2014 Winners

Below are all the competition winners. All National winners are added and local winners are being added by local event organisers. We’ll add links to all the team pages from where you can look at their descriptions, videos and in most cases, working demos.

National Competition

Supported by the Department of Finance and Department of Communications

This is an open category to show how open government data is done It can include extensions for data.gov.au, new approaches to managing data, digitising a major piece of non machine readable government data, improved metadata search or aggregation, some form of citizen engagement with government data.

Supported by National and State Libraries Australasia, the National Archives of Australia and Ancestry

There are three 1st prizes for $2000 each and three 2nd prizes at $500 each:

Supported by Geoscience Australia and the Department of Industry

This category is about science: using awesome government data for great scientific outcomes and helping people engage in, understand and use scientific information in their everyday lives.

There are three 1st prizes for $2000 each and three 2nd prizes at $500 each:

  • Best Science Reporting.
    • No awards due to no significant use of specific data requirement.

Supported by the Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This category is about using government data for data journalism. This could include data visualisation tools, interactive websites or applications, or anything else that explains, investigates or makes more understandable the often complex array of information in government.

There are three 1st prizes for $2000 each and three 2nd prizes at $500 each:

  • Best Overall Data Journalism hack
    • 1st Prize: Project Languages of Sydney by Team The Fact Machine (Canberra) – Beautiful mashup of ABS data sets along with basic analysis over time of languages in the Sydney region.
    • 2nd Prize: Project Show the Gap by Team R3K1 (Sydney) – Nice visual stories that are personalised and shared.
    • Highly Commended – Project CancerMash by Team SilentHackers (Sydney) – Nice way to present cancer data meaningfully and in a personalised way that also assists with trends analysis.

Supported by the the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Department of Communications and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

This category is about social inclusion and using government data to help the more vulnerable members of our society through information, services or identifying trends or areas of need.

There are four 1st prizes for $2000 each and four 2nd prizes at $500 each:

  • Best Overall Social Inclusion Hack
    • 1st Prize: Project Show the Gap by Team R3K1 (Sydney) – This was a project that took one of Australia’s most important social issues and made it informative and personal for Australians in a clear and novel way. The design was simple, clean, accessible and has the scope to easily be expanded to include more data. As the presenter says in the video “it’s not a nice story, but it is an important one”, and that’s what made it the panel’s top pick.
    • 2nd Prize: Project Senior Hub by Team The DJ Team (Adelaide) – While social media sites for older Australians are certainly nothing new, the idea of combining that with open community information adds another dimension. Making open community information more accessible and combining it with a social aspect is a great step towards making sure our aging population stays informed and connected in the future.
    • Highly Commended:
      • Project Eventable by Team Rampsters (Melbourne) – Similar comments to Senior hub. The thing it lacked was that events weren’t categorised; there was no way to search for “Theatres with wheelchair access”.
      • Project Crime & Space by Team Acme Crime Lab (Perth) A novel idea. A lot of work has been done around the social and economic factors that influence crime, but seeing it visualised and actively change over time can help users to challenge those factors and discover other aspects they may not have considered.)
  • Best use of ABS.Stat (API) – Census data
    • 1st Prize: Project Who Do You Think You Are? by Team Hacker? I hardly know her (Canberra) – a mobile application that allows users to enter certain demographic information about themselves, including sex, age, income and location. The app then runs queries against the ABS.Stat API to retrieve statistics relevant to their cohort, including comparisons to national averages. Technically this was the most interesting use of the API as it generates queries on the fly, rather than harvesting data for ingestion into other systems for processing and display. This approach reflects the dynamic publishing
      model recently used for theNational Regional Profile/Data by Region Navigator released by the ABS. The Who Do You Think You Are framework is built using cross-platform QT application libraries, meaning it can be used on iOS, Android and Web based systems.
    • 2nd Prize: Project Who Is Canberra by Team Goldilocks Zone (Canberra) – an interactive web application designed to be displayed on large screens in public spaces in order to trigger discussion and awareness of the diversity of Canberra. It uses the ABS.Stat API to harvest census data, which is then processed for storage in their own database. Data is then displayed as clusters of colour coded dots, with questions posed to the user about ancestry, country of birth and language groups. Following the answer display national archive material relating to different cultural groups in Canberra is displayed.
    • Highly Commended – Project National Eyeball by Team The Kranzky Brothers (Perth) – generates heat maps to compare two selections from Census, Taxation, Hospital, and other data. ABS data has been harvested by National Eyeball and can be selected through natural language menus. The interface is quite intuitive and the heat maps make it easy to compare spatial distributions of various demographic groups, but don’t work quite as well for some data included such as average income and rental payments. For these datasets the heat map is simply of number of responses. A clearer
      focus may have resulted in a better user experience.
  • Best use ofAIHW datasets
  • Best use of National Government Spatial Information
    • 1st Prize: Project Data-by-region comparator by Team Something Spatial (Sydney) – This really is a game changer for integrating spatial and non-spatial information in open data.
    • 2nd Prize: Project Stat.Map by Team Michael de Hoog (Canberra) Fantasitic mashup of statistical and spatial data. This is a hack that could be implemented right now.
    • Highly Commended:
      • Project Shaprgram by Team roroYo (Adelaide) – Great little tool that builds on available spatial data and allows people to do queries that normally would require a GIS
      • Project Check out my Roofage: Geelong Edition by Team Yuri and the Beards (Melbourne)
      • Project City Companion by Team Elite Four

