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.


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.

Pom Pom Pie Charts

Team Name: 
Data Knitters

Data visualisation using data sets, Google Charts - Donut Pie Chart, balls of wool and origami.


Step 1 - Access Data

Step 2 - Filter and add to Google Sheets

Step 3 - Build Google Donut Pie Chart - Customise colour sto match yarn

Step 4 - Transpose information onto paper plate

Step 5 - Select yarn and make a Pom Pom

Step 6 - Create an informative oragami topper

Step 7 - Hang it up

Mother Nature

Team Name: 

If someone doesn't complain, it's easy for us to ignore them. Sometimes we do more. We abuse and take advantage -- particularly if it means we profit, or it's for our own convenience.

If our earth was a human being standing next to us, what would it look like? Would we react and change our behavior, or just turn away ...again?​​​​​​​

Mother Nature is a humanoid art form that exhibits the state of the environment.

Where 2 Go

Studio39 Griffith University Start-up Entrepreneurs Club
Team Name: 
Power Team s39

Power Team has implemented over 20 data sets to provide an all-in-one dynamic app that can be used for any event, tourism agency or local council. The initial concept was based on providing an interactive age-friendly application that is simple enough for any person to use for the Commonwealth Games. This includes transport options and real-time delays data, event locations with geo-pins that provide brief information on events taking place, such as: times and sport being played. ​​​​​​​


Team Name: 

TransForma is an online sim game designed for users to build an online property empire.