DTA to sponsor GovHack 2018

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Monday, 13 August, 2018

DTA to sponsor GovHack 2018

The Digital Transformation Agency will act as the lead government agency sponsor of GovHack 2018, the annual Australia-wide open data hackathon.

GovHack 2018, which will take place in each state and territory on 7–9 September, will bring together teams of developers, coders, designers, analysts and other experts to explore ways to use open data to develop solutions and services for the community.

Previous years’ projects have involved data visualisation, 3D modelling and the development of new apps that utilise open data to create services for the public.

Last year’s event attracted 3000 participants across 36 locations in Australia and New Zealand. The participants formed teams to work on 430 projects.

“As the lead national agency sponsor for this year’s event, the DTA will help thousands of local innovators realise the value of open data and the potential benefits it can offer,” DTA CEO Randall Brugeaud said.

“This sponsorship demonstrates the DTA’s ongoing commitment to optimising the use and re-use of open data, while driving collaboration with other sectors to extend the value of open data for the benefit of all Australians.”

Brugeaud said Australian Government agencies have published nearly 30,000 datasets on the data.gov.au portal since 2013.

Recent research from the Bureau of Communications Research suggests that making data publicly available for re-use could generate up to $25 billion in GDP each year — some 1.5% of the nation’s total.

Applications for GovHack 2018 open on Thursday. This year’s event has Infosys as lead sponsor and aarnet as a silver sponsor.

It will be supported by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, the Department of Defence, IP Australia, the Department of Finance, the ATO, the Bureau of Meteorology, the Department of Jobs and Small Business, the Queensland Government and the Australian Financial Security Authority.

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