Dear PHPMelbers, (aka hackers!) we would like to invite you to attend (and/or compete) in the upcoming nationwide GovHack event (the first of its kind in Australia!). The Age newspaper in collaboration with the University of Melbourne have sponsored the event and are hosting it at the fabulous Media House (next to SouthernX station).
We'll have over $50K worth of prizes on offer (ranging from $500 to $5,000), including the Melbourne 'Beautiful Data' prize:
We would love to see your community come along to enjoy this free event, as well as win some of the prizes (hopefully more than the other seven Australian cities competing #friendlyrivalry #melbournerules ;-)
The event launches Friday evening at 6pm, with lots of fun networking activities (have you ever experienced balloon bingo?!), and of course the announcing of all the prizes on offer <-- the Fri evening will just be about drinks, nibbles, fun and meeting like-minded good do-ers (so you don't have to compete if you don't want to, just check it out).
If you do want to compete we'll have hacking space open all day on Saturday and Sunday at MediaHouse (June 1 & 2). Contestants will need to submit a three minute video by Sunday evening to enter the competition. Last year 1/3 of the team that entered won a prize, let alone all the networking opportunities to build your community.
In short, we really hope you will come along and bring your fellow hackers!
Tickets are going very quickly so please do get people to book ASAP:
Greatly appreciated for any considerations. Please don't hesitate to email or tweet me if you have any questions: [masked] (Australian National Data Service). @DFFlanders
Hope to see you there :)