GovHack means spinning up some creative ideas for using Government Data and then prototyping something tangible within 46 hours with a team of interesting people.
GovHack is a weekend event where across Australia and NZ a large number of people attempt to do something interesting with Government Data. In 46 hours teams identify problems to solve, build prototypes, publish their code as open source, and make a short video showing what they did and why.
We have been involved in this event since 2015.
Teams benefit from a mix of skills. From coders, developers, communicators, analysts, visual media to marketing and business skills. We really don’t know what is needed until we spin up the ideas. In the past events I have been involved in, everyone has fitted in somewhere. There are some who take minor roles, coming and going over the weekend, and there are some who needed encouragement to sleep, they are so on fire.
The biggest reason is that it is FUN, really STIMULATING and you will meet INTERESTING people.
also… we can get a chance to do something GOOD, something FAST and sometimes even something useful with government data (that you normally don’t play with).
The outcome might lead to real world useful tools or even a commercial product (see the winning entries as examples in the link above).
It promotes the better use of Government Data.
Ideally we will get together next week before the event and start kicking around ideas. It can help with jumping in and getting going quickly (as it’s a very short weekend).
We meet on the Friday evening (the start) and decide on the projects, or project, and we look at the mix of skills and who is interested in what. Leaving on Friday we should have a plan and even have started doing things. By Sunday 5pm we will have a presentation of the ideas (and a video gets submitted). In 2015 we missed the deadline by 10 minutes! Ouch.
Registration is free and over the weekend we look after you with food, drinks and emotional support. 2020 registration link will be here sometime after August.
Last year, over the weekend, we had the use of the conference room and some breakout space at The Orchard in town (upstairs across the road from Gengy’s Restaurant in Walter St Whangarei). Location sponsored by Northland Inc. The 2020 location is yet to be announced.
We will be meeting at 6pm on Friday till we are happy to leave. Then, for the keenest, we will be back again at 9am till late pm on Saturday, then 9am till 5pm just-in-time nail-biting finish on Sunday. Coming and going through the weekend is common (as we have domestic lives) while others stay 100% on task for 46 hours (pausing to sleep eat etc).