Intersect hosted 60 developers in its office over the weekend 31 May – 2 June 2013 as part of the first national GovHack. Nationally the competition involved over 1000 participants, 130 competition entries and the $170,000 in prize money.
Intersect, Apps for NSW, the NSW Department of Trade and Investment and the Dictionary of Sydney offered 8 prizes including “Greatest Potential for Research Impact”, “Best use of NSW data” and an Intersect Internship
“Intersect was delighted to sponsor and host this event” said Intersect CEO Dr Ian Gibson. “We are also thrilled that GovHack Sydney is aligned with Vivid Sydney: LIGHT, MUSIC & IDEAS”.
Event coordinator Pia Waugh, said, “With over 700 hackers undertaking over 10,000 hours of development, this is by far Australia’s largest partner program for government research and development”.
The event has proven itself to be more than a competition. It is now a serious engagement opportunity for government and citizens alike. Multiple models of funding were used for prizes, and different types of prizes include mentorship, internships and entrepreneurial prizes.
Projects from GovHack 2013 are online at http://hackerspace.govhack.org/. Anyone can register on the HackerSpace to vote for their favourite hack(s).
Winners were announced on Thursday 6 June via live stream available on www.govhack.org.
Intersect is planning a local prize giving ceremony, details TBA.