GovHack 2013 Goes National

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GovHack 2013 has been scheduled for June 1-2 2013 and will include a number of locations around Australia with participation from federal, state and local governments. The competition will include national and local prizes and is a great way for Aussie developers to strut their stuff with government data. By also combining user experience and service design with hacking and GovCamp, the 2013 GovHack will be bigger and better than ever.

We are expecting several hundred projects from the 2013 competition, so local prizes will be given out on the weekend, the national finalists will be voted on after GovHack and national prizes presented at GovCamp 2013, Thursday the 6th June.

Pia Waugh, event organiser says “since last years hack several new events have started. This is great to see as there is so much untapped talent in this country! GovHack is focused on clever ways to use government data, to improve our democracy and find better ways of doing government services. But there are many domains that can benefit from this approach”.

“We are aiming to provide opportunities for all of Australia to get involved. We are upping the prize money, getting more Australian governments involved, providing greater followup of teams, and developing a new team hacker portal for competitors to get better exposure for their entries” Pia said.

GovHack 2012 hosted across Canberra and Sydney saw 150 competitors come together for 48 hours to produce applications, visualisations, web interfaces, and even jewellery using government data as a base.

“GovHack is a fantastic opportunity for our students to practically apply the programming skills they are learning towards real datasets. We’re looking forward to bringing even more teams from Canberra Grammar School to GovHack 2013”.
Matthew Purcell, Code Cadets Coordinator, Canberra Grammar School

The competition awarded $45,000 in prize money and had support from six Federal Government departments and the ACT Government, and drew the support from several major sponsors. A report of the 2012 event, including the GovHack winners and GovCamp content is available at http://www.govcampau.org/report/

“As a sponsor of GovHack 2012 Link Digital was able to gain great brand exposure in association with a fantastically successful and widely promoted event. Additionally, through mentoring and getting directly involved over the 48 hours of the competition we met dedicated and talented people and formed many highly valued relationships. GovHack was our most effective sponsorship activity of 2012 and we’re investing even more in 2013.”
Steven De Costa, Executive Director, Link Digital

The feedback from GovHack 2012 was very positive, survey results are available at www.GovHack.org/2012_Survey. 2012 participants who have not yet responded to the survey are invited to provide feedback to make next years event better. Teams from GovHack 2012 are also being followed up about the progress of their projects and what could be done to improve longevity of outcomes for 2013. The online survey can be taken at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9B2ZBGX

“The energy, ideas and talent coming out of GovHack 2012 were extraordinary. Any lingering doubt I had about the value of Gov – Community co-production was blown away.”
Michael Chisnall, Executive Director, Government Information Office | Chief Minister and Cabinet | ACT Government

Government departments and sponsors are being approached, including our valuable supporters from 2012, and will be briefed on how they can participate and on how they can get the most out of competition. Information about prize categories and prize money will be available early 2013.Media, sponsor and government enquiries can be made to the GovHack team via www.GovHack.org

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