GovHack turns ten- a look back
22 January 2019- In 2019, GovHack turns ten. To mark this milestone, we look back a decade to see how GovHack got started and reflect on how things have changed. We spoke with one of the organisers, John Allsopp of Web Directions….CONTINUE READING


Most remote GovHack: Albany WA
5 December 2018- GovHack runs in locations around Australia. As well as capital cities there are many events in regional Australia. Perhaps the most remote location this year was Albany, Western Australia which is at the most southern tip of WA, right on the Southern Ocean….CONTINUE READING


GovHack Parramatta saved at the very last minute 
12 September 2018- We spoke to Dean Cvetkoski, CEO and Founder of Vesuvio, who came through at the very last minute as the Event Host for GovHack Liverpool. Read more about how he managed to get the whole event up and running in less time than the competition itself!… CONTINUE READING


We sit down with the Australian Financial Security Authority
4 September 2018- We spoke with River Paul, Chief Economist and Statistician at the Australian Financial Security Authority.The Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA) is responsible for administrating and regulating personal insolvency and personal property securities regimes. There are several types of personal insolvency but the one most people are familiar with is bankruptcy. AFSA is Australia’s largest trustee of bankruptcy, there is also a private practitioner which they regulate… CONTINUE READING


Innovation & Entrepreneurship at UTS
24 August, 2018- The University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) is a GovHack sponsor this year and to find out more about their entrepreneurship program we spoke with Margaret Petty – Executive Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UTS… CONTINUE READING


DTA loves GovHack!
24 August, 2018- GovHack is delighted to include The Digital Transformation Agency as a spons
or this year and we sat down with them for a chat about what they do, how they’ll affect us all and why GovHack is such a good match for them. The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) aims to improve people’s experience of government services. It does this by helping agencies move more services online, improving the skills in government, and aiming for the best value for money… CONTINUE READING


Talking trends, Hackathons and IT with Infosys

7 August, 2018- I spoke with Ashok Mysore, Vice President and Regional Head for Delivery & Operations for the Australia & NZ region. Infosys is a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting. Infosys operates in 45 countries and navigates their clients through the digital transformation journey. Infosys is headquartered in Bangalore, India… CONTINUE READING


The State of Democracy
July 19, 2018- The Australian survey on same sex marriage is a rare success among many examples of contemporary failures in democracy including arguably Brexit and Trump. A Vivid Ideas event titled “Evolving Democracy” was held in Sydney on June 16 2018 and was attended by 90 of us who are concerned about the state of democracy…. CONTINUE READING


Are the new talking home cylinders safe?

June 21, 2018- “Hey Google, set an egg timer for three minutes”. This kind of request, spoken casually in the kitchen, has quickly become normal in our home. How did we so quickly accept the idea of having a live microphone connected to the internet in our homes and what are the dangers?…. CONTINUE READING


What does GDPR mean for Australians? 
June 1, 2018- While not a part of the European Union, except perhaps for the Eurovision Song Contest, Australians are feeling the effects of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which came in to effect on 25th May 2018…. CONTINUE READING


Big News and a Big Date Change!
March 23, 2018  So many new ideas have been put forward for GovHack 2018 that we need to push back the date to squeeze them all in! The new date is 7-9 September 2018. Hope this doesn’t cause any problems but if it does, let us know, and we will try and factor in ways that you can … CONTINUE READING


What’s happening with Govhack?
February 18, 2018  It may seem like Govhack is asleep at the moment – that is how we tend to look around this time of year. But for some of us – this is far from accurate. This post is a collection of some of the things that have been happening behind the scenes over the last few … CONTINUE READING


State awards August 12, 2017
And the winners are… After all the hard work and amazing projects happening right across the countries on GovHack weekend, it’s time to celebrate the winning teams at our state and territory awards nights. Help us to say “well done” by heading along and cheering on our amazing competitors. South Australia The Open State … CONTINUE READING


What is a hackathon?
Picture a busy room with small teams hard at work in clusters throughout the space. There’s intense concentration, fierce but friendly debate, and decisions being made. Above it all… CONTINUE READING


How to win a hackathon?
In a hackathon, a group comes together with a shared goal to build something, or solve a problem within a fixed time period that can then be demonstrated typically with a minimal viable product. Here’s 7 themes we see from winning teams… CONTINUE READING


Why a hackathon is an important experience for your staff
Startups generate many ideas but finding those that can be practically executed requires quick prototypes. A great way to flex the team’s ‘minimum viable product’ muscles is to participate in a hackathon. There are valuable… CONTINUE READING


Hacking big data – there’s never been a better time
There has never been a better time to work in data analysis. While the term “data science” has been around since the 1960s, it’s only in the last ten years that the job of “data scientist” has emerged as “The sexiest job of the 21st Century” according to the Harvard Business Review. All of our major universities… CONTINUE READING