Supported by the Australian Taxation Office, the Department of Industry and the Australian Bureau of Statistics

Governments everywhere provide services and information for and about businesses. This category is about exploring new ways to support businesses by building on data and service APIs.

There are four 1st prizes for $2000 each and four 2nd prizes at $500 each:

  • Best use of Taxation data/APIs
  • Best use of an Energy Rating dataset (Industry)
    • 1st Prize – Project Energy Calculator and Comparison tool by Team Jonathan and Wai (Canberra) – A well-conceived and thoughtful design, the Energy Calculator and Comparison tool fully utilises the depth of the dataset and provides a clear value proposition for the user. The result is a relevant and important information tool, one with obvious potential for commercial application.
    • 2nd Prize: Project Toastie by Team BigDataBigDreams (Sydney) A quirky idea that uses the appliance energy dataset in an innovative and accessible way. Commended for their innovation to brings the appliance dataset to an entirely different market.
    • Highly Commended – Project Surge – Energy Search by Team Corrupt Robot Development (Canberra) – A robust variation to the appliance calculator market, well designed and constructed.
  • Best Statistical Storytelling with ABS.Stat (API)
    • 1st Prize: Project Live Labour Force by Team SoothsayRs (Sydney) – uses the R statistical language and javascript to query the Labour Force dataset on ABS.Stat and break down the drivers of change in unemployment. A Waterfall Column Chart displays movements in the unemployment rate broken down by changes in population, participation rate and total jobs numbers, to give users insight into the driving factors. The right hand pane displays either a state breakdown for individual factors, or a chart of Labour Force movement over recent periods. Live Labour Force uses the data appropriately, and clearly presents a simple story that aids statistical understanding.
    • 2nd Prize: Project Where Should I? by Team Hackwarriors (Canberra) – is an application aimed at small businesses and households allowing them to create a composite index of a number of demographic factors drawn from ABS.Stat data which is then displayed on a map. For small businesses the use case presented is to enable users to identify a market segment using household income, population density, median age and income, enabling them to better target their services. For the household sector distance to schools and hospitals can also be included to aid in choosing where to live.
    • Highly Commended – Project and Team name Insight Detectives (Sydney) – As with Where Should I?, Insight Detectives give businesses a way to identify potential market areas by mapping data from ABS.Stat. Insight Detectives provides a number of filters, including Age and Income, on which users can select the market segments which they wish to target. Insight Detectives uses the leaflet.js mapping engine with simplified ASGS boundaries, making dense urban areas somewhat blocky.

Supported by the Victorian Government.

There is one first prize of $5000 and one second prize of $2000

Supported by the National GovHack team.

Decided by popular vote (the highest total number of 4/5 star votes, received from public users that are not obvious bulk votes from Tor exit nodes or other VPN providers) there is a 1st ($2000) and 2nd ($500) prize for this category.


These awards are to recognise outstanding efforts by Government entities that have contributed to GovHack 2014.

  • Best Government Participation:
    • 1st Prize: South Australian Government for publishing hundreds of new datasets for GovHack and engaging with data custodians and developers.
    • 2nd Prize (split between):
      • The Federal Department of Communications – for substantial support of GovHack 2014.
      • The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare – for publishing new data, engaging with developers, providing support throughout the weekend and making the funniest sponsor video.
  • Highest Voted Government Data – through the GovHack 2014 DataRater
    • 1st Prize: Trove from the National Library of Australia
    • 2nd Prize: Building Permit Activity Data by the Victorian Building Authority

Local Prizes supported by the Titanium Sponsor, Mashery and the National Prize supported by NICTA

Each GovHack location will have a Local Spirit of GovHack prize of $1000 for the team that displays the greatest spirit of GovHack, aka the best “hacker” ethos. This means the team who best shared, learned and applied their skills to creatively, cleverly and collaboratively solve problems.


There are also a few prizes for particular categories of participants. Teams must self-nominate in the HackerSpace which of the following categories best describes their team. Each category has a 1st ($2000) and 2nd ($500) prize.

