GovHack WA 2016

GovHack WA was held at FLUX, Perth's newest co-working space in late July. This highly anticipated event attracted 120 top local hackers with an impressive prize pool of $30,000. There were 16 winning teams and four individual champions, with more winners to be announced in the coming weeks.

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in the successful GovHack 2016. It’s truly amazing what you can do in just 46 hours with open data. Without the support of the agencies who provided data, people and sponsorship, the teams who worked so hard on their projects, the organisers and all the mentors, this event would not be in existence and as great as it is. So a massive shout out to all: “THANK YOU!”

This year, embraced Slack as a place for participants and mentors to communicate before and during the event. This enabled a group of Geraldton participants at the innovation hub Pollinators, to join GovHack for the first time.

Just prior to the event, Landgate announced the release of another lot of fundamental land information datasets. This added to the suite of wide-ranging Government datasets that were made available to competing teams. They will continue to be available to the public for further queries.

A total of 23 new concepts were developed during the 46-hour event. These exciting innovations have great potential for public and private sector applications. You can see the projects from Western Australia for yourself.

Congratulations to our own Keith Moss for winning ‘Best Mentor’ this year - it was well deserved! And a big congratulations to all of the GovHack 2016 champions.

Now in its fourth year, GovHack Perth is very successful as it brings together members of the public from a diverse range of backgrounds, rather than purely developers. The main aim of the event is to create and innovate new ways to use open government data for the greatest public and private benefit for Western Australia. Many of the projects developed at GovHack continue to be worked on and developed which is really exciting to see.

You can read the Spacecubed GovHack wrap-up and view images from the Perth event and the Geraldton event. Two ministerial media statements, titled GovHack growing WA's innovation reputation and GovHack showcases WA’s innovative nous were released. GovHack has published a follow up, which details everything you want to know about the 2016 event, plus a media competition. There are also a couple of videos to watch: the Opening Video and Closing Video.

Stay tuned for the State Awards in September and the National Red Carpet Awards in October, to be held in South Australia at one of the 20 most beautiful libraries in the world.

Planning for GovHack 2017 has already started. You can help make it greater by providing some feedback! The survey 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.