GovHack 2016 will be on 29 - 31 July!

Make sure you subscribe to GovHack News & Informationz to find out the latest details! If you haven't already do so, don't forget to check out our GovHack 2015 - Year in Review for the inside scoop on the awesomeness that was GovHack 2015! Now in it’s 6th Year, GovHack has grown from a small data mashup event in 2009 to a huge international competition that brings over 1800 people together to innovate, collaborate and apply their creative skills to  open government data. GovHack celebrates your technical and creative capacity, opens the door to  collaboration with governments, and has helped to advance the cause of open data to drive social and economic value. Over 1800 of our best and brightest gathered at an epic 30 GovHack Locations in 2015 to  innovate, create, and compete! GovHack International, Australian and Team Prizes were announced at our 2015 Red Carpet Awards in Sydney on 5 September, 2015. Check out the Winning Teams & Prizes!   Miss the Red Carpet Awards live? Here's a recording for your viewing pleasure (animated GovHack Logo disappears after 2 minutes):
GovHack 2015 Archive
After the success of GovHack 2014, we have now gone Global!
New Zealand joins the party in 2015!
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11 Locations Across the Nation in 2014

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1300 hackers X 46 hours = 69,000 hrs

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That lead to 170 new concepts created.

GovHack is an event that draws people together to innovate with Open Government Data.The best teams have a mix of skill so we encourage every one to come along including entrepreneurs, developers, designers, digital media creators, artists, story tellers, researchers and open data enthusiasts.

A “hack” is when you take something and make it better.  So for this competition you need to take open government data and make it more useful or engaging!

GovHack runs over 46 hours starting with the competition categories announced on the Friday night of the launch. Teams then trove through the official data sets  to find new ideas or ways to reuse the data to win prizes in International, National and Local prize categories.

In 46 hours teams create a proof of concept and a video that tells the story of how the data can be reused. Many of the concepts are innovative community apps.  There are also a heap of entries that mash up data and display it in an informative visualisation or a creative artistic display. Teams work through the weekend and by Sunday 5pm you have to have submitted your team page, 3 minute video of your concept and any code/source materials.



Social Media  –  share your  GovHack experiences  via a blog, Twitter (#govhack), Flickr (tagged govhack).

Past GovHacks –Check out GovHack 2015, GovHack 2014GovHack 2013 and GovHack 2012 for competition highlights and awesome community efforts.

Who’s behind GovHack? This is a non-profit event proudly run by volunteers who form the GovHack Coordination Team. Our ongoing thanks to everyone who gets involved and makes GovHack awesome! That is, the hackers, data providers, sponsors, mentors and a special thanks to the volunteers who run Local GovHack events.
Sponsoring GovHack 2016 If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact GovHack Australia at or GovHack New Zealand at
The GovHack Global Operations Team Click through to find us on Twitter and Google+ Richard TubbJan Bryson,  Alex Sadleir, Alysha Thomas, Keith Moss,  Gavin Tapp

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