Summary and Background Information

GovHack is the largest Hackathon in the Southern Hemisphere and runs 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 technology lead is in charge of developing and maintaining the essential technical systems that at a core ensure the competition weekend goes off without a hitch. Prior to, during and after the event, there are a number of important activities that need to take place within the system to make this happen.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

You will be responsible for leading a small team to ensure GovHacks systems and technology are managed and ready for the competition weekend and beyond.

  • Working closely with the Competition Leader / Team to ensure all systems are ready for the GovHack competition 
  • Lead a small team to ensure all systems are ready for the GovHack competition
  • Propose and undertake the development of further systems
  • Prior Testing of the systems to ensure effective operation and functioning


  • Strong understanding of web technologies used in GovHack systems
    • GovHack website – WordPress
    • Hackerspace website – Ruby on Rails
    • Technically skilled in Ruby on Rails, HTML, CSS, Javascript, UX and UI skills
  • Knowledge of GovHack or a similar large scale Hackathon
  • Proven personal communication skills
  • 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 updates and reporting to the rest of the team. Support for this role will be provided by 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 5 – 8 hours a week will be required.

The expected work hours during the first phase (Feb- April) of this role will be around 6 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) you will initially be ensuring the system works during the judging process before moving on to preparing for the next year and working on Hackerspace as required.

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