The genesis of the Growing Data Foundation began in 2014, when a team of future founding members were successful in winning two state and one national GovHack Awards: the Unleashed Premier’s Award; Building on Science, Research & Environmental Data; and the People’s Choice Award for its What Grows Here? mobile application. The prize money won through these awards was then used to fund the establishment of the Growing Data Foundation and to resource some initial events and projects.
Over the last five years, the Foundation has successfully led teams in a number of other GovHack Competitions producing a range of other technological solutions to posed problems and challenges. These include: What Lives Here? First Names Here and most recently ‘Firewater: Showing firefighters the fastest route to real-time available water’ which won five awards in the 2020 International GovHack Competition.
In 2016, the Growing Data Foundation established The Things Network (TTN) Adelaide (now called The Things Network (TTN) South Australia and facilitated the first Adelaide OpenData and IoT Meetup that now has over 900 subscribers.
The Growing Data Foundation is currently involved in a number of other LoRaWAN related projects in partnership with other government agencies and not-for-profit organisations. These include: wetland level monitoring with the Nature Trust Glenelg and an IoT project involving a group of Riverland High Schools, sponsored by the Loxton Waikerie Council.
In the future, the Growing Data Foundation is keen to significantly increase its membership and through collaborations with government agencies and other private and community-based organisations, to lead the development of a world-leading, strong and dynamic IoT ecosystem across South Australia.