GovHack Participant Handbook and Hacker Toolkit

Welcome to our 2016 Handbook. We hope you enjoy your hack!

From the GovHack Global Operations Team, State Managers and Local Event Teams

Featured content

Launch Video 2016

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Competition Rules 2016

What can I submit as a hack? A Hack is when you take something and make it better! This is an open...

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Event roadmap

Deadline You MUST have all parts of your competition entry submitted by 5:00pm Local time in Hackerspace. Every team member registered in...

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What data do I use

Using Open Data You will find the list of Official data available for the GovHack competition in the Official Datasets list. You...

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Judging Criteria

Judging Criteria All GovHack entries will be judged by the GovHack Competition Judging Panels against the following criteria: Mandatory elements submitted in...

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IBM Bluemix

IBM are offering a free 90-day trial of Bluemix for GovHack participants IBM Bluemix is a cloud platform-as-a-service for building innovative applications...

Get a Bluemix Trial

Microsoft Azure free passes

Microsoft are offering Free $300 Azure passes There are just 50 up for grabs so be quick and have your team claim...

Get Azure passes

AWS Credits

AWS is pleased to offer all participants of GovHack 2016 $100.00 in promotional credit. To register for your GovHack 2016 credits, visit...

Get AWS credits

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Preparing before the event

For all competitors

  • Code of Conduct

    By participating in GovHack, as a competitor, you agree to the following: I will treat others with respect I will not abuse,...
  • Competition Rules 2016

    What can I submit as a hack? A Hack is when you take something and make it better! This is an open...
  • What to bring

    The most important thing is to bring your GovHack Spirit of fun, friendship and helping others! GovHack is a friendly creative environment....

For hackers

  • Anatomy of a project

    There are three simple requirements for your GovHack project: That you register your team and fill our your project information on the...
  • Data Science

    Whilst you’re not allowed to actually work on your project until the weekend of GovHack itself, that doesn’t mean you can’t be...
  • Tabular data

    Working with tabular data At its simplest, tabular data is data that is stored in rows and columns (hence the name “tabular”...

Competing for glory

For all competitors

  • Event roadmap

    Deadline You MUST have all parts of your competition entry submitted by 5:00pm Local time in Hackerspace. Every team member registered in...
  • People and Wellbeing at GovHack

    People There are over 2000 people who participate in GovHack in some way including volunteers, participants, government representatives, technical mentors and are...

For hackers

  • Kids Who Code

    We think it’s awesome that kids are wanting to learn how to code - so if that’s you we’ve collected together a...
  • Mentors

    Your Mentors GovHack is supported by an awesome group of mentors from a wide range of disciplines who’ve volunteered to provide assistance...
  • Data Science

    Making your hacking more productive So by now you’ve got your project idea taking shape, and have probably thought a little about...
  • Unstructured Data

    Unstructured data covers much of the data you will come across - from data buried in PDFs and web sites, to mining...

Creating your hack

For all competitors

  • Prepare Your Video

    Prepare your video An important part of your project is the 3 minute video showing your hack in action which you’ll make...
  • What can I submit as a Hack

    What can I submit as a hack? A Hack is when you take something and make it better! This is an open...
  • What data do I use

    Using Open Data You will find the list of Official data available for the GovHack competition in the Official Datasets list. You...

For hackers

  • AWS Credits

    AWS is pleased to offer all participants of GovHack 2016 $100.00 in promotional credit. To register for your GovHack 2016 credits, visit...
  • Data Visualisation

    Data viz 101 Data visualisation encompasses a broad range of fields, techniques, and tools for creating visual representation of data for human...
  • Geographic Data

    Intro to geographic data Geographic data is any dataset that has a location element to it - usually provided as latitude and...
  • Graph Databases

    Intro to graph databases Graph databases were conceived of as a means to make the task of exploring the connections and networks...
  • IBM Bluemix

    IBM are offering a free 90-day trial of Bluemix for GovHack participants IBM Bluemix is a cloud platform-as-a-service for building innovative applications...
  • Making Maps

    In which we play at being cartographers Righto, so you’ve got some data and need to provide a map for your users...
  • Microsoft Azure free passes

    Microsoft are offering Free $300 Azure passes There are just 50 up for grabs so be quick and have your team claim...
  • Mobile Development

    Device agnostic mobile web development If your project involves development for mobile devices you’ve got a choice to make: take a web-based...

