GovHack 2013 has been scheduled for June[masked] and will include a number of locations around Australia with participation from federal, state and local governments. The competition will include national and local prizes and is a great way for Aussie developers to strut their stuff with government data. By also combining user experience and service design with hacking and GovCamp, the 2013 GovHack will be bigger and better than ever.
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We are expecting several hundred projects from the 2013 competition, so local prizes will be given out on the weekend, the national finalists will be voted on after GovHack and national prizes presented at GovCamp 2013, Thursday the 6th June.
Pia Waugh, event organiser says “since last years hack several new events have started. This is great to see as there is so much untapped talent in this country! GovHack is focused on clever ways to use government data, to improve our democracy and find better ways of doing government services. But there are many domains that can benefit from this approach”.
“We are aiming to provide opportunities for all of Australia to get involved. We are upping the prize money, getting more Australian governments involved, providing greater followup of teams, and developing a new team hacker portal for competitors to get better exposure for their entries” Pia said.
GovHack 2012 hosted across Canberra and Sydney saw 150 competitors come together for 48 hours to produce applications, visualisations, web interfaces, and even jewellery using government data as a base.
“GovHack is a fantastic opportunity for our students to practically apply the programming skills they are learning towards real datasets. We’re looking forward to bringing even more teams from Canberra Grammar School to GovHack 2013”.
Matthew Purcell, Code Cadets Coordinator, Canberra Grammar School
The competition awarded $45,000 in prize money and had support from six Federal Government departments and the ACT Government, and drew the support from several major sponsors. A report of the 2012 event, including the GovHack winners and GovCamp content is available at http://www.govcampau.org/report/