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Judges and Judging

With thanks to the fabulous Mix and Mash Judges

How Mix and Mash judging works:

We had up to 3 judges for each category. They are selected for their knowledge, expertise and awesomeness. Each category judge selected their top 3 entries guided by our judging criteria. Our Lead Judges then reviewed their selections and they were responsible for making the final decision on winners.

Judging Criteria:

The following criteria guided our judges’ selections:

Criteria for Data Mashups

  • Use of original materials: is this a smart use of the source material?
  • Originality: what’s new or improved about this application / interpretation?
  • Quality: is the application / interpretation well made and well thought out?
  • Usefulness: what need does this application / interpretation serve?

Criteria for Creative Remix

  • Originality: what’s new or different about this creation?
  • Use of original materials: have the source materials been used in an interesting or unexpected way?
  • Appeal: will people want to spend time with the entry?

Judges’ Biographies:

Here are details on some of the judges... awesome aren't they!

Data mashup lead judge: Nat Torkington

Nat Torkington

photo by Duncan David http://www.flickr.com/photos/x180/194575072/

Nat Torkington ran the first web server in New Zealand in 1992, for Victoria University. He spent ten years in the US from 1995-2005, where he: wrote a bestselling book on computer programming; ran conferences on topics from open source software to bioinformatics; and worked with startups and large companies in Silicon Valley.

He moved back to New Zealand and started Kiwi Foo Camp, an American-style "unconference", and Open New Zealand, which develops and hosts Internet-based civil society projects. He is a consultant on web strategy and startups. He serves on the boards of The Perl Foundation, InternetNZ, and Silverstripe.

Creative remix lead judge: Helen Baxter

Helen Baxter

Helen Baxter is Managing Directrix of Mohawk Media, an international keynote speaker, and XMedia Lab mentor. She reports on technology for the g33k show, is a judge in the NZ Yahoo!Xtra Digital Strategy Awards and a member of the Creative Commons Aotearoa (CCANZ) Advisory Panel.

Helen has been a columnist with the MsBehaviour Files for the Big Idea, and ran a digital download label for seven years, the first release being a remix of George W Bush III.


Professor Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig

Photo by Andrew McMillan

Harvard University Professor of Law Lawrence Lessig, is one of North America’s leading academics and widely known in the global Internet community as a vocal proponent of reduced legal restrictions on digital copyright, and a champion of notions of ‘fair use’ and ‘free culture’. Among his appointments, he is a founding board member of the alternative copyright licensing body – Creative Commons – and is a board member of the Software Freedom Law Center.

Mr. Lessig will judge three of the special awards: the $10,000 Award for Supreme Data Mashup, the $5000 Grand Prize for Supreme Creative Remix and the $4000 Award for Outstanding Data Mashup.

Tim O'Reilly

Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. He is an avid supporter of the free software and open source movements and sits on the board of Safari Books Online and is a partner in O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures.

Mr. O'Reilly will judge two of the special awards: the $10,000 Award for Supreme Data Mashup and the $4000 Award for Outstanding Data Mashup.

Open Government Data Mashup judge: Beth Noveck

Beth Noveck served in the White House as the United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for open government and led President Obama's Open Government Initiative. She is a law professor and founder of Do Tank, a programme for the design of law, policy, and technology to foster openness and collaboration.

Open Government Data Mashup judge: Paul de Wijze

Paul de Wijze is the Chief Information Officer of the Parliamentary Counsel Office. He leads the Access to Legislation group, responsible for among many other things, the New Zealand Legislation website.

Environment Data Mashup and Support for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Data Mashup judge: Julian Carver

Julian Carver is has extensive experience in the NZ science system, environment sector, and central and local government. He has led information system strategic plan development for a range of agencies including Landcare Research, Archives New Zealand, and the Animal Health Board. He is actively involved in a variety open government and open data initiatives.

Environment Data Mashup judge: Sue Powell

Sue Powell is the Deputy Secretary, Programmes Division at the Ministry for the Environment.

Environment Data Mashup judge: Rod Oram

Rod Oram is currently a columnist for the Sunday Star-Times; a regular broadcaster on radio and television; and a frequent public speaker on business, economics, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, in both NZ and global contexts.

Sport and Recreation Data Mashup judge: Anthony Hawkins

Anthony Hawkins is the Web Manager at SPARC.

Sport and Recreation Data Mashup judge: Dr Richard Young

Dr Richard Young manages Technology & Innovation at High Performance Sport NZ.

