Do you have what it takes to be crowned the 2018GovHackwinner?

Coders, designers, story tellers, activists, analysts and more are invited to put their technical and creative skills to good use whenGriffithUniversity’s Gold Coast campus hosts this year’s national open data hackathon competition.

Hosted in partnership with the City of Gold Coast,GovHackaims to inspire community members to develop ways to highlight the value of data by using publicly accessible data to improve or facilitatean appor program that’s needed in society.

Teamsof contestantswork together over 46 hours to explore, mash upand communicate concepts using open Government data. They will need to create a project page, proof of concept and a video that tells the story of their innovative application of open Government data.

Last year’sGovHackwas held across 40 locations with 3000 competitors. Among the finalists was an app in which users could ask GC2018 mascotBorobiwhat to do while visiting the Gold Coast.

Some past contestants have gone on tocommercialisetheir projectsand valuable skills and experience acquired atGovHackcan be taken back to the workplace.

Griffith lecturer DrJolonFaichneyfrom the School of Information Technology, who is also Director ofthe AppFactory, saidGovHackwas a great experience to meet and work with other people overaweekend to build a project thatcanhelpsociety.

“Participants will stretch their skills and abilities in brainstorming ideas, forming proof of concepts, and providing a convincing presentation,” he said.

“The weekend is a great team building experience and those who have participated before often come back to participate, volunteer, or mentor again.”

The competition runs across three days from September 7-9 and is open to all ages and walks of life.

Registerhereand see competition details below.

Griffith University
Gold Coast campus
Parklands Drive, Southport

Griffith Business Building (G42)
Registration at G42 Room 1.04

Under 18:
Attendees under the age of 18 are welcome to attend butwill require a parent or guardian with them at all times.

Free on-campus parking will be available forGovHackGold Coast registrants and volunteers. Details will be provided to registrants.

Public transport:
The light railG:Linkstops at station ‘Griffith University’ directly nearby to the event venue. Buses also stop at the campus. For more information about transport options to the campus including link to online Journey Planner visit

Fully catered event (free for participants and volunteers).