Transport for NSW is proud to sponsor GovHack 2017
In our second year, the Transport for NSW Open Data team will again be in force to help participants in understanding the data and trying to help solve some real transport related issues and problems.
Last year we challenged participants to look into how we can provide information to customers. This year... well this year it will be something different. We're not allowed to say until the competition opens but we can't wait to see what you come up with!
The Open Data hub has been updated in 2017 and we have a lot more datasets and an easier to use API setup than last year.
What is GovHack?
GovHack is an annual ‘hackathon’ competition where participants create things using open data. It is a volunteer run international competition and community development event, which brings together technology creatives and innovators from the private, public and government sectors with government data to explore and discover new ways to help create a better society. In 46 hours hackers form teams, identify problems to solve, build working prototypes, publish their code as open source, and make a short video showing what they did and why. Projects can include web, mobile or augmented reality applications, new analysis or even 3D printed visualisations to understand data and patterns.
Over the years GovHack has inspired governments across Australia to improve how they deliver their data, to make it easier for the public to understand how governments use revenues, and to focus more attention on delivering citizen centric services. More importantly, it has provided a sandbox to engage with the community and private sector to develop skills, capability and a new way of finding solutions.
How does it work?
Teams work together over 46 hours to explore, mash up, ideate and communicate concepts using open data. It’s a competition, and there are prizes, but GovHack is a friendly creative environment. The competition is broken down into state regions. The Transport for NSW Open Data team is proud to be gold sponsors for the NSW region.