  • Best Entrepreneurship Teams (Supported by Telstra)
  • Best University Teams (Supported by Google and Splunk)
    • There were over 40 projects that included at least one university or TAFE student, with many standouts. The judges decided to prioritise projects that were predominantly students and it was a tough choice!
    • 1st Prize: Team Invisible Witches (Brisbane) – for their prolific work over the weekend! Seven completed, useful and beautiful hacks by one team!
    • 2nd Prize:
      • Team Fruit Toast (Adelaide) – for a beautiful visualisation of information to help other university students with their life
      • Data4Kidz (Perth) – for developing a way to engage the next generation of data scientists.
    • Highly Commended:
      • M&O (Melbourne) – for creating a beautiful and highly functional hack that tried to solve a real problem.
      • War Tapir (Adelaide) – for creating an hack that will help entrepreneurial students.
  • Best School Teams (Supported by Socrata and Amazon)
    • There were 20 projects that included at least one school student, with many standouts. The judges decided to prioritise projects that were either predominantly students standout students themselves and it was a really tough choice!
    • 1st Prize: The Code Cadets (Canberra) – not just for creating 10 hacks between them but for sharing their code, collaborating with other teams and giving constructive feedback to data custodians and organisers. The following are the standout projects from the Code Cadets that really caught our eye and imagination:
      • Project SRS: Reservation System by Team Syntax First
      • Project Push-Canberra by Team Mind the App
      • Project #What’sUp Canberra by Team Alcon United
      • Project Art Run by Team Syntax First
    • 2nd Prize:
      • Team 0x539 (Canberra) – for solving a beautiful problem that most people don’t know they have. A very thoughtful and thought provoking hack.
    • Highly Commended
      • Team Sarbii (Perth) – for significant leadership by a school student in solving a real problem. The school student also won the local Perth Promising Young Hacker award.
      • Team Disaster Area (Adelaide) – for significant leadership by a school student in solving a real problem.
  • Best Public Servant Teams (Supported by AIIA and Microsoft)
    • The public service in Australia has many clever and creative people who are driven by a sense of duty and public good. Public servants participated in 26 teams this year and this award tries to recognise the ones that meet these goals and provide an example for the broader public service.
    • 1st Prize:
      • Team Make Hack Void (Canberra) – for exemplifying a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, innovative and outcomes focused approach by public
    • 2nd Prize:
      • Just Team Kitten (Canberra) – for an engaging hack by public servants that engages the public through gaming techniques, a great lesson for the public service.
      • Team Michael de Hoog – for building a beautiful, pragmatic hack that will help non-technical users engage in discovering evidence.
    • Highly Commended:
      • Team TotesProfesh (Tasmania) – for extending the work of another department for the benefit of all.
      • Team Jonathan and Wai (Canberra) – for beautifully solving a real world problem.
      • Team Charlie’s Data Angels (Canberra) – for taking a cross agency approach to problem solving and evidence based policy!
      • Team Hakman (Adelaide) – for creating a 3D hack that is engaging and useful to the public.
      • Team A Kicking Wheel (Canberra) – for engaging with complex data from another department and making it come to life.
  • Best Professional Geek Teams (Supported by Link Digital and Thoughtworks)
    • 1st Prize: Accessibility Beacon – for an IT Professional to direct their skills to taking on accessibility in a clever, empathetic, user-centric way that could make a real difference for those with a disability.
    • 2nd Prize: Sarbii – for a group of IT professionals teaming up with and provide encouragement and overt support for students, whilst also making a beautiful, pragmatic and very professional looking hack.

Local Brisbane Competition Prizes

  • Brisbane City Council
    • $2000 cash prize: Best Use of Brisbane City Council Data
      • Empowered
    • $1500 cash prize: Best Use of Brisbane City Council Parks Data
      • Reading Parks
    • $1500 cash prize: Best Use of Brisbane City Council
      Transportation Data

      • Fixmycity
  • Queensland Government
    • $1500 cash prize: Best use of Queensland Government data
      • Socialtest (This is a Gold Coast team)
  • Griffith University
    • $1500 cash prize: Best use of open data to create public value
      • Empowered
  • CodeHeroes
    • Mentoring services to the estimated value of $3000: Best Mobile

      • Water Bottle
  • We’d also like to give a special mention to some of the younger participants this year including:
    • Kieran Mesquita, winner of the GovHack Perth Promising Young Hacker award
    • Code Cadets in Canberra
    • Zachery McDonnell from Adelaide
    • Ben Specht from Melbourne


Local Competition Prize Winners (by location)

Canberra Local Prize Winners

Perth Local Prize Winners

Unleashed South Australia Prize Winners 

Mount Gambier Unleashed Prize Winners 

Victoria Local Prize Winners


Local Spirit of GovHack Winners (by location)

Supported by Mashery!


