Types of events

Official Event

A GovHack official event is a primary event with a larger venue capacity. Everyone is welcome to register for a ticket to an official event (and form your teams later). If you love a buzzing atmosphere, are interested in exploring a broad range of ideas, and want to meet as many people as possible, then registering for an official event is ideal for you.

Official events are fully catered for our competitors. Competitors under 18 are welcome but must be supervised by a parent for the duration of the event.

Check out a map of all our event locations!

Theme Node event

A GovHack theme node is a smaller event, and your hacking will be focused on a particular theme – such as Camperdown’s games for disability theme, Tyro’s fintech theme, Canberra’s Heritage Hack theme, Wyndham’s transport theme, or Melbourne MapSpace’s spatial data theme.

At a theme node, you’ll find a passionate community and dedicated mentors. Competitors under 18 are welcome but must be supervised by a parent for the duration of the event.

Youth Node event

A GovHack youth node specially caters for those under 18 to participate in GovHack. We encourage high school and primary school students to get involved with technology and data and hack together something awesome using classroom-learnt or self-taught skills.

Our youth node hosts will be supervised by adult hosts who are cleared under state requirements for working with children.

Node event

GovHack is not just about software! At GovHack maker nodes, we encourage artists, designers, artisans, and craftspeople to make a creation based on or inspired by open data. If you are a “maker”, we welcome you to join one of our maker node events. Competitors under 18 are welcome but must be supervised by a parent for the duration of the event.