This is Melbourne main GovHack event, held right in the CBD at the amazing ThoughtWorks office. We expect around a 100 people to attend.

Venue Details

Event Host
Matthew Cengia - email

Level 23, 303 Collins Street, Melbourne

Open/Close times

Friday 29th July
06:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Saturday 30th July
08:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday 31st July
08:00 AM – 07:00 PM

Catering TBA closer to the event. Some light meals will be provided, but participants may need to bring some of their own snacks.

Building accessibility

This venue has lift access and is wheelchair accessible. The door to the street requires a key card for entry, but we’ll have somebody downstairs to let people in during peak times, and a phone number you can call outside of that.


Child care will be available from 9am-4pm on Saturday and 9am-3pm on Sunday (possibly finishing closer to 5pm, depending on what we can manage). We will not be offering childcare for children 0-2 years old. Children 3-5/6 years old will have their own space in venue with room for 3-6 children – two carers. Children 6/7-12 years old will have their own space in venue with room for 5-10 children – two carers. We will be providing suitable entertainment as recommended by our childcare providers. We would also ask for your understanding that when all places are taken, we will not ask our childcare workers to stretch themselves. Depending on levels of demand, first in best dressed is probably how we will run it. Parents are expected to stay on site while their child is in childcare – this is not a drop zone for your shopping expedition.

Under 18 participants

At this Venue you must be accompanied by a Guardian at all times.

Last call for public transport

We are in the Melbourne CBD, one block from Flinders Street, so please check the PTV website or Google for the latest public transport departure for your train/tram/bus line.


There are various parking spots in the Melbourne CBD, mostly requiring a ticket.

Local Prizes

Prizes that only participants at Melbourne Official can compete for!

How can City of Melbourne data be used to help businesses make better decisions? (City of Melbourne)

The City of Melbourne has data that could be helpful for new and existing businesses to make better informed decisions, including data relating to location, new development, pedestrian activity, mobility and leisure. However this information is not readily accessible in a seamless and easily digestible way. How can the City of Melbourne; · Make this data accessible to the business community to inform their strategic decisions regarding location. · Improve the way in which City of Melbourne collects information about business activity in the city.

How can City of Melbourne make sure women have access to information about the services support groups and mainstream services that are available to them? (City of Melbourne)

Women find it difficult to access information about the services available to them, especially mainstream services. How can City of Melbourne provide easy and appropriate access to the Safe and Inclusive spaces for women service directory? Concurrently, service directories are notoriously difficult datasets to keep up to date. How can City of Melbourne ensure their service directory data is accurately reflects the services that are available to women who may be experiencing family violence? There are numerous services in the City Of Melbourne and surrounding suburbs designed to assist women who are experiencing or at risk of violence and other related issues. However, while many women could benefit from accessing these services, they don’t identify with being a victim of domestic violence or other negatively perceived labels and hence many find accessing these services at best frustrating and at worst, traumatising. In addition there are many mainstream services and activities that are open to the public that women have identified they would like to use and would find helpful. However, consultations with women and professionals from community organisations have identified that the ability for women to access information about these services and activities is patchy.

How can City of Melbourne work with the community to develop a better understanding of the city’s biodiversity? (City of Melbourne)

How can City of Melbourne work with the community to deliver the cityís mission to protect and enhance nature (blue and green ecosystem and biodiversity) in the city, which are vital for the liveability and resilience of Melbourne? Specifically, how can we foster communityís enthusiasm in urban biodiversity using Melbourne BioBlitz data and empower the community to co-manage the urban nature with us using citizen science? For instance, can the community help us monitor biodiversity more accurately in a changing climate? Or how can they use the collected biodiversity data for their own daily decision making? Little things like what plant to be planted in their backyard or which local parks/reserves to go this weekend for the most wonderful butterfly watch?

Melbourne's Ecology (City of Melbourne)

How can we improve the way we collect and share information about Melbourne’s ecology?

State Prizes

Prizes that all participants in Victoria can compete for!

De Identification (Victorian Government - Dept Justice and Regulation and the Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection)

How might we find ways of unlocking value in data without compromising privacy? The Victorian Government recognises the benefits from enabling public access to government data, but not all data is suitable for release. For example, government agencies such as Births, Deaths and Marraiges Victoria (BDM) hold a wealth of data that is extremely valuable, but also extremely private. This challenge is about finding new ways to unlock some of that value without exposing sensitive personal information. One way that this might be done is through de-identification - the release of a modified dataset stripped of any identifying information. But de-identification is hard, and always carries a risk that the data can be combined with other public information sources to re-identify the underlying individuals. Another approach might be to design a system that lets people explore or visualise the data in such a way that information about individuals can never be accessed. Maybe you can think of other approaches. BDM has provided a set of ‘dummy data’ for you to play with. We want you to come up with innovative new ways for BDM to open up their data to the public without compromising Victorians’ privacy.