On the Spot

A team the formed on the spot. all mixed skills and

  • newbies to hackathons including a entrepreneur who cant code, and Graphic designer
  • a coder who came last year and went solo and didn’t submit anything
  • a coder and maker who has been amazing at helping the team come together, sharing ideas and tips with other teams
  • the team have been amazing with sharing their ideas. joining others at meal breaks and all round awesomeness!


This has been an almost impossible task. As first time runners of Govhack, we have been so impressed by everyone. The Ballarat event has been marked by an unequivocal spirit of collaboration, exchange and genuine mutual support. rival team members freely waling in and out of each other’s team areas and talking about what they were doing. Naturally a little quiet and tense now but nonetheless very collegiate.

We have settled on our Spirit of Govhack local winners looking at the slightest of things to make a decision. We have split the prize between 2 teams who showed that spirit in different ways.

In no particular order:

Environmental Justice Planner

They set the tone for collaboration from the start. Were inclusive in inviting ppl in an talking to others about joining. Dave had expertise in the tree data and has readily shared that expertise during the entire comp with other competitors. When Ag Lacey and Pawel Bal had to go back to Melbourne, they didn’t hesitate to offer to work with them remotely to keep them in.

Snapshot of change

They are Melbourne based. they joined the Ballarat event and drove up Friday night after booking accommodation. Ag’s husband supposed to fly back from China on Saturday. Missed plane. Children needed to be looked after. they drove back to Melbourne on Saturday very sad. Dave and us talked to them. They decided to stay in the comp. But didn’t want to hold Dave and Brendan back so they set up their own project AND kept going remotely. Good on them.


Our choice for the Spirit of GovHack winning team is team ‘Futura

They all met each other for the first time here, one of the members volunteered as a helper: he was very shy and sat by himself for but we encouraged him to go and talk to people. He was stocking the fridge and cleaning the kitchen and struck up a conversation with some people as they came into the kitchen and they formed a team and worked on their entry until 4am, and were back again working on it this morning and today back again. They are very enthusiastic.


Canberra Spirit of Govhack award goes to the team Mind the App (Notify Canberra). They discovered some dependencies in the Mobile Canberra codebase that was blocking them (and others) using the code. Rather than giving up or changing course, they contacted the original developers, resolved the dependencies and the released a fork on Saturday to allow other competitors a shot at the same prize they were competing for.

They received the award for their work improving the codebase for future use, enabling other competitors during the event and and for their determined pursuit of the original developers on a weekend.


Tropical Tweakers. For being the most courageous hackers in Cairns and diving into the unknown. Also – they turned up.

Gold Coast

Winner: TM2ES

We’ve awarded TM2ES the Spirit of GovHack award as they have demonstrated a great attitude throughout the weekend. They began with a very well organised team with clearly defined roles. The team worked together effectively and attended the entire weekend. They have made good progress (as at 1pm!) and have shown commitment to the event by attending last year but not winning a prize and are back this year to compete again. Additionally two of their team members are from Brisbane and have decided to participate in the Gold Coast event!



This team formed on Friday evening and, with eight members, was one of the largest at Melbourne GovHack. The team includes a number of members who are at their very first hackathon and our youngest competitor, a year 11 student. Herri tackled a complex social problem of connecting people with autism to support services in their area and also considered how this information might be communicated offline, recognising the real problem posed by the digital divide.

Honourable mention: Virtual Reality Awesome

For sharing their toys! Despite the time pressures of a hackathon, this team was always happy to explain what they were doing and let everyone try out the Oculus Rift.

Mt Gambier

Joint winners:

BTB Enterprises
GYPCS Unleashed

For two very different reasons:

Team BTB – their collaboration and willingness to support others demonstrated the true spirit of what this competition is about – learning and sharing of knowledge.

GYPCS Unleashed – were off to a great start on Friday, then through sickness lost their lead team member and ended up having to rethink their direction and try and make up time. They were here for the entire event and struggled at times with the concepts but have participated and kept all of our other teams entertained!


Perth Local Prize Winners

Perth Spirit of GovHack winner is “Goldfields Through Time” for the team that most embodied the spirit of GovHack by successfully bringing together a diverse set of individuals and skills sets on a creative project.


Time Travellers Australia

They’re a team who formed on the Friday night, and they also took on two younger people and have all been working well together. They executed very well, and have been super organised. This morning they’d progressed enough to gave me a literal elevator pitch in the elevator!

The remote site Sydney Uni also got a Local Spirit of GovHack Award, for Med Money.


Team: ‘The Settlers of GovHack
This team exhibited great collaboration and cooperation, all the team members were strangers and formed the team on Friday night and put in some of the longest hours overnight and were still willing to contribute to the event by taking event photos and generally creating a positive atmosphere.

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.
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