Join GovHack on the Gold Coast

Join the GovHack Weekend

 What is GovHack?

We fill a room with as many web and application developers, open data & visualisation gurus, user experience folk, accessibility peeps, augmented reality-ists, mobile maesters, user experience
fanatics and anyone interested in open government as we can find and set them loose on government data sets to create new mashups, data visualisations and apps.

We provide everything you¹ll need to hack to your hearts content, for glory, or money, or both!

 On hand will be:

€ Data ³owners² and mentors from a range of technology

 € Facilitators to help teams focus, and move forward throughout the

 € Copious amounts of power, wifi, food and caffeine

 € A range of developer
tools and support throughout the 48 hours


Governments collect and publish enormous amounts of data, but have limited resources to get it into the hands of their citizens in engaging ways.

GovHack is an event to draw together people from government, industry, academia and of course, the general public to mashup, reuse, and remix government data. GovHack is about finding new ways to do great
things and encouraging open government and open data.


GovHack is a FREE event which runs over 48 hours starting with drinks and the competition announcements on the night of Friday 31 May 2013. On Saturday you will need to register your team by midday and you can
attend technical workshops to help with your project. Mentors in a range of areas will be on hand to help out. Teams work through the weekend and then on Sunday afternoon you¹ll have 5 minutes to present your prototype to everyone, including the judges.

 GovHack 2013 has been scheduled for June 1-2 2013 and will include a number of locations around Australia, including the Gold Coast! The competition will include national and local prizes and is a great way for
local developers to strut their stuff with government data. By combining user experience and service design with hacking the 2013 GovHack will be bigger and better than ever.


The Gold Coast satellite event will be coordinated by Gold Coast City Council in partnership with Silicon Lakes -


Silicon Lakes is a non-profit information and communication technology resource development organisation that provides services to assist early-stage tech start-ups, with a particular focus on app development.

Located within the Robina Community Centre, Silicon Lakes offers:

co-working office space | start-up incubator program | mentoring, coaching and professional services | events, seminars and training.


GovHack Gold Coast needs all kinds of hackers, coders, user experience, mobile, story tellers, artists, so make sure you help us get the word out there!

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