GovHack 2021

Queensland’s 2021 GovHack Challenges!

The Queensland Government is sponsoring four State GovHack challenges for 2021.

1) Queensland will host the 2032 Olympic Games in Brisbane.  Using Queensland open data, what can we do now to help the state prepare?

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  • Every four years, more than 11,000 athletes, from over 200 nations, compete in 33 different sports for medals and the title of the best in the world.
  • The Brisbane games will be the 35th summer Olympics with the last Australian event held in Sydney in 2000.
  • Preparing infrastructure, such as sporting venues, transportation and accommodation are all important.
  • How can the visitor experience be improved?
  • What can we do to ensure our athletes are prepared?

2) What can we learn from open data that will help Queenslanders grow the digital economy during the COVID-19 recovery?

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  • Many Queenslanders, and citizens across the world, have been forced into a digital transformation while navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Online services, virtual environments, data sharing and analysis have all developed significantly in recent times.
  • What can we learn from this transition to uplift digital capability and improve digital services?

3) Queensland’s historical immigration open data is hugely popular. What insights can we gain from this and other related open data?

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  • Most users of this data are interested in specific records to learn about their ancestry. Are there other interesting stories to be told more broadly within or across the dataset/s?
  • Can we compare or contrast this historical data with more modern open data relating to populations or international migration?
  • Here are some datasets to start with -

4) What can we do to minimise the number of road crashes on Queensland roads?

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  • In 2020, over 270 people tragically lost their lives on Queensland roads and thousands more were injured.
  • What can we learn from road crash data and other data, for example, police and weather data to reduce the risks for road users and motorists on Queensland roads?
  • Use data from the Queensland Open Data Portal,, to formulate your response!

What we look for in a winning project:

  • Originality and feasibility. Try to propose something useful that hasn’t been thought of before.
  • A good mix of technical data use, business analysis, communication and presentation.
  • Use of data on the Queensland Government Open Data Portal –  Feel free to mix and match with external data sources!

How to prepare your solution:

  1. Think about the challenge question and additional information.
  2. Search for data to use.  Your solution must use at least one dataset from however you can also include data from other sources.
  3. Develop a unique, creative solution to the challenge question.  Check out last year’s winners for some examples.
  4. Prepare your 3-minute video based on GovHack’s guidelines.
  5. Submit your solution including the video and a minimum viable product via the Hackerspace.
  6. Get ready for the awards night!

For more information about the event check out the GovHack website or Hackerspace.