GovHack 2012 took on some of the big issues facing government departments. Including, how does government engage with society to co-create a better future?
With a strong focus on government data, GovHack invited teams of programmers and designers to invent new and better ways of delivering government data to Australians. Teams with the best apps, data ‘mashups’, and data visualizations competed to win a share of some $40,000 in prize money.
As an in-kind sponsor, Link Digital provided a range of support to event organisers within the Australian Gov2au community. Most notable was the development of a website which supported the registration of ‘hackers’, the organising of ‘teams’ and the establishment of ‘projects’. The site became integral to running the event over the June 1-3 weekend in 2012.
Link branded the community functionality within the site as the ‘Link Lab’. Over the Saturday and Sunday, while teams developed, the physical Link Lab was manned by staff from Link Digital on-site at the University of Canberra InSPIRE Centre. Our staff provided expert support to the competing teams during the hack, mostly around the setup of their project pages on the www.govhack.org website
We were also happy to release our most recent addition to the Link team, Martin Ollman, on attendees during the Saturday workshop sessions. Martin is an expert on the installation, configuration and development of large scale Drupal platforms for Federal Government projects.