Eight weeks to GovHack and GovCamp 2013!

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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!


Register your earlybird interest for GovHack 2015


Sponsors for GovHack 2015 yet to be announced. If you'd like to sponsor GovHack 2015 please email us.

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Who’s behind GovHack?

This is a non-profit event proudly run by volunteers, and put together with support from the Australian Gov 2.0 community (#gov2au).

Sponsoring GovHack 2014

The call for 2014 sponsors is now closed. If you are interested in sponsoring next year, please contact: Pia Waugh (0400 966 453) or Sharen Scott (0417 068 875)

The GovHack Volunteers

Click through to find us on Twitter and Google+ Pia WaughGeoff Mason (G+), Gavin Tapp, Alex Sadleir, Clare Paine, Sharen Scott, Steven De Costa, Diana Ferry and Steph Mellor. A huge thank you to Richard Tubb, Jan Bryson, Tren Christiansen and to Ana and Michael from the NICTA eGov and Technology Cluster for their huge support too!
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