So, you think you can hack it with the best?

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

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

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

Teams of contestants work together over 46 hours to explore, mash up and 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’s GovHack was held across 40 locations with 3000 competitors. Among the finalists was an app in which users could ask GC2018 mascot Borobi what to do while visiting the Gold Coast. 

Some past contestants have gone on to commercialise their projects and valuable skills and experience acquired at GovHack can be taken back to the workplace. 

Griffith lecturer Dr Jolon Faichney from the School of Information Technology, who is also Director of the App Factory, said GovHack was a great experience to meet and work with other people over a weekend to build a project that can help society. 

“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. 

Register here and 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 but will require a parent or guardian with them at all times. 

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

Public transport:
The light rail G:Link stops 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).