Between the 3rd and 5th of July , Launceston's hackers will be gathering at the Battery Shed for GovHack 2015.


What is GovHack?

GovHack is a 47 hour Hackathon focused on using data released or hosted by the Government (and related/similar institutions eg Universities). On Friday the 3rd of July you will arrive and receive information about the available data sets. You will then join a team, formulate an idea and spend the next 47 hours taking it from scratches on paper to a functioning masterpiece. At the end you will submit some material to help judging – a few words and a short screencast/video. Prizes are then announced a few weeks later.

Want some ideas of what gets made at #govhack? Check out last year's winners!

Want more information on the rules of #govhack? Go and read them!

Want to learn about how the prizes work at #govhack? Jump over here!

But I’m not a hacker/programmer/developer!

Bollocks. We’re all hackers in some way. And besides, GovHack teams require much more than just technical ability to win. They need people who can:

  • Analyse data accurately and help others in the team understand it (scientists, historians, sociologists, doctors etc)

  • Document and create copy to help the world understand why this project deserves to win (journalists, copywriters, photographers etc)

  • Design the interface or create the digital assets (designers, artists, illustrators etc)

You don’t have to be an expert. Your skills don’t need to relate to something you do at work or at home. GovHack is first and foremost a place to share knowledge. GovHack teams – above all else – need thinkers.

GovHack will be held between the 3rd and 5th of July so start thinking about what you might like to build and who you can invite!


To sponsor our Launceston GovHack Community in 2015, head to:


This page will be updated over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for any changes.  If you have questions, comments or would like to get involved during the planning stages, then get in touch with us via

We are also on twitter at @GovHackTas – follow us for more details as they emerge!

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