Australia’s biggest hackathon is on this month

Media release

Monday 10 July 2017

GovHack is a free, 46-hour event held at over 40 locations across Australia and New Zealand, from 28-30 July 2017.

This unique competition brings people together to sharpen their creative and entrepreneurial skills, use open data to create ideas for the common good, and discover the extraordinary things that can happen when talented, passionate people get together to make change. Thousands of open data sources are available, with data mentors lending a helping hand.

GovHack is a fun incubator event that welcomes individuals of all ages and skills: you don’t have to be a techie to be part of the action, and many award-winning teams boast competitors with a wide range of backgrounds, from high-schoolers to historians!

GovHack National Director, Richard Tubb, says, “GovHack brings together our best and brightest across Australia and New Zealand, working with government open data to innovate and create. It’s about encouraging and celebrating our technical and creative capacity, connecting citizens with government for great outcomes, and unlocking the social and economic value of open data – estimated to be worth around $25 billion a year in Australia alone.”

Big themes this year include data science, smart cities, and new applications of machine learning. Past winners have gone on to start businesses, have apps in stores, and have influenced government with what they have explored  during the competition.

Jon Cumming, Chief Digital Officer, ACT says “The example of GovHack is an example to us all within the public service.  It is time for us all to get weird with data!  Find interesting things, make insightful observations”.

Richard Tubb says, “We’re expecting up to 2,000 participants to unleash their talents on a record number of open data sets provided by government departments and agencies. Thanks to our competition sponsors, we have award categories that award cash prizes, special opportunities and more.”

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Media contact: Peter Marks