GovHack 2020

We love open data!

GovHack is an international competition for people of all abilities who seek to make life better through open data.

Across one weekend, thousands come together to form teams, agree on projects, and participate in what has become the largest open data hackathon in the southern hemisphere. In 2019, there were:

  • 1000+ participants
  • 250+ projects
  • 25 locations across Australia

Formed to raise the profile of open government data, GovHack has since evolved to encompass the following objectives:

  • To provide an opportunity through open data for government, citizens and industry to collaborate, gain knowledge and develop new skills;
  • To showcase open data as a mechanism for identifying and solving deep-rooted social, economic and environmental challenges;
  • To impress upon Government the economic and societal value of quality, machine- readable, standardised open data;
  • To highlight the increasing value of open data as a tool to promote transparency, strengthen democracy, and develop trust.

Who can come?

GovHack is for everyone! All sorts of people join GovHack, including entrepreneurs, developers, data analysts, engineers, designers, digital media creators, artists, film makers, story tellers, academics, researchers, youth, and civic enthusiasts!

What can I create?

Previous years entries have included, art, jewellery, a digital sign, a board game, historic film pieces, a virtual reality game, a 3D model, a visualisation of data, an informed article, and of course some amazing web apps! The only limit is your imagination.

For more information on last year’s challenges and winners visit our events pages.

Who supports GovHack?

The events provide an opportunity for government agencies and industry to support our innovative communities through sponsorship and the release of new open government data.  It creates a supportive environment for the public sector to collaborate with entrepreneurs for great outcomes. Visit the GovHack website for a list of sponsors and supporters.

What am I competing for?

GovHack awards prizes in different categories including the best project for each challenge question.  These consist of cash prizes, special opportunities and more.  A few lucky local representatives from GovHack finalist’s teams may also receive flights and accommodation to the National GovHack Awards.

2020 Events Schedule:

GovHack Conference - 22-30 July 2020

GovHack will be running its first international and virtual conference in 2020! The conference presents a great opportunity to network and learn from industry experts, all from the comfort of your own home.  Click here for more information and to register.

Queensland Connections Event – 30 July 2020

The local GovHack team will give you an overview of the competition and answer questions. Learn more about official events in your region including youth, maker or special interest themed nodes.  Click here for more information and to register.

GovHack Hackathon – 14-16 August 2020

Stay tuned for more information on how to register or sign up to GovHack’s Hackerspace here.

Queensland State Awards Night – TBA

Stay tuned for more information on the Queensland State Awards night.

For more information on the event and how to get involved check The 2020 Competition page on GovHack’s website.