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.

Scan, process, share, recreate

Team Name: 

Project Description:

We propose an enrichment of existing databases with the addition of 3 dimensional virtual representations of the physical objects.
3D scanned meshes allow interested parties to glean an accurate representation of a public asset's size, structure, surface and shape.
The addition of textures also allows for accurate representation of an objects colour projected onto the 3D mesh.

AU Dashboard

Team Name: 
Baby Got Hack!

Your Local Dashboard is an online platform that takes real time data from an array of sources and brings it to together in a simple and easy to use format.

Simply select your local government area and the dashboard populates with the relevant data.

Would you like to know how much your local council has spent on Education and welfare, or how effective the use of this money has been? The information is now at your fingertips.

A 2 Green

Boomtown Hacks
Team Name: 
Boomtown Hacks

Team Boomtown Hacks is a ad-hoc team made up of some friends from around Adelaide. The team constsis of 4 people:

Jordan King - Developer and a smooth video voice.

Sam Trezise - Graphic Designer, held the ship together.

Haydn Dyer - The UI guy, the only one who has used Angular before...

James Mackay - The data guru, actually spend hours working out the parking data!!

The Application


AusPoll - Prototype

Team Name: 

In July 2016, Australian leaders expressed a strong interest in introducing electronic voting for future elections.

And we are here to announce that the future of election is here.

Introducing AusPoll…


AusPoll consists of 3 different apps to be installed on separate tablets and used by different users.

    NameRoll: designed for election volunteers to ease the enrollment process

    Ballotronic: designed for electors to minimise informal votes and making election a more friendly experience

Different Australia

Team Name: 

According to Trousit Australia web site's report, oversea vistors especially asian vistor always visiting popular area in Sydney and Melbourne and less of them will visit and stay in the regional area.

We build a app to hightligh the regional country area which can be reach easily by public transport and their local ABC story and show vistor to how to get there by public transport.

The area description has both English and Chinese version.

We will use transport real time data set and Google Map API to show user how to get there by public transport.\