Summary and Background Information

Our Event Hosts are the on-the-ground people that make GovHack happen. Traditionally, they organised physical events, catering and local sponsorship.

This year, with our digital competition, the role has changed – with the physicality removed, our event hosts are now Online Facilitators / MCs of local GovHack events.

You will still be facilitating the event- bringing together hackers in your region, assisting competitors and mentors/ sponsors in your event. 

In some regions, where there would typically be multiple event hosts across a geographical area, these hosts may work together to help form a larger digital GovHack event. For example, South-East Queensland could consist of Brisbane, Gold Coast and Ipswich events. Far-North Queensland could be Townsville, Mackay, Cairns. 


As an Online Event Host you will be

  • Working with your Regional Director to facilitate local sponsorship
  • Work with your Region Team and GovHacks’ support teams to facilitate team formation and building
  • Work with your co-Event Hosts in the region to develop a roster of online support, during the GovHack competition weekend
  • Engage with participants during the GovHack Region Connections Event
  • Provide direction to find technical support and other support to competitors, during the competition weekend. Training will be provided by the GovHack Technology team for this

Essential experience & skills for 2020

  • Facilitation & Leadership Experience- you must be able to delegate, be confident in pointing people in the right direction and demonstrate problem-solving skills
  • Great Communicator- we want someone to excite participants
  • Energetic, fun and adaptable! We need you to direct and lead with confidence and flair! 
  • Strong experience / skills in working remotely through text and video conferencing platforms (Slack, Zoom etc) 
  • An interest in Hackathons or a passion for GovHack
  • Ability to work under pressure and to set deadlines 
  • Reliable – your team will be dependent on you

Time Commitment

It is anticipated that a minimum of 25 hours work will be required, spread across the lead-up to the govhack competition. In addition to that: 
(Late July) Region 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 and is organised by Region Directors). It would be highly preferable if you are available during your region connections event. 

(14 – 16 August) Competition Weekend – to coordinate and manage setup and delivery of your local event. You do not need to be available for the entire 46 hours, a minimum of 12 hours availability during this time is preferred*. Availability should be discussed with your team and Region Director to ensure coverage between 8AM – 10PM local time.
*Subject to local requirements. 

Following the competition weekend, we expect approximately 5 hours post-event. 


Volunteer Benefits

  • Opportunity to network and experience working with other motivated and inspiring people across New Zealand and Australia
  • Help shape and influence the way GovHack delivers its very first digital version of the competition 
  • Significant exposure to relevant industry professionals
  • Work experience in team management, event management and digital hackathon production
  • Acknowledgements that you helped deliver the largest hackathon in the Southern Hemisphere