Data & Tech Mentors

GovHack is supported each year by an awesome group of mentors who volunteer to provide assistance to teams with their areas of expertise. We have mentors who provide insider advice about the data sets (Data Mentors) and others who have expertise in a wide range of technologies and skills (tech mentors).   

Official Locations will have their own local mentors available for local teams. Competitors will post questions on our Forum or twitter account and your local GovHack Mentor Liaison will connect you with the people in need. Or if you prefer competitors can contact you direct.    

Sign me up please!

To start your Mentor application or find out all the info on how you can bestow your awesomeness on GovHack in 2016, head to:

Once we have completed the online form will send you an information pack to get you started.

Data Mentors

As a Data Mentor, you can help make the GovHack competition a success through engaging with participants to promote the re-use and interpretation of your data. Data Mentors can help to incubate ideas, solve problems and answer questions.

This is a competition and it is meant to be fun, so Data Mentoring is very informal.

Competitors may ask you questions about your data so they can create the best new idea and pick your brain so they can understand and interpret your data better!!!

Good data mentors will:

  • Know your datasets and where they are hosted e.g or
  • Be prepared to provide a two minute briefing on your data if asked about your data
  • Understand the  limitations or complexity of re-using the data
  • Let competitors know if there are metadata, protocols or documentation that can help them understand the data.

Really good Data Mentors will think of challenges or problems with data to help incubate ideas. Remember the best concepts mash up data so maybe suggest some complimentary data you would use if creating something cool.

In the past we have found the best outcomes are when Data Mentors (either National or Local) attend their local event on the opening night and/or Saturday morning.  This is when ideas are forming and data is being mashed 🙂  Contact your Location for more information.

Tech Mentors

Ever been under a ton of stress or lack of sleep and just cant seem to get that thingybob working?  Welcome to the world of a GovHacker after 38 hours of coding and video creating!

If you can help with technical advice for everything from  data analytics tools,  applications for hacking,  Spatial stuff, Coding, scribing, screencasting,Storyboards, Youtube, video stuff, graphics or anything please join the volunteers as a Tech mentor.

GovHack Mentor Liaisons

GovHack will provide Mentor Liaisons on hand to help teams connect with you as data or tech mentor. During the event, we’ll be monitoring the GovHack twitter feed and email account, so if you need to connect The Mentor Liasion@GovHackAu or email

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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