Hackfest - GLOW Edition

The OpenAustralia Foundation is pleased to invite you to another one of our legendary hackfests. In some of our previous hackfests we've opened PlanningAlerts to over 1.8 million more Australians and brought hacks and hackers together to launch our Freedom of Information project Right To Know.

This time we're going back to the old school and will be concentrating on opening parliaments, politicians and elections. Our event is timed to coincide with the Global Legislative Openness Week (GLOW). This week sees events hosted by the Legislative Openness Working Group of the Open Government Partnership and events like ours hosted by members of the parliamentary openness community around the world.

As usual we’re inviting anyone interested in open government, not just developers, along to our event that will run on the weekend of the 20th and 21st of September 2014. Once again we’re being generously hosted by Google Sydney.

While you’re welcome to come along and work on anything you’d like, here’s some ideas to get you started:

• Sprucing up OpenAustralia.org or adding new features
• Features like expenses data for our federal politicians
• Or maybe transcribing their financial interests into a database
• Visualising party preferences
• Writing scrapers on morph.io to liberate more parliamentary data

Oh, we’ll also be providing special access to our latest project that allows you to analyse votes in our federal parliament!

This is roughly what the weekend will look like:

Saturday
10:30 - Doors open
11:00 - Introduction and talk(s)
12:30 - (Free!) Lunch, chat and meet people to work with
13:00 - People have eaten and found something and someone to work with
17:00 - Pack up and have a drink somewhere
Sunday
10:30 - Doors open and hacking starts
12:30 - Lunch
15:00 - Show and tell
16:00 - Grab another well deserved beer

We hope to see you there :)

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  • Henare D.

    Great photos from a great first day at the hackfest:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/lisacross_photo/sets/72157647393988677/

    Thanks to Lisa Cross!

    September 20

  • Henare D.

    We'll be heading to the Pyrmont Point Hotel for post hackfest drinks soon:

    https://www.google.com.au/maps/place/Pyrmont+Point+Hotel/@-33.8675895,151.1927071,18z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xc64ab1ec0ed3057

    We should be there from about 6 PM tonight (Saturday). See you there!

    September 20

  • Rosie W.

    Is it ok to get off at light rail at the Casino? I'm coming from Central otherwise I'll have to walk from Town Hall.

    September 19

    • Henare D.

      The walk from Town Hall over the Pyrmont Bridge is quite nice. You're right that Casino/The Star is the closest light rail stop.

      September 19

  • Henare D.

    Hi everyone,

    We're really looking forward to seeing you tomorrow for the hackfest.

    Apart from bringing your lovely selves and great ideas, remember to bring your preferred device and power adapter for hacking/internauting (Google will supply the WiFi). It's also a good idea to bring a water bottle that you can refill throughout the day to stay hydrated.

    If you've got any last minute thoughts or questions, let us know by posting a comment here or you can email us: [masked]

    Cheers,

    Henare

    September 19

  • Henare D.

    Hi everyone,

    For the lunch we'll be supplying we'll endeavour to cater to a range of dietary requirements. However it will help us if you could email ahead any special dietary requirements you might have: [masked]

    Thanks!

    Henare

    September 16

  • Tom W.

    Can you clarify where the hackfest is? The address given (Level 2, 1 Darling Island Rd) appears to be Fairfax, not Google.

    ps: A few weeks ago I had a look at the Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver. This is large circular parliamentary style chamber, intended to facilitate discussion, rather than adversarial debate: http://blog.tomw.net.au/2014/08/vancouver-from-17th-floor.html

    September 14

    • Henare D.

      Thanks for the question Tom. I can confirm it's in the Fairfax building - that's Google's new office. We'll have signs up downstairs on how to get access on the day.

      September 14

  • Henare D.

    Hi everyone,

    In case you didn't hear, Greg and Hannah from the Federal Parliamentary Library will be joining us for the hackfest - yay!

    They're coming along to learn how we use parliamentary information and the kinds of approaches we have to these problems. They'll also be available to help answer questions you might have about parliamentary information or processes.

    If you've got any specific questions before the hackfest it would be great if you could ask them here so they can track down the best answers for us from the people at Parliament.

    Cheers,

    Henare

    P.S. Only 11 days now :) We've got plenty of room still available so please share the event with anyone you think might be interested.

    September 9

  • Henare D.

    Here's a Google Doc I've started that has links to useful resources for the hackfest and also a list of ideas for things to work on - please add to the list!

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KT9f6ko2SdTZEQySYSXkY07d-alLi-kf_gccExh03-w/edit#

    August 13

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