GovHack Gold Coast

GovHack 2014 has been scheduled for 11-13 July 2014 and will include a number of locations around Australia, including the Gold Coast! The competition will include national and local prizes and is a great way for local developers to strut their stuff with government data. By combining user experience and service design with hacking the 2014 GovHack will be bigger and better than ever.

The Gold Coast satellite event will be coordinated by Griffith University and is sponsored by City of Gold Coast.

GovHack Gold Coast needs all kinds of hackers, coders, user experience, mobile, story tellers, artists, so make sure you help us get the word out there and register!


Location of GovHack Gold Coast | G23 Multimedia Building, Griffith University – Gold Coast Campus, Parklands Drive, Southport.

Room locations G23_1.14 + 1.18 + 1.19

Friday 11 July Run Sheet

18:00 Participant arrival – dinner drinks provided upon arrival and available through the evening

18:45 Welcome to GovHack

18:55 Cath Drinkwater (City of Gold Coast) and Roy Tan (Datacom) – The evolution of customer service and open data

19:20 Nathan Challan – winner 2013 GovHack

19:30 Livestream from Canberra/Sydney commences: welcome to country, the timing (team rego, when comp closes), rules, where to get help (online and mentors), judging criteria, announce the competition goals, competition details go up on the website and developers begin

19:45 Let the games begin!

Sunday 13 July
17:30 Competition Closes
18:00 Live stream to Canberra
18:30 Gold Coast team presentations, judging and announcement of winners
20:00 Close
 ** Dinner, breakfasts and lunches are included over the entire weekend

Parking is easy at Griffith University! Print our your Eventbrite registration and place it on your dashboard for FREE parking in any of the general parking locations across the university. Best parking would be in General Parking area G – just behing G13 – check out the map below


G23 - GovHack G13 - Parking

G23 – GovHack
G13 – Parking



Gold Coast data is located on


We have secured a number of fantastic mentors with a range of experience including marketing, lean startup, data experts and more. They will be available mostly on the Saturday morning and be roaming the hallways of Building G.23.We will also have a few 15 minute express mentor sessions which will provide valuable insight in further developing your concept.

Michael Murtagh – Wavebreak International
Sonja Ceri – Media BootCamp
Kristyn Miller – City of Gold Coast
David Ives – Avtec
David Masefield – Toowoomba Startup
Vitor Bottazzi – Griffith Phd

Express Mentor Sessions – no need to book, just come up and grab some sustenance (coffee) and listen to a few of the mentors go into more details about their expertise.

Sonja Ceri from Media Bootcamp | Saturday 12 July @ 9.30am
Topic: SOCIAL HEAT: How to generate ‘talkability’ around your brand on and offline

  • Give people a reason to talk about your brand
  • Create ‘talkable differences’ that separate your brand from pack
  • Why helping people is a more effective marketing strategy than simply pushing your brand.

Sonja_biz_cards_360x360Sonja calls herself a storyteller, because that’s easier than listing writer, digital marketer, journalist, copywriter, social media consultant, workshop trainer, event speaker and opinionated blogger. Sonja is the CEO of Media Bootcamp, a digital marketing agency assisting business owners in the creation and execution of an integrated online strategy. Sonja has been a professional journalist covering economics, geography and arts in Europe for ten years before she got actively involved in the marketing industry.
As a free spirit by nature, an entrepreneur by heart and a creative mind Sonja is eager to put her experience, innovative ideas and keen sense of “what works,” to work for you!


Vitor Bottazzi |Griffith University | Saturday 12 July @ 10am
Topic: Agility: Be prepared to quickly adapt to changes

  • Plan your tasks’ execution
  • Maintain a steady pace
  • Enhance your communication channels

VitorBottazziVitor worked in many software development projects internationally for engineering, stock market and research. During his enterprise inside London Stock Exchange Group in 2008, Vitor had a good exposure to end-to-end Agile environment while working with a team of 30+ professionals simultaneously including business analysts, developers and software architects. He is an Agile evangelist and also a martial arts teacher.

Vitor is currently at his last year of PhD in computer vision at Griffith University and he is also the Founder of Greengold Art & Sport Culture, an experimental company which supports early educations with coding and creative activities.


City of Gold Coast Data Mentor | Kristyn will be floating around Griffith over the weekend – if you need help with data, Kristyn’s your gal!

WP_20140707_018Kristyn currently works in the Information Services branch at the City of Gold Coast and, in a moment of weakness, volunteered to lead the charge in maturing the City’s approach to open data. She is actually a Criminologist by training and has a background in law enforcement and public protection, but through a series of roles she likes to think of as a career path, has ended up as an Enterprise Architect. She spent 10 years working in a range of frontline and strategy roles in the UK Home Office and it was while there that she developed an appreciation for open data and the benefits of community and government collaboration. In addition to other things, she has spent the last 12 months exploring the data environment of the City of Gold Coast, identifying data that suitable for publishing openly and softening data custodians to the idea that their data should be ‘out there’. She is most definitely an expert in the barriers to open data



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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)

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