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.

Flash me!

Team Name: 
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We spend a lot of time waiting for things. From public transport, to waiting for family or firends, or even using the bathroom. 

Wouldn't it be great to have the opportunity to learn about things that you didnt even know that you wanted to learn about.

We wanted an app that could utlise these small bits of time, and gain something, just a little more. Learn about sciences? Animals, what have you.

 

Enter Flashme!

A flashcard inspired app that focues on short attention learning (be it a spare 5 minutes, 10 minutes). 

Immi-Great

Team Name: 
Geraldton Hack

We plan to build a user friendly website and complemetary educational video and materials, to generate positive community sentiment about the benefits of migrants to regional Western Australian communities.

We are looking at communities with similar characteristics:

-Dash-

Team Name: 
Correl8

"Bringing Government Data to Life"

-Dash- displays a high quality and curated dashboard that tells the story of Government and Australian data across key topic areas such as Energy, Finance, Health and Social. Furthermore -Dash- makes government data inclusive by allowing non-coders to search across government portals to interact with and visualise government data. 

It is simple to use and can be embedded in the data.gov.au home page.

So why do we need -Dash-?

Hackanation

Team Name: 
Alpha Hawk Magnum

Hack A Nation: Govhack becomes the data

Overview

Our hack is a meta-hack of sorts, we have spend the weekend writing a web crawler to crawl the hackerspace and prize descriptions website, in order to gather data about the sorts of prize categories that teams are targeting.

Target Audience