About GovHack

Save the date: 28 – 30 July 2017

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Stay tuned for the ticket announcements for the GovHack Connections Events held in each region. Connections Events provide an opportunity for you to explore ideas with data mentors, find team mates and learn more about what to expect at GovHack.  Connections Events are held 2-3 weeks prior to the Competition weekend. Check out our list of the current registered Connections events.

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If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to check out our GovHack 2016 – Year in Review for the inside scoop on the awesomeness that was GovHack 2016!

From humble beginnings in 2009, GovHack has grown from a small data mashup event to a huge international competition that brings over 3000 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 3000 of our best and brightest gathered at an epic 40 GovHack Locations in 2016 to  innovate, create, and compete! GovHack International, Australian and Team Prizes were announced at our 2016 Red Carpet Awards in Adelaide on 22 October, 2016.


The first GovHack in 2009 was a government sponsored initiative from the Gov 2.0 Taskforce run by John Allsop and Web Directions.

GovHack is now an annual volunteer run international competition and community development event, which brings together technology creatives and innovators from the private, public and government sectors with government data to explore and discover new ways to help create a better society. In 46 hours hackers form teams, identify problems to solve, build working prototypes, publish their code as open source, and make a short video showing what they did and why. Projects can include web, mobile or augmented reality applications, new analysis or even 3D printed visualisations to understand data and patterns.

Key benefits of GovHack include community building, skills and capability development, and exploring how cross sector collaboration is critical for innovation by getting government in the room with civic hackers from industry, academia and the general public. GovHack is about hacking in the positive sense, civic hacking for a better world.

Over the years GovHack has inspired governments across Australia to improve how they deliver their data, to make it easier for the public to understand how governments use revenues, and to focus more attention on delivering citizen centric services. More importantly, it has provided a sandbox to engage with the community and private sector to develop skills, capability and a new way of finding solutions.

The Story So Far

GovHack has grown from a small event in 2009, to a volunteer run and community driven annual event. In 2016 we aim to be bigger and better with more new data, more competitors and we are pleased to welcome our the New Zealand community into the GovHack Family.

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The Global Operations Team

The Global Operations Team organises the GovHack event from a whole-of-AU/NZ perspective, working closely with national government agencies to promote and enhance the support of GovHack’s civic problem solving mission.

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Red Carpet Awards

When Saturday 14 October 2017, 6-9pm Where Brisbane City Hall 64 Adelaide Street Brisbane, Queensland What’s the deal? The GovHack International Red Carpet Awards is where we recognise the best of the best from the GovHack events held throughout Australia and New Zealand in 2017. In addition to national and international team awards, we’ll also…

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