Happy hacking at #GovHackBNE and #GovHackMEB

AURIN participated in GovHack, a National competition that brings over 1800 people together to innovate, collaborate and apply their creative skills to hack open government data.

AURIN attended and sponsored prizes in Brisbane and Melbourne, encouraging hackers to innovate, create, and compete!

GovHack celebrates technical and creative capacity, opens the door to  collaboration with governments, and has helped to advance the cause of open data to drive social and economic value.


In Brisbane we partnered with QCIF (the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation) in our challenge to competitors to use data innovatively or posit how they might improve data gathering/accessibility. We challenged competitors to use open data in a fresh and innovative way that supports AURIN’s mission to improve life in urban settlements.

Crossing disciplines such as transport, health, housing, liveability and environment, AURIN breaks down the silos of urban research supported by eInfrastructure provided by QCIF.  Competitors were also challenged to devise a way to source data that can be fed into AURIN/QCIF for use by the Urban Research Community. This was for projects that collects data or improves/eases accessibility of data for urban researchers working to improve our urban settlements.

Entries could be anything from building an app to telling a story or creating a visualisation. Competitors could combine health and transport data, or education outcomes and pet names, or combine historical or cultural information with urban tree and waterway health data.

For data sourcing, competitors could develop an app that crowd sources data about footpaths or location information of services, or a system to harvest information from social media on volunteer activities of people that could ultimately measure active citizen participation rates in cities. The possibilities were endless!

Some fantastic entries for this GovHackBNE prize include:

Project NAYA – Disaster Relief Intelligence

Many government open-data provides geo-located info useful for disaster relief: real time fire hazard, tide and others. We see that these data can be integrated with mobile phones and other personal devices which has been proven to save lifes. project Naya integrate these two source of information to make disaster relief efforts.


BrisAccess is a one-stop solution for people with disabilities to go out and about in Brisbane and SouthEast Queensland.

How’s My Suburb?

A web-based platform which allows users to view on suburbs regarding on topics such as public transport availability, crime data, near hospitals and internet speed and availability information. The aim of this project is to create a singular website where a user who is looking to move to a suburb can see information regarding the suburb to help them find where they want to live.

See all the entries here.



In Melbourne AURIN also sponsored a prize for competitors to use data innovatively or posit how they might improve data gathering/accessibility.  Many fantastic teams have entered the running for the AURIN Prize, including:

Safety Net 

A website designed to ease communication between homeless or at risk people and the services designed to help them.

By geocoding data for charitable support services, we can provide an easy to use information source that will allow the newly homeless or at risk to  find the appropriate services easily, thus minimising the danger that they will become trapped with the disadvantages of street life.

With a few minutes and an Internet connection, they will be able to find the people that can assist in getting them back on their feet.

Greening Space Victoria

Using Melbourne Water land to create more green spaces in Victoria.

Stemming off the Greening Space Melbourne, GS Victoria looks at how we can utilise the Melbourne Water land to increase environmental sustainability and accessibility.

We look at how we can ‘green’ Victoria through using the Melbourne Water’s land to better facilitate biodiversity, land revegetation and community engagement

Postcode Battle 

Now you can fight your suburb against that of your friends! Using our database built from state and national data, we select all the attributes in which your suburb is more awesome than that of your mates.

We present them in a easily understandable way. Now you have real data to prove that your suburb is absolutely the most awesomest! Get battling!!

See all the entries here.

We look forward to seeing how these projects develop over the next 4-6 weeks before judging and prize giving at the end of August.

Happy Hacking Everyone!