Come join us at GovHack Gold Coast where we will be hacking all weekend.

GovHack Gold Coast seeks to draw participation from anyone in the community who has an interest in unlocking the potential of data, innovation and entrepreneurism.


The Gold Coast’s reputation as a technological innovator is reinforced by Griffith University’s status as a five-year node member of the national GovHack initiative.

This event seeks to optimise publicly accessible data to improve or facilitate a societal need or want, by calling on interested individuals from within a community to develop ways which showcase the true and intrinsic value of data.

History shows Queensland boasts considerable entrepreneurial spirit within such data acquisition. During last year’s GovHack, which was contested across 40 locations involving 3000 competitors, the state developed 84 different projects, making it the most active in the country, while also securing the second-most national awards.

The Gold Coast was featured among Queensland’s 10 national winners. The ‘Search Party’ smartphone app helps co-ordinate public searches for missing people using a GPS ‘heat map’ to identify areas that haven’t been searched. The app combines missing person data from the ABC and the Australian Government with data from the Gold Coast City Council and the Queensland Government.

GovHack 2017 is your chance to not only make valuable contributions to society, but provides an avenue to conceptualise and develop your own potential start-up company.

Register now!



Name & Address:
Griffith University
Gold Coast campus
Parklands Drive Qld 4215

Griffith Business Building (G42)
Registration at G42 Room 1.04

Jolon Faichney, Lauren Holness (deputy)

The venue is the Griffith Business Building (G42) and is fully accessible via elevators. Stairs and pathways allow access to the lower floors. Current construction works affect some physical access across the campus.
If you have specific accessibility requirements please contact the organiser.
For more information about accessibiity at Griffith University please visit

Under 18:
Attendees under the age of 18 are welcome to attend but will require a parent or guardian with them at all times.


Free on-campus parking will be available for GovHack Gold Coast registrants and volunteers.
Important: Please ensure to display a temporary parking permit available from organisers.

Public transport:
The light rail G:Link stops at station 'Griffith University' directly nearby to the event venue. Buses also stop at the campus. For more information about transport options to the campus including link to online Journey Planner visit

Fully catered event (free for participants and volunteers).

Opening times:
Friday (28 July): 5:30 for 6pm - 9:00pm
Saturday (29 July): 8:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday (30 July): 8:00am - 8:00pm

This event is hosted by Griffith University, Gold Coast campus in partnership with the City of Gold Coast.