GovHack calls on Griffith Entrepreneurs

The Gold Coast’s reputation as a technological innovator is reinforced by Griffith University’s status as a five-year node member of the national GovHack initiative.

This event seeks to optimise publicly accessible data to improve or facilitate a societal need or want, by calling on interested individuals from within a community to develop ways which showcase the true and intrinsic value of data.

History shows Queensland boasts considerable entrepreneurial spirit within such data acquisition. During last year’s GovHack, which was contested across 40 locations involving 3000 competitors, the state developed 84 different projects, making it the most active in the country, while also securing the second-most national awards.

The Gold Coast was featured among Queensland’s 10 national winners. The ‘Search Party’ smartphone app helps co-ordinate public searches for missing people using a GPS ‘heat map’ to identify areas that haven’t been searched. The app combines missing person data from the ABC and the Australian Government with data from the Gold Coast City Council and the Queensland Government.

GovHack 2017 is your chance to not only make valuable contributions to society, but provides an avenue to conceptualise and develop your own potential start-up company.

Griffith University is this year proud to be hosting two nodes of the GovHack initiative at Logan and Gold Coast campuses

Register now at