Summary and Background Information

GovHack is the largest Hackathon in the Southern Hemisphere and run almost entirely by volunteers across Australia and New Zealand. It has been operating for ten years and brings together people from all walks of life, to deliver solutions to community issues by hacking, mashing and remodelling Government Open Data.

The GovHack Competition Team Lead ensures the competition is a fair process for all competitors and meets policy decisions made. They are involved in ensuring a fair and equitable competition, with relevant themes.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

As the team leader you will be responsible for managing a small team to assist you in carrying out the following tasks, in conjunction with the Operations Lead:

  • Planning and coordinating the GovHack competition in 2020 (14 – 16 August)
  • Provide insights and new ideas for the 2020 competition
  • Managing the set up of the Competition Framework and Judging systems
  • Liasing with the Technology Leader / Team to 
    • ensure all systems are ready for the GovHack competition 
    • Liaise with the hackerspace development team to ensure the competition elements are implemented and tested to meet the needs of hackers and judges.
    • Ensure all infrastructure and objectives of the competition are met.
    • Test all systems and ensure they’re ready during the setup phase, competition phase and judging phase.


  • Proven personal communication skills
  • Competition management experience
  • Past GovHack or a similar large scale Hackathon experience 
  • Proven time management skills
  • Proven Leadership or management experience
  • Previous experience using the Google Suite
  • You will be required to attend our weekly video conferences (Thursday 6.30PM EDST).

Support and Supervision

This role will be a part of the International Operations Team and will be responsible for providing progress updates and representing their team and activity. You will work closely with the Operations Lead.

Time Commitment

The time commitment required over the duration of the year will differ greatly depending on the phase of the project, however it is anticipated that a minimum of 8-10hours a week will be required.

The expected work hours during the first phase (Feb- April) of this role will be around 5 hours/ week, as you begin planning your approach and setting up systems. In preparation for the competition weekend (August) you will be expected to work around 8-10 hours during the second phase (May – August). During the third phase (Sep – Dec) the hours required with decrease as you will be assiting with judging and preparing for the next year. 

The expected work hours during the first phase (Feb- April) of this role will be around 5 hours, as you begin setting up systems, planning your approach and approaching data organisations. Providing support to sponsors and working on the database will take up more time during the second phase (April – August), with around 8 hours/ week expected. After the GovHack weekend (August), you will primarily work on GovHack internal data systems and projections for the next year (Sep – Dec). 

Volunteer Benefits

  • Opportunity to network and experience working with motivated and inspiring people
  • Acknowledgements that you helped deliver the largest hackathon in the Southern Hemisphere

A reference can be provided upon completion of a year of volunteering with GovHack