Now in it’s 5th Year, GovHack has grown from a small data mashup event in 2009 to a huge international competition that brings over 1800 people together to innovate, collaborate and apply their creative skills to  open government data.  GovHack celebrates your technical and creative capacity, opens the door to  collaboration with governments, and has helped to advance the cause of open data to drive social and economic value. Over 1800 of our best and brightest gathered at an epic 30 GovHack Locations to  innovate, create, and compete!
GovHack International, Australian and Team Prizes will be announced at our Red Carpet Awards in Sydney on 5 September.
The Hacker Vote Award is now open for your Vote! Voting closes on the 2nd August.    
After the success of GovHack 2014, we have now gone Global!
New Zealand joins the party in 2015!
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11 Locations Across the Nation in 2014

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1300 hackers X 46 hours = 69,000 hrs

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That lead to 170 new concepts created.

GovHack is an event that draws people together to innovate with Open Government Data.The best teams have a mix of skill so we encourage every one to come along including entrepreneurs, developers, designers, digital media creators, artists, story tellers, researchers and open data enthusiasts.

A “hack” is when you take something and make it better.  So for this competition you need to take open government data and make it more useful or engaging!

GovHack runs over 46 hours starting with the competition categories announced on the Friday night of the launch. Teams then trove through the official data sets  to find new ideas or ways to reuse the data to win prizes in International, National and Local prize categories.

In 46 hours teams create a proof of concept and a video that tells the story of how the data can be reused. Many of the concepts are innovative community apps.  There are also a heap of entries that mash up data and display it in an informative visualisation or a creative artistic display. Teams work through the weekend and by Sunday 5pm you have to have submitted your team page, 3 minute video of your concept and any code/source materials.

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Social Media  –  share your  GovHack experiences  via a blog, Twitter (#govhack), Flickr (tagged govhack).

Past GovHacks –Check out GovHack 2014GovHack 2013 and GovHack 2012 for competition highlights and awesome community efforts.


 

GovHack Sponsors

Digital Tranformation Office
 
Telstra

Platinum Sponsors 2015

 logo_splunk_K Microsoft  HP Helion

IAG Google Ancestry

 Silver Sponsors 2015

 Amazon Web Services Acquia AIIA australian information industry association
 Computer Power  NICTA DLA Piper
 linux-australia-165x76  Link Digital Logo  ACS
 Newcast
ATO ACNC NSS ABS Logo
ABC geoscience australia  Department of Industry & Science
CSIRO AIHW  Department of Communications
 IP Australia Department of Finance  State Library of NSW & National Library of Australia
       
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 2015 A call for 2015 sponsors is now open. 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 Coordination Team Click through to find us on Twitter and Google+ Pia WaughGeoff Mason (G+), Gavin Tapp, Alex Sadleir,  Sharen Scott, Steven De Costa,  Richard Tubb, Jan Bryson, Alysha Thomas, Keith Moss, Cherie Ellis, Diana Ferry

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