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So how was your #GovHack weekend? Have the #GovHack blues? Well the good news is that the hackathon it is just the beginning! From local to national awards, competitions and future collaborations, we will continue to keep in touch right throughout the year.
GovHack is super-keen to showcase your projects too and hear from those who are taking the next step, connecting with start-up support networks, and making it happen -  please stay in touch through social media #GovHack.

But it's not just about projects or open data, it's about people, so please make sure you scroll to the end of this email and read about our amazing Spirit of GovHack award winners 2016.


Lights. Camera. Haction. 

To all those people who hacked through a lens, the GovHack 2016 Media Competition for photos & video is now officially open! 
This is so exciting! Capturing a hackathon, showing how open data can manifest itself across a weekend, developing a narrative and telling open data stories is a huge part in letting others know they should be involved. Use the #GovHackMediaComp to tweet your submissions so we can find and share and show the world.
If I were not a click button, I would enter this competiton myself.

Make GovHack greater data

Planning for GovHack 2017 has started already so help make it greater by providing some data! It will take only a few minutes, subject to the length of your comments, but will make the world of difference to how GovHack 2017 evolves.
I'm a two-minute survey - click me please :-)

Golden Ticket 

 The date for the GovHack Red Carpet awards is the 22nd October 2016 and it takes place at one of the 20 most beautiful libraries in the world - the Harry Potter-esque Mortlock Wing of the South Australian State Library. Golden Tickets will be announced at your State Awards in mid to late September…


If you have not done so already, have a look on Hackerspace here. It is worth just locking yourself away for an hour or so to be amazed by what was completed in 46 hours. A total of 437 projects ranging from fire-inspired visualisations and 3D printed messages to protect our environment; drones to virtual reality to apps to make life better in so many ways for so many people. Pokemons made an appearance too.

Thank you sponsors 

So nothing in this world is free, right? Well, no, actually GovHack is free because some amazing people draw a connection between what you do, and how it could improve what they do, be it improving services or products.
IP Australia are legends. They gave us awesome financial and data support. IBM Bluemix too gave time, funding and licenses for their product. Have a look at the full list of sponsors here

Thank you amazing volunteers

GovHack would not be possible for the amazing efforts of our army of volunteers! This year we had 800 volunteers supporting GovHack, from the GovHack Global Operations Team, to State Managers and State Operations Teams, Event Hosts, Local Event Teams, Weekend Event Crews and Mentors! We want to acknowledge all our marvellous volunteers who believe in their capacity to make a positive difference and make life better using open data. Keep it up!

And finally, the 'Spirit of GovHack' Roll of Honour 2016

The Spirit of GovHack is the link between producing awesome and being awesome; making things and making things happen; developing something of value, whilst valuing most the people with whom you have developed it.
These people make GovHack, GovHack. It is as simple as that…
  • Onkaparinga - Bowen Pollard was tireless in helping out with almost every aspect of the event and was a clear crowd-favourite when the award was announced. He displayed a calm and tempered approach to the competition and was actively engaged in supporting his two more experienced team mates. 
  • Playford - Lachlan Etherton persuaded both his mum and dad to participate in GovHack foring a separate team to his. Not only did Lachlan support and help his parents, in a caring and patient way, but supported other adult teams. 
  • Mount Gambier - Callum Roachock. Callum assisted almost every team from the get-go, helping individuals overcome first night nerves, to providing invaluable insight and expertise at the YouTube recording stage. 
  • Port Adelaide Enfield - Jay Samy was focused, respectful, and enthusiastic whilst demonstrating leadership in the development of their game concept. His dedicated dad (Ben) provided transport to and from the venue.
  • Logan - Denis O’s Sullivan travelled a great distance on public transport to get to the venue and help out each day, motivated by the atmosphere and sense of teamwork on display in Logan.
  • Melbourne - Yuri Feldman demonstrated technical expertise and a willingness to help those teams around him find the best solution, despite having a project of his own to complete. 
  • Mount Adelaide - Nathaniel Sims, from the ‘Bad Snakes’ team, assisted the teams with the coffee station and helped volunteers in all roles from cleaning tables to preparing drinks areas, putting out food to demonstrating tech tips/tricks... and he did this all with his arm in a sling and a smile on his face!
  • Canberra - Chris Beer, a data mentor from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, relentlessly assisted people across the entire weekend. 
  • Perth - Mike Weaver epitomized ‘awesome’ in Perth, participating in GovHack long before the official event began by attempting to get a Youth Node up and running. His entire family participated and he assisted at least four teams get across the finishing line.
  • WA - Paul Dowling took a number of days of work to get GovHack Geraldton up-and-running and establish that GovHack spirit, before returning to Perth where he assisted numerous teams.
  • Geraldton - Jason Willcox jumped right in to GovHack excelling at every stage with an enthusiasm and dedication that inspired participants and event organisers alike. 
  • Brisbane - Samuel Hull took time out from two projects of his own to help mentor and solve technical problems for younger participants. He also became an unofficial volunteer, staffing graveyard shifts, cleaning up, and building a sense of community by ordering and paying for pizzas to be shared – true legend.
  • Brisbane Node - Thomas Payne from Harvey Bay arranged for a number of their friends to travel four hours to this event, and whilst only he and his best friend Shreya could make it, his enthusiasm and ability made a great impression on event organisers.
  • Launceston – Brendan Hodkinson was Launceston’s most enthusiastic and dedicated participant. He promoted the event, brought a heap of people along with him, and enthused all whilst being generous with his time to help others.
  • Gold Coast - Luke Thorpe overcame initial nerves to become team captain empowering all to contribute, having the confidence to seeking advice and support from mentors, and becoming ‘a delight to have around all weekend’. 
  • Sydney - Eliot Redelman was a volunteer and participant, using his time to help others, make everyone smile across the entire weekend, and leading organisers to describe him as ‘an absolute star’.
  • Brisbane Maker Node - Rosa Tong overcame pre-event nerves to become part of two teams, learning how to use 3D printers for the first time, creating visualisations with modelling software, whilst posting on to social media and supporting other teams across the weekend.
  • Point Cook - Walter Villagonzalo convinced a non-tech team to come together based on his idea that enthralled mentors, volunteers, sponsors and other participants. Clad in their own GovHack t-shirts, Walter and his team’s passion led to a data-owner from Wyndham City council publishing a new attributes of the data set relevant to his idea after the event.
  • Camperdown - Lauren Black, overcame initial nerves from attending his first hackathon, to captain the 'Under_Score' team and deliver one of the best educational games at Camperdown hack.
  • Hobart – Rex Smeal was friendly, welcoming and lead by example, using his substantial GovHack experience to help others.
  • Rockhampton - Benedict Wonnocott fought of stiff competition in spirit-filled GovHack due to his enthusiasm, drive, helpfulness, and sheer resilience, battling through data to stretch himself and inspire those around him.
  • Ballarat – Scott Weston helped three school children develop their project by guiding them, mentoring them, and helping them solve their own problems. He has inspired them to be creative and to have fun. His big heart and generous spirit are all about what we value in Govhack.
  • Geelong – Megan Saxby became known for her 'give it a go' attitude. Megan doesn't have a technical background but decided to come along and join in and has made great contributions to her team in project management, documentation and organisation.  
Speak to you soon. The GOT Team 🏛🌏✨
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