Sport and Recreation Data Mashup judge: Department of Conservation Team

A team from Department of Conservation will help judge the sport and recreation category.

Support for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Data Mashup judge: Fraser Graham

Fraser Graham is the Web Manager at CERA.

Support for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Data Mashup judge: Jeremy Palmer

Jeremy Palmer is the LDS Promotions Manager for LINZ.

Anything Goes Data Mashup judge: Josh Bailey

Josh Bailey photo

Josh Bailey is a cave exploring, rail-gun building, high voltage experimenter and Google software engineer from Karori.

Anything Goes Data Mashup judge: Tim McNamara

Tim McNamara is a technology analyst from Wellington. He is currently the Working Group Coordinator - Open Government for the Open Knowledge Foundation and the Conference Director for Kiwi PyCon 2011.

Anything Goes Data Mashup judge: Reuben Schwarz

Reuben Schwarz is a Product Development Analyst at Fairfax New Zealand and writes for Cool Kit, a blog that rounds up the neatest and weirdest gadgets, toys, websites and video oddstuff he can dig up on the Web.

Infographic judge: Nathan Yau

Nathan Yau photo

Nathan Yau is the author of FlowingData and a brand new book Visualize This which is a practical guide on visualization and how to approach real-world data. Nathan is also a UCLA PhD candidate in statistics with a focus in data visualization.

Infographic judge: Chris McDowall

Chris McDowall is the technical lead at Digital New Zealand where he helps make NZ content easier to find, share and use. Previously he was at an informatics researcher working at Landcare Research where he helped look after some of New Zealand's environmental datasets of national significance. He spent his days developing tools to help scientists visualise data.

Infographic judge: Colin Lynch

Colin Lynch is the Deputy Government Statistician of Macro-economic and Environmental Statistics.

Photo Remix judge: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith

Bronwyn Holloway-Smith is an interdisciplinary contemporary artist, Trustee for Enjoy Public Art Gallery, and Director of the Creative Freedom Foundation. Alongside this she works part-time at Massey University's College of Creative Arts.

Photo Remix judge: Adrian Kingston

Adrian Kingston is the Collections Information Manager, Digital Assets and Development at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. He is chiefly responsible for Te Papa's Collections Online.

Photo Remix judge: Chelfyn Baxter

Chelfyn Baxter is the Creative Director at Mohawk Media. He has been a 3D graphic artist in television, animation, games and online for over fifteen years.

Digital Story judge: Simon Morton

Simon Morton is the producer and presenter for Radio New Zealand National's weekly consumer programme "This Way Up".

Digital Story judge: Jem Yoshioka

Jem Yoshioka was the 2010 Mix and Mash winner of the Creative Commons award for supreme creative remix for her work "An Opal Dream Cave". Jem is an illustrator and works in many different media, including digital illustration, watercolour and ink work, and expanding into soft textiles like crochet.

Digital Story judge: Helen Simondson

Helen Simondson is the Screen Events manager at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

Literature judge: Pip Adam

Pip Adam gained an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction from Victoria University in 2007. Her work has appeared in Sport, Glottis, Turbine, Lumiere Reader, Hue and Cry, Landfall and Blackmail Press. Her work has also appeared in publications produced in conjunction with two exhibitions at the Wellington City Art Gallery and her reviews have appeared in Metro. She is currently working toward her PhD Creative Writing at Victoria University. Her PhD project explores how engineers describe the built environment. She is using this research to write stories about our relationships with built forms and the structures that hold them up.

Literature judge: Fergus Barrowman

Fergus Barrowman has been the Publisher of Victoria University Press, New Zealand's leading publisher of new fiction and poetry, since 1985. In 1988 he founded the literary journal Sport, which he still edits and publishes. Every few Wednesday nights he talks about jazz on Radio New Zealand National.

Literature judge: Paul Diamond

Paul Diamond Paul is an award-winning author, broadcast journalist and historian. He serves on the board of the NZ Book Council and was a judge for the 2011 New Zealand Post Book Awards.

Anything Goes Creative Remix judge: Anne Galloway

Anne Galloway is Deputy Head of the School of Architecture at Victoria University of Wellington. She is also a Senior Lecturer in the School of Design and Principal Investigator for the Design Culture Lab.

Anything Goes Creative Remix judge: Esther Goh

Esther Goh is the web editor for Idealog. She was previously Online Duty Editor and Content Manager for the NZ Herald.