GovHack 2015
Jul 5

GovHack 2015

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.

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!

Sound like your kind of thing?
If you want to get involved, then jump on over to our Eventbrite page and get yourself signed up.  We'll see you there!

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.

Recharge Demo Day!
11:00 am11:00

Recharge Demo Day!

  • The Battery Shed


This demo day celebrates the conclusion of the Recharge Summer Program and is an opportunity for parents, friends, teachers and the general public to check out what the program participants have been working on during the previous three weeks.

This event is also an opportunity to learn about the Innovation Circle more generally.  In addition to displaying work from the summer program, we'll have all of our usual gear up and running and our most current prototype of the Alfa Simulation available for people to play with.

If you want to learn a bit more about the Innovation Circle at the Battery Shed, or are just interested in playing with a few neat pieces of tech, then you should definitely come along to our demo day!


11am to 3pm, Saturday the 24th of January 2015.




No RSVP necessary, just show up whenever you like!

More Information:

If you'd like more information on the Recharge Demo Day/Innovation Circle Open Day, please feel free to get in touch.

Minecraft Workshops
Jan 13

Minecraft Workshops

  • The Battery Shed - QVMAG


We will be running two Minecraft Workshops as part of the QVMAG's holiday program.

Individuals from the two groups will be working to create buildings in their own model of Launceston, using the popular video game Minecraft ( They will be inspired by pictures, maps and plans from the Museum collection that will span across various time periods and cater to a variety of builder's interests. Participants will also be encouraged to consider what Launceston might look like in the future and build based on that. 

After both groups have completed their builds we will have a flowing, growing representation of Launceston from spans the past, present and future. 

The workshops will be ran by Nat and his merry band of QVMAG volunteers working in the Innovation Circle.


The workshops will run from 10:30am to 3pm on Monday the 12th and Tuesday the 13th of January.


Queen Victoria Museum, Inveresk.

We will be working in the Battery Shed, where the groups will come first to drop off there laptops and get settled in. Then we will walk over to the museum to look around, specifically at Lego model of Civic Square currently on display, before returning to the Battery Shed to start building!


$30 per person, $27 for museum friends members

(Those attending need to bring their own laptop (not iPad/tablet) and need to have a Minecraft account from If you do not have a Minecraft account or you can not bring a laptop but still want to attend, please contact us prior to booking (


Call 03 6323 3742 or visit the QVMAG shop at Inveresk (weekdays 8.30am to 4.30pm).

These sessions have now sold out!  However, if you call the RSVP number you can leave your name and contact details on a mailing list so that we can give you advance notice when we run our next Minecraft event.

Jan 23


  • The Battery Shed


Recharge is a summer hackerspace program for 15 high school and college students that incorporates a series of intensive digital interactive project workshops and a publicly accessible demo day to conclude the program.

Participants in the program will learn skills relating to technology, electronics and computer programming in the context of prototyping interactive exhibits for the Phenomena Factory at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Inveresk.  Each group of students will have a mentor who will help them get the most out of their time and ensure that they are able to overcome any technical hurdles they encounter.

By the end of the program, participants will have learned a heap of new technical skills, as well as having met and learned from some leading lights from local Tasmanian technology companies.  More importantly, they will have had an opportunity to build an interactive museum exhibit, which will be shared with the public during the demo day at the conclusion of the program.


The workshops run from 10am to 4pm every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for the three weeks from Wednesday January 7th 2015 to Friday January 23rd 2015.

The public demo day will occur on Saturday the 24th of January 2015.

The workshops and demo day will run from 10am to 4pm.


$200 per participant ($20 per day)

This cost does not include catering.  Students are expected to bring their own packed lunch, or buy lunch from the QVMAG Cafe.


Call 03 6323 3742 or visit the QVMAG shop at Inveresk (open from 10am to 5pm 7 days a week).

Please note that spaces are strictly limited to 15 participants, so get in quickly if you're interested in being involved!

More Information:

If you'd like some more information, you may find what you're looking for in our guide for parents and teachers, which you can download here.  We also have a more detailed guide for participants, which you can download here.

If you have questions that aren't answered on this page or in the parents and teachers guide, then please feel free to get in touch with us via our contact form.  Or if you'd prefer to talk to a real human being, give Troy a call on 0429 876 966.