Thanks for Hacking

GovHack, the annual open data competition, is over for another year. Stay tuned for State and National Award details.

This Year's Hacks Watch our pitches

Our Winners



Search Party

Best of Gold Coast & Entrepreneurs Award

A mobile application that co-ordinates the public in searching for missing persons.


Snap Ranger

Best Use of Gold Coast Data

The SNAP RANGER app aims to engage the local community with the Gold Coast wildlife.


Luke Thorpe

Spirit of GovHack

Luke took it upon himself to lead his team (to victory) and seek support where required, after he wasn't sure if he should take part due to his skill level.

Thanks to our Local Team

Responsible for organising the hack


Joshua Holmes


Josh is a serial volunteer, developer and peer mentor. His latest stint has been co-running Studio39.


Tanya Lipus

City of Gold Coast Liaison

Tanya has been in local government for over a decade, working to strengthen ties with industry.


Dr Jolon Faichney

Griffith University Liaison

Jolon is a senior ICT lecturer who runs Griffith's App Factory and a past GovHack Host.

Thanks to our Local Mentors

Helping our competitors out


Paul Morris


Paul brings more than 15 years of experience designing, building and teaching engaging and elegant digital user experiences.


Nathan Sanchez-Goodwin

Web & App Dev

Nathan brings years of web and application development experience to our mentor team.


Dr Kelvin Ross

Business Development

Kelvin has years of experience in software consulting for government, health, banking and retail amongst others.


Darren Santer

City of Gold Coast Data

Darren is currently Coordinator Digital Design and Data, leading a team of data scientists, data integrators and data architects.


Fernando Rangel

City of Gold Coast Data

Fernando has more than a decade's experience in GIS from both an applications development and sys admin level.


David Ives

Queensland Government Data

David is the Director of Digital Economy Development within the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation.


Angelique Richmond

Queensland Government Data

Angelique is the Principal Project Officer within the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation.


Jared Page

IBM Bluemix/Technical Dev

Jared works in the local IBM Development Lab and loves teaching people how to use Bluemix and seeing what they build.

Thanks to our Local Judges

Deciding upon our winners


Aaron Birkby

Entrepreneur In Residence, River City Labs

Serial entrepreneur, co-founder of Silicon Lakes and university advisor, Aaron brings a wealth of knowledge to our panel.


John Galvin

Enterprise Information Architect – Open Data, City of Gold Coast

John has worked with all levels of government. His latest work has been in information management and open data initiatives, especially in the context of smart cities.


Hunter Walkenhorst

Business and Innovation Manager, Griffith University

Hunter manages the commercialisation, IP and enterprise activities associated with the digital and creative industries portfolios.

Thanks to our Local Sponsors

Supporting the hack


City of GC

Venue Sponsor

Griffith Uni

In Kind

Digital Ocean
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