Eight weeks to GovHack and GovCamp 2013!

We have just opened expressions of interest for GovHack and/or GovCamp 2013!

We are working closely with teams around the country to bring GovHack to most Australian capital cities for June 1-2, so you can participate in GovHack in city near you!

By registering your interest, we will keep you up to date on the event relevant to you, as well as let you know about national announcements about the competition, developer tools, data sets and more. We are making improvements on last years developer platform and once this is ready, developers will be able to create accounts to form teams, communicate with mentors and data custodians, and most importantly, submit their projects at the end of the GovHack weekend.

NICTA, through the eGovernment Technology Cluster are our key sponsor this year, and they will be running a special GovHack Showcase a month or two after the event for winning and runner up teams to present their projects to the VC and startup sector. We are also encouraging Government agencies and departments across the country to have smaller competition prizes but to allocate some funding to be able to build upon some of the outcomes of the Hackfest.

Last year saw 150 developers across Canberra and Sydney create over 40 incredible projects. You can see the event report from last year at http://www.govcampau.org/report/#govhack including the winning projects.

This year, we are expecting around 500 developers and 200 projects across the nation. It will be an exciting event! Because of the growth, we are also stretching out the judging process, so there will be some local prizes awarded at the end of the GovHack weekend, and all the major prizes awarded later in the week at GovCamp on the 6th June, which will be livestreamed from Canberra. This gives us a chance to give all projects proper attention and scrutiny.

GovHack Goes National

Please meet the team leads for our enthusiastic official Satellite events around the country! If you have any specific questions, either put them into your expression of interest registration, or contact the team leads directly 🙂

Please note, all official Satellite location details and other specifics are being added to the website in the coming weeks. Teams will send out notifications of further details to those who register their expression of interest:

  • GovHack Canberra – Pia Waugh (govhackau at gmail.com)
  • Unleashed Adelaide – Gail Fairlamb (unleashed at sa.gov.au) – also see http://unleashedadelaide.com/
  • GovHack Sydney –  Anne Cregan (anne.cregan at intersect.org.au)
  • GovHack Tasmania –  Richard Tubb (govhacktas at gmail.com)
  • GovHack Perth – Nic Templeman (nic at communitycloud.org.au)
  • GovHack Melbourne – David Flanders (david.flanders at ands.org.au)
  • GovHack Brisbane – Ricky Robinson (ricky.robinson at nicta.com.au)
  • GovHack Gold Coast – Tanya Lipus (tlipus at goldcoast.qld.gov.au)

A huge congratulations to the Unleashed Adelaide Team who had their upcoming GovHack Satellite event announced by the South Australian Premier last week.

Say you have a few developer friends and you can’t get to one of these events, you can run your own unofficial Satellite event by registering here. Please do ensure you understand the competition rules to make sure your project is eligible for the competition.


We have had some fantastic sponsors come on board including NICTA, the eGovernment Technology Cluster, Palantir, Google, LinkDigital and Newcast. More sponsors will be announced over the coming weeks.

We still have a few opportunities for national sponsors to support Australia’s leading hackfest and open data event. There are also opportunities for sponsors to connect with local teams for in kind or smaller local sponsorship opportunities, so if you are interested in being a national or local sponsor, please check out the link below or register on the form below as a sponsor and we’ll get in touch!


Governments and Data Custodians

We have also had a dozen or so federal agencies as well as at least five state/territory and local governments getting involved this year, which is extremely exciting. We are putting information up about the agencies, data sets, developer tools and other useful information over the coming month and warmly encourage more government agencies to get in touch.

We have an agency pack available, so please register your interest as an agency below and we’ll be in touch!

Register your interest

So whether you are a developer, potential sponsor, government agency, up and coming mentor or just a curious observer, please register your expression of interest below for GovHack and/or GovCamp 2013!


GovHack Sponsors

IP Australia
IAG Google Ancestry

Platinum Sponsors 2016

Announcement coming soon

Gold Sponsors 2016


Silver Sponsors 2016

DLA Piper
Department of Finance Bureau of Meteorology
Who’s behind GovHack? This is a non-profit event proudly run by volunteers who form the GovHack Coordination Team. Our ongoing thanks to everyone who gets involved and makes GovHack awesome! That is, the hackers, data providers, sponsors, mentors and a special thanks to the volunteers who run Local GovHack events.
Sponsoring GovHack 2016 If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact GovHack Australia at sponsors@govhack.org or GovHack New Zealand at sponsors@hacknz.org.
The GovHack Global Operations Team Click through to find us on Twitter and Google+ Richard TubbJan Bryson,  Alex Sadleir, Alysha Thomas, Keith Moss,  Gavin Tapp

Privacy Statement/Disclaimer
GovHack is run under the auspices of Linux Australia.