Participant Handbook Hackerspace intro 2016



Hackerspace is the Official GovHack competition submission site for GovHack 2016.

Hackerspace is used in the competition to :

  • Registration of all members of the team as a separate user (mandatory)

  • Tool to create and submit Team Project page which capture all element of your competition entry

  • Judges portal to view and judge validated project pages submitted for each prizes category.

  • Webportal to showcase and share GovHack 2016 Project entries

Competition Portal

All information relating to the competition is available from GovHack website portal available at including

  • Competition handbook

  • Competition rules

  • Judge Criteria

  • Official Datasets that must be used

  • Data mentors

Before submitting

Prior to submitting an entry in Hackerspace it is requirement that you read the GovHack Competition Rules which sets out:

  • What you can submit as a Hack

  • Submitting your entry

  • Using open data

  • Eligibility for prizes

  • Nature of Submission

  • Authorised materials

  • Right to remove

  • Disclaimer

Brief overview of competition

  • GovHack

You MUST have all parts of your competition entry submitted by 5:00pm Local time.

* A descriptive project page  

* Prize categories nominated 

* Official Open Data reused - URLs  

* Evidence Repository URL  

* Video URL 

* Demo URL** **(Optional)

A descriptive project page must be created for each project

* Team members and Team Captain

* Project Description

* An image that best captures your concept e.g a logo or Image.

* Nominate Prize Categories - nominate for multiple prizes and from all levels of competition  that you can view including International, National, Regional and Local prizes.Check you fulfill any special Prize category eligibility criteria such as a specific datasets.

* Nominate for Team awards available this year.

Record data used

Fill in the Dataset URL for each and explain how this data was used in your entry. Only records of datasets predominantly used is required. For each prize category you nominate make sure you check for any specific data reuse eligibility requirements. This field will be used to validate the eligibility of your entry.

Evidence Repository URL

This is your proof of concept.** You must provide evidence of your work over the weekend any code, graphics,plans, drawings, mashups, applications, website URLs, models, photos of each stage to create your artistic representations. Submit a link to a digital repository such as a google folder or a Source code URL such as GITHUB **(Mandatory)

  • ** A maximum 3 minute Video entry - (Must submit actual Video URL not link to another website) **This a video pitch of your entry that tells a story of how you have reused data. The video should demonstrate your hack concept, the benefits or value the concept could achieve and where possible introduce your team. The most common method is to use a screencast, with a voice-over narration.

  • Note: Judges will stop watching videos after 3 minutes (Mandatory).

  • **Demo URL **( Optional) If judges are able to see and play with it that is useful, but this is a minor component of the judging.

Timeframes to register and submit:

  • 7pm Friday Local time – Hackerspace opens and prize categories are announced for your region

  • 12pm Saturday Local time-all competitors must register as a user on Hackerspace.

  • 5pm Saturday Local time – A Team Project Page and your prize category nomination must be completed in Hackerspace. Record all your team members on your project page and the URL to your evidence repository (proof of concept). No new projects pages can be created after this time. You are still able to edit your project page after this time.

  • 3pm sunday - finalise your project page including the URL of datasets and how you have used the data.

  • 4pm Sunday Local time – Your video should be finalised and a URL linking to your video created to load on your Project page. It may take some time for your video to load once you have started the process but get the URL entered on your page.

  • 5pm Sunday local time – You MUST have all parts of your competition entry submitted by 5:00pm Local time.

    • A descriptive project page

    • Prize categories nominated

    • Data used

    • Evidence Repository URL

    • Video URL

    • Demo URL** **( Optional)

Using Open Data

You will find the list of Official data available for the GovHack competition in the Official Datasets list. You must use at least one Official dataset to be eligible for prizes. Official Data includes individual datasets featured and all data discoverable on official Government data portals that are published on the Official Dataset list.

You will need to Record the URL of the most prominent data you have used on your Hackerspace project page. Remember judges love to see their data reused :)

For each prize category you enter, please check the eligibility requirements to see if any specific data needs to be reused to meet judges criteria. To maximize your chances to win National and Local prizes we recommend you mash up National and Local official data, giving you a chance in as many categories as possible.

Some datasets listed on data portals may have additional resources available with further information on how to use the data or other supporting material. You are encouraged to download and use these resources.

Several competition goals require entries must use at least one of the datasets provided for this contest, but you are free to use data from the official GovHack list or other datasets as long as their licensing terms permit usage for this purpose. You may also use any publicly accessible web services as long as it does not incur a financial cost to use (private and subscription APIs are prohibited due to licensing issues and barrier to entry).

Last updated: 2016-07-24T17:54:27.623Z