GovHack 2015: Hack the New Zealand Government in July

govhack_logoOn July 3rd to 5th, right across New Zealand, the government will be hacked. A mass hackathon that looks at improving the interaction and services that central and local government agencies deliver to us. Early registration is now on, again it’s free, and we’re looking for people across the country to join in.

GovHack is an international catalyst encouraging Open Government and Open Data. With highly successful hackathons run in Australia since 2011 for Gov2.0, this year, GovHack has extended with the aim of replicating that success across New Zealand.

The event will focus on drawing together people from government, industry, academia and our wider community to mould New Zealands government data into solutions to problems and innovate national/local benefits.

If you’re a developer, designer, open data/open govt. enthusiast, civic-tech enthusiast or even part of the general community and find yourself keen to be a part of the event or want to know more, register your interest. – Source

In a similar way to Civic Hackathons, city-wide, GovHack seeks to run a country-wide hackathon looking at government as a focus. To give you an idea of some of the outputs, the last Australian GovHack produced some very interesting ideas and solutions:

  • When the Hack Am I? Produced an augmented reality experience that allowed Google Glass users to see historic images and data laid over the current world in real-time.
  • A dozen or so projects that took statistics and other government data and mashed it into new views including personalising it for a resident.
  • The Hack Report. An online news generator that sourced news stories from government archives for any given day.
  • Environment Metropolitan Melbourne produced data and visualisations that showed the impact of urban development on waterways over time.
  • Record Breakers looked at how to take data from satellite, government meteorologists, and then produce visualisations of trends showing record breaking data in an effort to understand climate change.
  • Landsat Time Lapse Journey seeks to enable easy viewing of historical Landsat data all across Australia. You enter a postcode and a timeline appears at the bottom of the application, showing where you are in time. As the day a Landsat image was captured approaches, the image fades in, becoming fully opaque for that day before fading out again. While it vanishes, the next image fades in, producing a blending effect.
  • Who is Canberra is an initiative that starts driving the concept of smart cities by providing interactive, on the street, data to locals.
  • Sarbii is a search and rescue management portal that allows the emergency service authorities to manage the coordination of a search & rescue, while also offering a public facing mobile app for members of the public to ‘check-in’ their journeys.

What could we do?

Right now we need you to register your interest as a participant, organiser, or sponsor. There will be more coming out in the next few weeks. Right now, click and get involved. 

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