GovHack 2016

Over the last weekend I took place in GovHack 2016 at the Hobart site. This was the 4th time that I’ve participated in GovHack, and – as usual – it was an excellent event! I formed (what is now becoming the usual) team with Jon, Tim, Josh, Rex, Seb, Matthew, and Arabella, and we built a game out of the data-sets.

The game we built involves players taking control of news readers on flying news desks, grabbing images and matching them to headlines. It’s called Beat the Press and you can learn more about it on the project website, and through the video we made:

Thanks to my awesome team members for working so hard on art, music, data-wrangling, copy editing, video production, programming, design, and game design over the weekend! Thanks also to Craig Clark for hosting a fabulous event, as well as the other volunteers in Hobart, and everywhere else!

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GovHack 2015 Wins!

Question Time from GovHack 2015 –– art by Rex SmealThe (Inter)national GovHack 2015 Red Carpet awards were held in Sydney last night! The game –– Question Time –– that I created together with Jon, Tim, Josh, Arabella, Rex, and Sebastian, won a few awards! They are:

  • 1st Place for Best Open Government Data Hack (sponsored by the Department of Finance and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare)
  • 2nd Place for Best Entrepreneurial Hack (sponsored by Telstra and the Department of Industry)

Locally, in the Tasmanian prizes, we won:

  • the Design Excellence award, for the most usable, complete and appealing designed hack;
  • and the Most Disruptive award!

The hard work of everyone on the team really pulled off! Every year I participate in GovHack, the quality improves, and the team work really makes it come together beautifully.

The full list of winners, international, national, and local, is on the GovHack website. Thanks to everyone who organises, hosts, sponsors, and participates in GovHack. It’s a huge amount of fun! This was the third time I participated, and it definitely won’t be my last.

Qantas Hackathon

Over the weekend I competed in the inaugural Qantas “Codeshare” Hackathon in Sydney. It was hosted by Qantas, together with the Disruptors Handbook, and was held at the spectacular Qantas Centre of Service Excellence in Sydney.

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My team (“Team Tasmania“), which consisted of myself, Jon Manning, Jess Lethbridge, Tim Nugent, and Rex Smeal, built a suite of games for children that were designed around the Qantas brand. We built them with the objective of creating an engaging, educational, and playful experience for children on planes. We managed to come second, which – especially considering the competition – was awesome!

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I’ll post more about what we built in the coming weeks. But right now I just want to say that the hackathon was absolutely brilliant, and the judges, organisers, and the Qantas team members were incredibly friendly, switched on, and full of brilliant ideas and suggestions. CIO has a good article on the event (written by one of the judges!)