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GovHack is back! - Find out more

GovHack is back! - Find out more
31 July 2018

Grant High School student Braydon Eberhard (left) was awarded the Mount Gambier GovHack Spirit Winner in 2017. He took home $2,250 in prize money at the state awards and received an all-expenses paid trip to Brisbane to attend the national awards ceremony. Team captain of “56k” Dylan McCarthy (right) also received an all-expenses paid trip to attend the national awards ceremony and accepted two first place awards in the Play the Future category and REEF Hack category on behalf of his team.

Following national recognition of local ideas around the use of open data, the Mount Gambier Library is pleased to announce that it will host its fifth GovHack Open Data competition in September 2018. A free information session for interested teachers, parents, students and adults will be held at the Library on Tuesday 7 August at 6:00pm.

GovHack is run across Australia and New Zealand to bring people together to create new ideas and concepts using open data in just 46 hours of competition time.

“Teams work together to come up with an idea on how to make data more accessible and interesting, such as phone apps, websites, games and even art. It doesn’t have to be a working model, just a great concept,” Library Youth Services Coordinator Terasa Nearmy said.

This year the competition will run from Friday 7 September until Sunday 9 September 2018 and includes two age group categories. GovHack Youth Node is open to 13-18 year olds and GovHack Adult Node is open to over 18 year olds. There are prizes at three levels for each category; Local (Mount Gambier), State and National.

“The competition is judged on each team’s entry in the form of a three minute video recorded over the weekend describing the project; the data that is used, the idea and how it is made useable and accessible to the public,” Ms Nearmy said.

The Library extends its opening hours, supplies unlimited wireless access, free printing facilities and staff to assist throughout the competition as well as providing competitors with all meals.

Whether you are into cool geeky stuff, computer know-how, storytelling, digital or social media dabbling, graphics and art, problem-solving, marketing or anything similar we want you to participate.- Library Youth Services Coordinator Terasa Nearmy

“We hope to see even more schools participating, with more students getting involved, more adults taking part and potentially more people from Mount Gambier scooping up prizes,” Ms. Nearmy said.

The Mount Gambier Library will host a free information session for teachers, parents, students and adults on Tuesday 7 August at 6:00pm.

“The local GovHack crew will be there to provide an overview of how the competition runs, answer questions about entering, explain how and what you can win as well as the opportunity to meet past winners and watch previous entries.”

To register your interest in attending, please contact the Mount Gambier Library (08) 87212540.

For further information please contact Library Youth Services Coordinator Teresa Nearmy at