‘Hackers’ to be at home on the Sunshine Coast
  • Wednesday 10 June 2015

Do you like designing and working with data?

Perhaps you like developing ­ mobile apps, games, websites and helping people too.

In GovHack 2015 Sunshine Coast, designers, developers and data gurus will work together over a weekend to create applications, visualisations and tools from data sets provided by local, state and federal government agencies.

Sunshine Coast Council is one of the partners in the July 3-5 event at Peregian Beach which will see some of the region’s smartest minds come together for the chance to win some great prizes.

GovHack is an annual competition, held simultaneously in 30 venues across Australia and New Zealand, that brings together geeks, digital creatives, data analysts, story tellers, entrepreneurs and civic society enthusiasts to work together in teams over two days to explore, mash up, ideate and communicate their concepts using open government data.

“A ‘hack’ is when you take something and make it better,” Council’s Economic Development Portfolio holder Cr Steve Robinson said.

“For this competition on July 3-5, our hackers will receive government data that is available to the public and make it more useful or engaging.

“What we’re looking for are people with great ideas, plenty of passion and lots of energy.

“At Peregian, there’ll be a happy place provided for hacking together and an event like this is a great way to help build networks of like-minded people in our region.”

The best teams have a mix of skill so GovHack encourages everyone to come along including entrepreneurs, developers, designers, digital media creators, artists, story tellers, researchers

and open data enthusiasts.

If you don’t have a team, don’t worry, there will be other GovHackers looking to form a team at the opening or participants are welcome to go it solo.

The Sunshine Coast event will run from 6pm on Friday, July 3 to 6pm on Sunday, July 5 at the Atmail offices on David Low Way at Peregian Beach.

You can also participate off site from home or any location - you just need to register.

There is no cost to enter and all the prizes being competed for will be announced on July 3 at the launch party at 7pm.

Check out the “hacker how to” at www.govhack.org for tools and tips for creating awesome hacks.

As part of GovHack Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Council will be launching the Sunshine Coast Council Open Data site.  Participants in GovHack Sunshine Coast will be able to directly access Sunshine Coast Council open government data from this site for the GovHack competition.

The Sunshine Coast Council Open Data site aims to provide the community with Council’s “publicly available” data in a more visual format such as maps, charts and graphs as well as the ability for the community to create their own visualisations from Council data.

The site also enables the community to download the publicly available data so that it can be used in the development of mobile applications and innovative solutions which can benefit the wider community.

The option to provide feedback and request data sets will also be part of the new Sunshine Coast Open Data site.