Faces of Family Violence (Victorian Government - Dept Premier and Cabinet)

How might we use the information from the Family Violence Royal Commission submissions to better understand the factors that will reduce family violence? Family violence is a major issue in our community. The Victorian government held a Family Violence Royal Commission. The Commission released over 200 recommendations. A number of people and organisations told their story to the commission. The objective of this challenge to is to find ways of expanding the reach of these submissions and helping to gain better understanding of factors that will reduce family violence.

Geelong Into the Future (City of Greater Geelong (CoGG) - Planning, strategy and urban growth)

The best hack that assists with making planning and investment decisions for Geelong over the next 30 years. Governments have many options for how places can grow and change. Tough questions need to be answered – should the city grow up or out, which neighbourhoods should change and which areas should stay the same, what services will the future communities need? As Geelong is developing there is a need for long term planning so that government can make smart decisions about how to invest in a sustainable city for years to come. The hack could include information about which areas have the best access to services, which areas are changing over time, which areas have the least restrictions on future development, what should the future city look like, jobs of the future, or future transport services.

Geelong Open Data - Creative Challenge (City of Greater Geelong (CoGG))

This is the challenge without definition. We want you to do something that no one has thought of. This hack encourages your creativity to come up with Apps, websites or solutions that encourages innovation and future development possibilities. Prizes will be judged on creativity, the problem solving capability of the hack and even potential commercialisation opportunities. Current community challanges: Understanding how residential land size influence nuisance type (barking dogs, smoke music noise), Encouraging Geelong youth to particpate in youth activities and things of interest across Geelong. Supporting a civic society in Geelong such as ‘community support phone tree’ or similar, for extreme heat or other weather event days for the Elderly, At Risk People. Does Street Lighting and CCTV cameras improve safety in a City?

Thermal Correction Challenge (City of Greater Geelong (CoGG) - Spatial Information Unit)

A specific task that looks to correct inconsistencies in the Thermal Imagery Conditions dataset and produce a more accurate dataset for future publication.

Journey Plannning (Victorian Government: VicRoads and PTV)

Help me to discover travel options that suit my needs - choice before travelling. VicRoads and PTV are committed to improving travel conditions for Victorians and providing safe and reliable journeys, this includes enabling travel choice that integrate all modes and options. This should include consideration of: factors will impact selected travel choice (knowing what could influence my plans whilst travelling); choice of mode; choice of route ( e.g.: scenic routes, environmentally friendly route, less crash-prone route, fastest route etc.); costs associated with travel; integrated travel mode (e.g. car and train); shared transport (e.g. car pooling, uber etc).

Local Government Spatial Data Bounty (Victorian Local Government Spatial Reference Group)

The Victorian Local Government Spatial Reference Group (LGSRG) would like to encourage Govhack participants to utilise three specific datasets that are published to data.gov.au. The datasets are: 1) Garbage/ rubbish collection rounds ie my rubbish bin night; 2) Playgrounds; 3) Places that I can/ cannot let my dog exercise on/off lead. The LGSRG is currently running a challenge for all Victorian Councils to publish open data starting with one or all of these datasets. The datasets should be published using the data standards set out under the Open Council Toolkit https://opencouncildata.org/ The LGSRG has sponsored a Govhack prize for the best example utilising one or more of these data.

Map my Library (Geelong Regional Libraries Corporation (GRLC))

Hack needs to use datasets from multiple Councils in Victorias south west region. A good hack often covers multiples towns states or even countries. Local Government in the Southwest of Victoria have made a concerted effort to release more open data, but the proof of value is ever present. This presents an opportunity to use common Local Government data mashed up with State and other datsets to deliver a regional outcome.

MAV Technology Bounty (MAV Technology)

An award for the best hack that integrates Victorian data from local, State and federal government sources, and/or makes use of any of the following: rural and regional local government data; animal registration and management data; local government data to assist older citizens in accessing council services and facilities; tree data.

