We are delighted to announce that this July, the team at the Innovation Circle will be hosting a GovHack event with the support of the Queen Victoria Museum. The event will take place at the Battery Shed (the home of the Innovation Circle) and we'll be running a full 3 day hackathon in true GovHack style.
No idea what we're talking about? Here's a bit of background (shamelessly pinched from the official GovHack web site):
What is GovHack and what can you expect?
We fill a room with as many web and application developers, open data & visualisation gurus, user experience folk, accessibility peeps, augmented reality-ists, mobile maesters, user experience fanatics and anyone interested in open government as we can find and set them loose on government data sets to create new mashups, data visualisations and apps.
GovHack runs over 48 hours starting with drinks and the competition announcements on the night of the launch. Mentors in a range of areas will be on hand to help out. Teams work through the weekend and by Sunday 5pm you have to have submitted your team page, 3 minute video and any code/source materials.
Who should come along?
GovHack is open to everyone and anyone. From data vis, designers and UX’ers through to web developers and hard core application developers. Pull a team together to raise your chances of winning!
GovHack is about having fun and learning, regardless of your level of expertise. From first year university students through to hardened developers, everyone who gets involved will come away from the weekend with something new, whether it be code, content, an idea or new contacts.
Want to learn more?
Then check out the official web site.
There's not a whole heap of information there about GovHack 2015 just yet, but you can expect that to change pretty quickly over the coming weeks.
Want to help out in Launceston?
If you'd like to help out in Launceston, please get in touch with us via our contact page. We're looking for sponsors, committee members, volunteers, participants and basically anyone else who would like to lend a hand in some way. If you think you might fit into one of those groups, then let us know!
There's also going to be a GovHack event in Hobart this year, so if you're one of our southern followers and you'd like to help out a bit closer to home, let us know and we'll put you in touch with the southern organising committee.
Stay tuned for more information, we'll release updates via the blog as we have them!