Summary and Background Information

GovHack is the largest Hackathon in the Southern Hemisphere and organised 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.

Volunteering with GovHack builds new skills, expands your knowledge and develops amazing relationships. It provides you with an opportunity to be recognised as a leader of community engagement and event management in your area. You will meet awesome people and be exposed to new opportunities that could assist you in your professional career.

As an Event Host

Our expectation is that you be yourself, be awesome! We want the very best person who can run a successful GovHack Event and successfully lead a GovHack Event Team. It will be up to you hunt down amazing volunteers to assist you as members of your local GovHack Event Team. (We’ll help you too!). You will be securing a venue, sponsorship, engaging local community organisations, reporting and recording the entire process, working within the allocated budget to ensure your event comes to life! It sounds like a lot but you will be assisted by your team as well as the NZ and International Operations team. 

Essential experience & skills

  • Event Management/ Community Engagement experience (or similar)
  • An interest in Hackathons or a passion for GovHack
  • Strong Leadership Skills
  • A team player- not afraid to delegate but also ask for help when required
  • Ability to work under pressure and to set deadlines 
  • Reliable – your team will be dependent on you
  • Strong Communication Skills
  • Energetic, fun and adaptable! We need you to direct and lead your team with confidence 

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 5 – 8 hours a week will be required.

The first phase of the role will involve recruiting your local team, getting yourself ready for the year and familiarising with GovHack processes (March-April). It is then expected you will have regular meetings with the NZ team to be guided through the great systems that are in place to assist in delivering a successful hackathon. The busiest period (April – Aug) involves planning and delivering your local events (see below), and promoting GovHack.

Connections– Normally a month prior to the competition weekend, provides an introduction to the sponsors for the coming competition and the data sets available. This is great for explaining how the hackathon works and the systems that make it easy for organisers and competitors. (This might be via a Zoom presentation or a live function).

Competition Weekend – coordinate and manage setup and delivery of your local event from the Friday 14th Aug to Sunday 16th Aug

Volunteer Benefits

  • Opportunity to network and experience working with other motivated and inspiring people across New Zealand and Australia
  • Significant exposure to relevant industry professionals
  • Work experience in team management, event management and volunteer coordination for your resume 
  • Acknowledgements that you helped deliver the largest hackathon in the Southern Hemisphere

Please email nz@govhack.or if you want to find out more information or to apply.