ABS - That thing we all need

Supported By: 
Australian Bureau of Statistics

OK Tech and Dev Hackers. You've spoken over the years, and we've listened.

We know that sometimes government systems aren't the best things to work with. And we know that most of the time, all of our data is in different formats and sometimes, all kinds of wrong to the professional developer.

So here is your challenge. Make us "that thing" we need. The dankest of the dank unofficial APIs. The killer library. The master app. The coolest of the cool. The thing that will solve the "this is why we can't have nice things" conundrum.

"But what makes it cool?" you ask?

 

Eligibility Criteria

Entries MUST be cross-team and collaborative.

  • Ideally, you'll connect with other techs/devs from other teams and either:
    • Build something that all teams at GovHack can use to discover, access, connect to etc, to multiple agency data portals and websites; or
    • Build something that every Agency at GovHack and elsewhere can use in future years to make it easier for people to do things with our data.
  • Entries must be complete and working, open source and available for use, and documented well enough for peer review.
  • Demonstrated cross-team use of the working entry will be very highly regarded.

Judging

By the rules of cool:

  • Your peers will be your initial judges - if "that thing we need" is clearly used by a large number of team by the end of the weekend, this will speak for itself and will be very highly regarded for judging - everyone subconsciously knows what's cool and what's not - the inner geek is a powerful judge!
  • Agency and Sponsor technical mentors from Service Design and Developer/Coder areas will also evaluate entries on both "big S" service design (is it easy to use, documented, developer experience friendly etc) and code/functional quality.
  • The prize will be awarded to the named / significant contributors of the "thing", as if they were a normal team.

Patented

Team Name: 
Team Zr0

Description

IP Australia has released their data on administered patents and trademarks. We generated a series of visualizations based on these statistics. Applications were grouped by status, application type and location, both state-level and country-level. 

Difficulties faced

  • Large dataset
  • Instructions unclear

Tech Used

  • Power BI
  • Microsoft Azure storage

W_I_N_E

Team Name: 
Ideation Generation

Wine Industry National Explorer

Grape growing and wine production are key elements of the Australian economy.

AverageAussie

Team Name: 
Phantom

AverageAussie is a web application that allows users to compare characteristics of themselves to the Australian populus' average.

It uses custom JQuerey prompts that are a lot more user friendly than reguolar JavaScript Prompy in many ways

Endless Bureaucracy

Team Name: 
Endless Bureaucracy

To find out more about Endless Bureaucracy, watch the pitch video at: Pitch Video - Endless Bureaucracy​​​​​​​

Endless Bureaucracy is an Endless Sky mod. go to https://github.com/endless-sky

To install Endless Bureaucracy on Windows, go to http://github.com/endlessbureaucracy and download endless-bureaucracy-win64-0.9.2.zip, extract it, then run EndlessSky.exe.

Campsites Tonight

Team Name: 
War Tapir

Campsites Tonight is a convenient tool that allows Campers of Victoria a quick and easy way to find and book available campsites near them. 

Using the geo location of the user Campsites Tonight pulls the data of Vic Parks Campsites to find Available Campsites and sort them by distance. 

The booking portal is an easy 3 step process that provides an at-a-glance over view of the features of the Campsite, payment processing and booking confirmation.