Monday, August 01, 2016

Congratulations to GovHack for another fantastic year

The weekend just past featured the 6th GovHack event, involving over 2,000 participants in 280 teams across 41 locations in Australia and New Zealand working on 439 registered projects.

Effectively the world's biggest government hackathon, GovHack includes some amazing ideas on how to solve public challenges, using open data from agencies in innovative ways.

Whether you've previously heard of the GovHack event or not, visiting the Hackerspace (2016.hackerspace.govhack.org/projects), where all the registered projects are listed, is an inspiring way to start the morning and get some innovative ideas on how to address some of the pressing challenges facing your agency or organisation.

I wasn't actively involved in GovHack this year, due to family commitments, so don't have any insights from the ground on how the event went.

However from the social correspondence and general mood online, the event maintained the heights it attained in past years, while maturing further with better systems and challenge structures.

With GovHack managed by a second generation team (with the founder and key past organisers moving on or otherwise engaged), this year marked a major transition for the event.

The success of this year proves that GovHack isn't just a passion-play, but is a solid, sustainable, professional event that can become an important ongoing part of the open data movement, and tool for governments to foster citizen engagement, for a long time into the future.

Congrats to all of the organisers this year, who have made this possible.

Here's some stats from the event, based on the current information in the Hackerspace.

Total projects registered: 439
Total projects submitted: 351 (80%)

(Projects must be submitted to be eligible for judging)

The tables below show the number and percentage of submissions (Sub.) by territory, as well as submissions by 2015 population estimates.

As I measure it, the smaller the population per submission, the greater the level of engagement with GovHack within that territory - leaving ACT the most engaged, followed by South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, New Zealand and then Western Australia, with Victoria and NSW at the end.

Projects by Country

CountryReg.Sub.% Sub.
Population
Sub./Pop.
Australia
373
291
78.0%
23,781,200
81,722
New Zealand
66
60
90.9%
4,596,700
76,612

Projects by Australian State/Territory

State/Territory
Reg.
Sub.
% Sub.
Population
Sub./Pop.
Australian Capital Territory
51
44
86.3%
390,800
8,882
New South Wales
70
45
64.3%
7,618,200
169,293
Queensland
84
70
83.3%
4,779,400
68,277
South Australia
60
49
81.7%
1,698,600
34,665
Tasmania
13
11
84.6%
516,600
46,964
Victoria
69
48
69.6%
5,938,100
123,710
West Australia
26
24
92.3%
2,591,600
107,983

Projects by Region and Local event - Australia

RegionLocal SiteReg.Sub.% Sub.
ACTCanberra
45
39
86.7%
ACTCanberra Heritage Hack
6
5
83.3%
NSW
Camperdown Games for Learning
4
4
100.0%
NSWParramatta
6
5
83.3%
NSWSydney Official
55
32
58.2%
NSWTyro Fintech Hub
5
4
80.0%
QLDBrisbane Maker Node
11
7
63.6%
QLDBrisbane Official
42
35
83.3%
QLDBrisbane Youth Node
1
1
100.0%
QLDFar North Queensland
1
1
100.0%
QLDGold Coast
6
4
66.7%
QLD
Ipswich
4
4
100.0%
QLDLogan
6
6
100.0%
QLDRockhampton
3
3
100.0%
QLDSunshine Coast
6
5
83.3%
QLDToowoomba
4
4
100.0%
SAAdelaide
36
31
86.1%
SA
Adelaide Maker
2
1
50.0%
SA
Mount Gambier
9
9
100.0%
SAOnkaparinga
5
2
40.0%
SAPlayford
7
5
71.4%
SA
Port Adelaide Enfield
1
1
100.0%
TasHobart
7
5
71.4%
TasLaunceston
6
6
100.0%
VicBallarat
9
8
88.9%
VicGeelong
5
4
80.0%
VicHack for Wyndham
5
5
100.0%
VicMelbourne
36
20
55.6%
VicMelbourne Mapspace
14
11
78.6%
WAGeraldton
3
2
66.7%
WAPerth
23
22
95.7%

Projects by Region and Local event - New Zealand

RegionLocal SiteReg.Sub.% Sub.
NZAuckland
16
15
93.8%
NZChristchurch
15
12
80%
NZDunedin
1
1
100%
NZHamilton
10
9
90%
NZNapier, Hawkes Bay
2
2
100%
NZNorthland
1
1
100%
NZQueenstown
3
3
100%
NZWellington
14
13
92.9%
NZWhanganui
4
4
100%

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