Join the hack to put open data to work

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Want to help find innovative ideas and solutions for solving local and Australasia-wide problems? Want to meet and collaborate with inventive, creative people?

Join GovHack 2020, Australia and New Zealand’s open data hackathon. GovHack is a free, two-day problem-solving event where individuals and teams create concepts, mashups and models to tackle important societal challenges, using open government data.

The competition, the largest open data hackathon in the southern hemisphere, was created to encourage people and organisations to use open government data to improve the quality of life and drive meaningful change.

“Making more government data available in more ways to more people drives innovation and better decision making,” said Ian Duncan, ARDC Director of Outreach.

Along with providing an intensive thought-provoking endeavour for participants, the hackathon results in meaningful benefits. One of last year’s GovHack winning teams took on the challenge of delivering better health outcomes for people living in remote areas and Indigenous communities. Their solution was to create a health translation app called ‘Remote Beat’. The app is now helping Northern Territory residents get more accurate disease diagnoses and helping patients follow prescriptions and critical rehabilitation program schedules.

As a National Agency Sponsor of GovHack 2020, the Australian Research Data Commons will be providing 1-2 challenges for “hackers” to tackle. Although the exact challenges remain a secret until the start of the competition on 14 August, teasers will be made available in the lead up to the hackathon weekend to help competitors prepare for the challenges.

“The ARDC is all about driving excellence in the creation, analysis and retention of high-quality data, so we are delighted to partner with GovHack 2020 to promote the same principles that we do; improving society through better data,” Ian said.

The 2020 event will include three levels of competition: international, national and state/territory. Competitors select and tackle one or more challenges that have been created by a group of sponsors. The 2020 competition includes a number of themes, including Resilience and Recovery for Communities, Bushfires, Open Science and Beyond COVID-19, which help form the basis of some of the challenges.

Winners will be recognised in a series of award events and include an array of prizes.

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