Warsaw University of Technology will be giving his talk entitled "A Systemmatic Method of Designing Robot Control Systems". This talk was given at Nathan Campus last week, but was so popular it has been repeated for us on the Gold Coast.
Friday 3pm, Cailen and I had a discussion regarding the difficulties around obtaining an API key for Instagram and whether it was possible to work around the restrictions. On a whim, I decided to have a look and try and scrape the information which proved to be easy enough. After talking about whether the information would be useful for the Big Data group, we realised that it might be fairly easy to develop a scraper to store all the data. We also remembered that GovHack was starting in 2hrs and so, our entry was formed.