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July 9th, 2014
The Australia GovHack Highlights the Economic Value of Open Data

Pia Waugh, the event’s lead coordinator is excited at the prospect of what open data could hold for Australia saying “this is the year we are seeing the Australian Government recognise the value of open data and the real benefits to the Australian people”.

The GovHack event itself has become a driving force for #opendata in Australia. The event has grown from a select group of government agencies and dedicated cohort of data hackers into a national event which this year sees over 1,200 participants, all levels of government, and almost all States and Territories participating to make use of this billion dollar digital asset.

The success of the event is gauged by the organisers by those GovHack developers who come back year after year to dedicate 48 hours to finding creative solutions to government problems. Those solutions have been used to help public servants to identify new data to make available, have gone on to become startup companies, and have been integrated into government systems.

GovHack 2014 will smash all participation records of previous years.

 “We see it as a critically important step for policy makers and technologists in Government to get involved at the grassroots level. You can achieve a lot in 48 hours when you get the right people in the room together and GovHack provides governments with that opportunity” Waugh continued.

Following this year’s competition a major Red Carpet Award event is being held in Brisbane to showcase the competitions winners and to allow agency heads, politicians, technology sponsors, and public servants to come together to acknowledge what can be achieved when governments release data for its citizens to build on.

The GovHack Red Carpet Awards will see Federal, State and Local Government representation in Brisbane at the Brisbane City Town Hall on August 10 to showcase the competition outcomes and celebrate the winners in style.

The GovHack team welcomes all policy, technology and community minded journalists to attend the GovHack weekend around the nation (11-13 July) or the Red Carpet Awards in Brisbane (10 August).

The GovHack weekend will see local events in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Hobart, Ballarat, Mt Gambier, Cairns and the Gold Coast.