Submitting your project

For all competitors

  • Judging Criteria

    Judging Criteria All GovHack entries will be judged by the GovHack Competition Judging Panels against the following criteria: Mandatory elements submitted in...
  • Receiving Awards

    Team Captain Each team must nominate one person on their Hackerspace project page as their Team Captain and provide contact details. (GovHack...
  • Submitting your entry

    Submitting your entry Hackerspace (opened on the Friday of the competition at 7pm) is the Official GovHack competition submission site and allows...

For hackers

  • Project Hosting

    We’ve already spoken about how you can submit your project source materials, but you’ll more than likely also need a place to...

Participant Handbook Chapters and Toolkit Guides

For all competitors

  • Code of Conduct

    By participating in GovHack, as a competitor, you agree to the following: I will treat others with respect I will not abuse,...
  • Competition Rules 2016

    What can I submit as a hack? A Hack is when you take something and make it better! This is an open...
  • Event roadmap

    Deadline You MUST have all parts of your competition entry submitted by 5:00pm Local time in Hackerspace. Every team member registered in...
  • Hackerspace intro 2016

    Welcome Hackerspace is the Official GovHack competition submission site for GovHack 2016. Hackerspace is used in the competition to : Registration of...
  • Judging Criteria

    Judging Criteria All GovHack entries will be judged by the GovHack Competition Judging Panels against the following criteria: Mandatory elements submitted in...
  • People and Wellbeing at GovHack

    People There are over 2000 people who participate in GovHack in some way including volunteers, participants, government representatives, technical mentors and are...
  • Prepare Your Video

    Prepare your video An important part of your project is the 3 minute video showing your hack in action which you’ll make...
  • Receiving Awards

    Team Captain Each team must nominate one person on their Hackerspace project page as their Team Captain and provide contact details. (GovHack...
  • Submitting your entry

    Submitting your entry Hackerspace (opened on the Friday of the competition at 7pm) is the Official GovHack competition submission site and allows...
  • What can I submit as a Hack

    What can I submit as a hack? A Hack is when you take something and make it better! This is an open...
  • What data do I use

    Using Open Data You will find the list of Official data available for the GovHack competition in the Official Datasets list. You...
  • What to bring

    The most important thing is to bring your GovHack Spirit of fun, friendship and helping others! GovHack is a friendly creative environment....

For hackers

  • Anatomy of a project

    There are three simple requirements for your GovHack project: That you register your team and fill our your project information on the...
  • AWS Credits

    AWS is pleased to offer all participants of GovHack 2016 $100.00 in promotional credit. To register for your GovHack 2016 credits, visit...
  • Data Visualisation

    Data viz 101 Data visualisation encompasses a broad range of fields, techniques, and tools for creating visual representation of data for human...
  • Geographic Data

    Intro to geographic data Geographic data is any dataset that has a location element to it - usually provided as latitude and...
  • Graph Databases

    Intro to graph databases Graph databases were conceived of as a means to make the task of exploring the connections and networks...
  • IBM Bluemix

    IBM are offering a free 90-day trial of Bluemix for GovHack participants IBM Bluemix is a cloud platform-as-a-service for building innovative applications...
  • Kids Who Code

    We think it’s awesome that kids are wanting to learn how to code - so if that’s you we’ve collected together a...
  • Making Maps

    In which we play at being cartographers Righto, so you’ve got some data and need to provide a map for your users...
  • Mentors

    Your Mentors GovHack is supported by an awesome group of mentors from a wide range of disciplines who’ve volunteered to provide assistance...
  • Microsoft Azure free passes

    Microsoft are offering Free $300 Azure passes There are just 50 up for grabs so be quick and have your team claim...
  • Mobile Development

    Device agnostic mobile web development If your project involves development for mobile devices you’ve got a choice to make: take a web-based...
  • Data Science

    Whilst you’re not allowed to actually work on your project until the weekend of GovHack itself, that doesn’t mean you can’t be...
  • Data Science

    Making your hacking more productive So by now you’ve got your project idea taking shape, and have probably thought a little about...
  • Project Hosting

    We’ve already spoken about how you can submit your project source materials, but you’ll more than likely also need a place to...
  • Tabular data

    Working with tabular data At its simplest, tabular data is data that is stored in rows and columns (hence the name “tabular”...
  • Unstructured Data

    Unstructured data covers much of the data you will come across - from data buried in PDFs and web sites, to mining...