13 August 2020

GovHack 2020 challenges hackers to use open data to assist the recovery and encourage the resilience of their communities.

From 14 – 16 of August, teams of hackers in Australia and New Zealand will be participating in GovHack. In light of COVID-19, organisers have redesigned the world’s largest open data competition to enable delivery of a digital event allowing participation throughout Australia and New Zealand. 

In May, the GovHack Board of Directors and the International Operations Team made the decision to pivot to a digital event for 2020. Despite being online, we want to make sure the elements our participants love from our in-person events are present online. These include: the mixing of open government data, talking with mentors, exploring challenges and collaborating with people you know and those you’ve just met.

While this year’s event will look different to previous years, the digital platform presents many new opportunities. Hackers will get the chance to help shape and influence the way the first digital competition is delivered. They’ll also be able to provide the government with ideas and recovery concepts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, helping to drive future policy and decision-making. 

Matthew Watt, Deputy Chair of the GovHack Board of Directors says:
“Every year after the event, I set up a YouTube playlist of all the entries. Then I spend the next couple of days watching more than 12 hours of submissions. Amazing, creative and revolutionary ideas are presented all with one thing in common: ‘boring’ Open Government Data. With the events of 2020 to date, and as Government and industry adapt technologies at an incredible pace, these ideas have the potential to change the world. I can’t wait to see what our participants come up with.”

Katie Hannan, National Secretary of the Board says:
“When non-sensitive government data is unlocked and made publicly available as per the mandate in the Australian Government Public Data Policy Statement, the benefits are evident in improved government services and a positive response and engagement from citizens. There is no better time than now, amidst a global pandemic, where transparency in the form of open and FAIR* government data would advance collective response strategies to COVID-19.”

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* findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable

About us

GovHack is an international competition for people of all abilities who seek to make life better through open data. Across one weekend, thousands come together to form teams, agree projects, and participate in what has become one of the world’s largest open data competitions. 

Why GovHack matters

Formed with the objective to raise the profile of open government data, GovHack has since evolved to encompass the following objectives:

  • To provide an opportunity through open data for government, citizens and industry to collaborate, gain knowledge and develop new skills;
  • To showcase open data as a mechanism for identifying and solving deep-rooted social, economic and environmental challenges;
  • To impress upon Government the economic and societal value of quality, machine- readable, standardised open data;
  • To highlight the increasing value of open data as a tool to promote transparency, strengthen democracy, and develop trust.


We are a festival of ideas that uses open government data to make our communities better.


  • Inclusive – we’re for everyone! age-less, diverse, accessible, safe and secure
  • Free – all our events, everywhere, for everyone
  • Hackers first – we prioritise the needs of the community who are participating
  • Regional – we’re driving GovHack into regional towns for regional talent participation. GovHack is not just for cities.
  • Volunteer-driven – passionate volunteers are the change makers to bring GovHack alive
  • Transparent – accountable, published communications, timely and available release of GovHack’s own data
  • Open Access – advocate for open data, open source, shareable, adaptable
  • FAIR –  findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable

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