Australia’s largest hackathon begins on Friday

Media Release – 24 July 2017

On Friday evening, 28 July, 2017, Australia’s largest and most geographically distributed hackathon – GovHack will kick off for a weekend of creative innovation using open government data.

For the first time this year there are locations in every state and territory.

Adelaide, Albany, Alice Springs, Ballarat, Brimbank, Brisbane, Broken Hill, Canberra, Casey, Darwin, Gold Coast, Hobart, Ipswitch, Karratha, Latrobe Valley, Launceston, Logan, Melbourne, Mount Gambier, Parramatta, Perth, Playford, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Toowoomba, Wyndham.

Other teams will be working remotely relying on modern cloud collaboration tools.

Last year we saw the rise of machine learning and augmented reality, this year we have the first “ambient” computing devices available in Australia in the form of Amazon Alexa and Google Home – no one knows how this new form of interaction might be used.

There are thousands of government data sets available via http://data.gov.au and to get an idea of what last year’s entrants came up with browse the project list at https://2016.hackerspace.govhack.org/projects

Past participant Fiona Tweedie’s career and life were changed through involvement in GovHack. “My degree is in history and working in policy but [GovHack] gave me the confidence to engage much more with the technology and so I took a job at the University of Melbourne and started teaching coding to researchers while teaching myself on the sly”. Fiona is now at Deloitte in the data practice and says “I actually met my partner at GovHack!”.

Media opportunities

Friday night opening events from 6pm at locations around Australia. See http://govhack.org/ and click on the state or territory button for details.

The Sydney event at Fishburners in Ultimo will be opened by Matt Kean, the NSW Minister for Innovation and better regulation.

Over the weekend you’re welcome to visit for interviews, TV and photographs. There will be enthusiastic teams working to build on amazing data.

A great example is new data from the latest Census which, while not so smooth on the night, produced the most accurate profile of Australia to date.

Contact media@govhack.org for more information.