Parks Vic -Experience (Victorian Government - Parks Victoria)

How might we improve discovery of Victoria’s national parks, what they have to offer and enhance the experiences of visitors? Healthy Parks, Healthy People. This challenge seeks to bring parks closer to Victorians.

Parks Vic -Wilson's prom (Victorian Government - Parks Victoria)

For the best hack that uses Wilsons Prom data. The Prom is one of Victoria’s most-loved places. At the southernmost tip of mainland Australia, it offers spectacular scenery of huge granite mountains, open forest, rainforest, sweeping beaches and coastlines. Parks Victoria have a large amount of data and digital assets on the Prom that could enhance the experience of visitors. Perhaps an interactive experience for visitors Wilsons Prom or other ways to engages people in nature tourism?

The Regional Challenge (City of Greater Geelong (Digital Geelong))

Hack needs to use datasets from multiple Councils in Victorias south west region. A good hack often covers multiple jurisdictions. Local Government in the Southwest of Victoria have made a concerted effort to release more open data, but the proof of value is ever present. This presents an opportunity to use common LG data mashed up with State and other datsets to deliver a regional outcome. Anything goes for this Hack.

The Urban Forest (City of Greater Geelong (CoGG) - Parks and Gardens)

The best hack that assists with identifying and informing the best value for Councils Tree Planting programs. The Urban Forest Strategy expands on the concept of City in a Park, which is focussed on Geelong’s CBD, to enhance the public and private tree population in all of the suburbs and townships across Greater Geelong. The sum of all these trees and associated vegetation is called the urban forest. Hacks could include developing a best value tree planting program based on a detailed analysis on priority hotspots for tree planting, defining the progress of the strategy by identifying Geelong’s Coolest Suburb, or what is the coolest way to travel by improving connectivity between green areas to allow people to travel along shadier streets on hot days.

Vic Map Features of Interest (Victorian Government - Dept. Land, Environment, Water and Planning)

A prize for the best reuse of the ‘Features of Interest’ dataset (e.g. to families, community groups etc). Can you help people locate facilities around them? DELWP provides a dynamic database of features and sub features such as education centres, community venues, care & emergency facilities.

Victorian War Heritage Inventory (Victorian Government - Veterans)

A prize for the best reuse of data from the Victorian War Heritage Inventory. The Victorian War Heritage Inventory is the record of physical war heritage across Victoria (war memorials, honour rolls, significant sites etc). Suggestions include providing access in a more accessible and interactive way, improving community access to the information, collecting new content and records from the public, or sharing stories of significant war heritage in the State.

Waste Management (Victorian Government: Sustainability Victoria)

How might we use data to better track and quantify the flows of waste and enable better planning and investment? As Victoria’s population increases, there is greater need to minimise and better manage our waste to create more sustainable communities. Mapping and quantifying the flows of waste data would provide evidence for forecasting and planning future infrastructure needs for the state. Industry, local and state government would find this particularly useful given the state infrastructure plan’s purpose and its influence on determining future waste facilities in Victoria.

Official State Datasets

Datasets from all over Victoria. Check out the official datasets list for much more!


News Corp Content API (CAPI)

NewsCorp uses the resources of thousands of staff journalists, photographers and editors in Australia and a larger network of journalists worldwide to produce many thousands of distinct stories and images every day. These yarns are created in systems that don’t just support web sites - they mu...

City of Greater Geelong

Biodiversity Data - Greater Geelong

Information about different biosite areas across the Geelong region. Each site has unique flora and fauna associated plus other relevant attributes.

Built Environment Inventory - Greater Geelong

The Built Environment Inventory data show the accessibility of lifestyle amenities and potential health pitfalls.

Employment by Sector - Greater Geelong

Number of jobs per industry sector and percentage of total sector. A comparison between regions: Greater Geelong, G21, Victoria.

Flood Extent - City of Greater Geelong

‘Flood Extent’ shows the extent of the largest recorded historical flood event or estimated 1% Annual Exceedance Probability (AEP) design flood event. Quality of data varies from high quality with floodmapping from detailed flood studies (eg Barwon River) to low quality where flood extent has ...

Geelong Thermal Imagery

Thermal Imagery was captured in Jan 2013, the data displays an anomaly in that general surface temperatures increase from west to east. We are looking to correct inconsistencies in the Thermal Imagery conditions dataset and produce a more accurate dataset for future publication.

Population Projections - Greater Geelong

Forecasts of Geelong’s population growth for the next 50 years. The data shows a breakdown of both resident and private dwelling information and breaks this down by suburb.

