Share in over $30,000 worth of prizes by participating in GovHack 2012

a strong focus on government data, GovHack is inviting
teams of programmers and designers to invent new and better ways
of delivering government data to Australians and will be rewarding
the best apps, data mash-ups, and data visualisations with
a share of $30,000 in prize money.
event, being held in Canberra and Sydney from 1st – 3rd June, will
challenge teams to answer the question and develop solutions for ‘how
can government data be better used to benefit Australians?’

organisers have secured over thirty thousand dollars in
prize money through sponsorships, although Pia Waugh, the chief
organiser is tight-lipped about the prize categories, “We
want people to come with fresh ideas and concepts and to build them
at GovHack using publicly released data from government
agencies. To keep the playing field level, we won’t tell
anyone the prize categories until the event.”

previous years GovHack winners have found ways to compare
government lobbying with the results of successful tenders, and
designed mobile apps to help people find the nearest public

is a unique opportunity to be a part of generating ideas for how
government can better use and re-use the wealth of information hidden
away in its databases. By being a part of this event the participants
get to, in a small way, directly influence how government data
managers will look at and manage their data stores”
Pia said.

GovHack is being supported by organisations including Adobe, MailChimp,
Palantir and some of the biggest data holders in the
Australian Government are providing prize money and data,
including the National Archives of Australia, the Australian
Government Information Management Office (AGIMO), and the Bureau of
GovHack is an official part of 2012 APS Innovation week, with the support of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

You can now register to participate, review the
competition rules, or see an outline of the data to be made available on
the GovHack site (http://www.govhack.org).

Prize categories will be announced at the event ‘s opening on Friday 1st June.

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