Powercor Public Lights - City of Greater Geelong

The Powercor Public Lights show over 24,000 lighting locations, Watts Ratings and Lamp Type for the City of Greater Geelong.

Tourism Value Added - Greater Geelong

A comparison between regions: Greater Geelong, G21, Victoria.

Trees - Greater Geelong

Points describe the locations of street and park trees in the City of Greater Geelong. Attributes describe the tree species, age, size, and health.

Geelong Regional Libraries

GRLC library Collection by branch - City of Greater Geelong

This dataset lists number of items available in each library branch

Local Data Portals

Major government data portals run by your local governments and sponsors. Check out the official datasets list for much more!

City of Melbourne

The data portal for all City of Melbourne data.

State Data Portals

Major government data portals from all over Victoria. Check out the official datasets list for much more!

City of Ballarat

The data portal for all City of Ballarat data.

City of Geelong

The data portal for all City of Geelong data.

City of Melbourne

The data portal for all City of Melbourne data.

Wyndham City Council

The data portal for all Wyndham City Council data.


The data portal for all VIC Government data.

Local Mentors

Alica Daly

Head of Patent Analytics – IP Australia

Andrew Yu

Senior Client Technical Specialist – IBM

Andrtew Minard

Hydrogeologist – Golder Associates

Byron Holde

Client Executive - Victorian Government and Universities – IBM

Caroline Raj

Segment Marketing Leader – IBM

Christina Ratcliff

Raster Processing Officer – Dept of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Clare Brazenor

Geospatial Team Leader, System Intelligence & Analytics – Department of Health and Human Services

Danielle Storey

CEO – Eastern Innovation Business Centre & Monash Enterprise Centre

Darren Baldyga

Data Governance Analyst – Parks Victoria

David Yip

Health Industry Technical Director – IBM

Emma Francis

Senior Patent Analyst/Patent Examiner – IP Australia

Farzad Khodadadi

Software Engineer – University of Melbourne

Frederick Bensia

Graduate Consultant – IBM

Geraldine Karla

Information Officer for the Vicmap Data Team – DELWP - Land Victoria (seconded to LUV)

Greg Gough

Manager DataVic Access Policy Implementation – Department of Treasury and Finance

Jason Kermode

Technical Consultant – IBM

Johan Pang

Consultant – IBM

Maoyuan Liu

Forecast Systems Programmer – bom

Matt Heggie

Area Manager - Agencies, Key Accounts, Victorian Government & Automotive – Newscorp

Mulvina Rowe

Project Manager – IBM

Peter Tunnacliffe

Intelligence Analysts – Australian Taxation Office

Rafe Benli

Project Officer – DELWP - Office of Geographic Names

Seema Srivastava

Vic Census Team – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Shaila Pervin

Research Staff Member – IBM

Suzanne Slegers

Data Services Architect – Bureau of Meteorology

Tam Chau

Senior Patent Analyst – IP Australia

Tennessee Leeuwenburg

Scientific and Predictive Software Lead – bom

Zuben Rustomjee

Business Transformation Consultant – IBM

State Mentors

Alastair Lansley

Lecturer, Mobile Applications – Federation University Australia

Brendan Sainsbury

Senior Web Solutions Architect – Intermediary Contracting

Clare Bunworth

Business Survey Project Manager – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Daniel Grbac

Information Designer – Australian Taxation Office

David Adams

Manager, Environment Information Services – DELWP

Fiona Sullivan

Consultant - Future Innovation and Creativity – The Future - Sustainable Business Models, Us and earth....

George Mansour

Spatial Data Distribution – DELWP

Imogene McKinnon

Manager – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Jennifer Masters

Associate Partner, Vic Gov and Health Accounts – IBM

Josie Bailey

Team Leader Web Data Services – DELWP

Mathew Christison

Team Supervisor – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Michael Sync (Soe Htike)

Senior Developer – Readify

Michael Tran

Comunications officer – Australian Taxation Office

Milan Kapasi

Senior Software Engineer – DeakinDigital

Nigel O'Keefe

Geospatial Analyst/Programmer – DHS

Shahed kamal

CEO – CollabHero

Su-Lin LIM

GIS Consultant – DELWP

Suraj Pandey

Cloud Data Services Technical Leader, Australia and New Zealand – IBM

Tonia Duggan

Key Account Manager – Newscorp

Trent Hobley

Web Data Services Officer – Department of Environment Land Water and Planning

Victor Ramanauskas

Application Developer – City of Ballarat

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