Challenges for Competition 2018

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Australian Capital Territory ACT GovHack Acceleration Award – sponsored by the ACT Government in partnership with the Canberra Innovation Network Canberra Innovation Network, ACT Government 7 What is life in Canberra? Best use of data to show an understanding of life in Canberra and a viable, creative and sustainable way to improve it (could be social, economic, environmental, or a combination) * The concept with the greatest potential by a team who wishes to move their solution forward, the prize is intended to help them in their journey
Victoria Activate Melbourne - A Prosperous City City of Melbourne 10 This challenge aims to simplify the steps taken to decide where a new business could be located, or where there is underutilised space in the city.
Australia A New Start DIIS 21 How can we improve the process of starting or growing a business? Using the Geocoded National Address File (G-NAF), and potentially using government business services from, what new ways of improving business prospects for new and existing businesses can be built?
Australia Australians' stories Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 34 What meaningful ways can we tell the story about what it's like to be an Australian, and in what ways some Australians live very different lives than others? How can we make people more aware of the issues facing themselves and others as they go through life? AIHW is the source of some of the most comprehensive data on the health and welfare of Australians; we want to help the Australian Government and all Australians be better informed about Australians’ health and welfare so they can make better decisions.
Victoria Ballarat Open Innovation Challenge City of Ballarat 5 Innovation comes through freedom and autonomy. How can we combine world data with Ballarat data to make something more? Innovation comes through freedom and autonomy. That is why we are putting you in the drivers seat. Use any City of Ballarat data, combined with data from anywhere in the world to come up with anything! Tell a story and be creative! Bonus points if you can make us laugh.
Northern Territory Best of Alice Springs NT Gov, Charles Darwin University 3 Best team out of Desert Knowledge Australia event in Alice Springs All round best team in Desert Knowledge Australia event in Alice Springs who appeared effective over the weekend, involved their whole team, and whose submission was clear and well structured.
Northern Territory Best of Darwin NT Gov, Charles Darwin University 4 Best team out of Darwin Innovation Hub event in Darwin All round best team in Darwin Innovation Hub event in Darwin who appeared effective over the weekend, involved their whole team, and whose submission was clear and well structured. Non-Youth teams considered for one prize, Youth Node teams considered for another prize.
Queensland Best use of Gold Coast Data City of Gold Coast, Griffith University 13 Best use of Gold Coast Data
Tasmania Best use of Local Council Data City of Launceston, City of Hobart 5 How can we best utilise Local Council data. Use Hobart City Council and/or Launceston City Council data and create a project to showcase this data.
Tasmania Best use of Tasmanian Heritage Data Tasmania DPC 5 How can we use datasets that focus on Tasmanian Heritage data to highlight Tasmania's Create a project that showcases Tasmanian Heritage data and brings it to life.
Tasmania Best use of Tasmanian Spatial Data Challenge Tasmania DPC 9 How can we use a Tasmanian spatial data to improve Tasmanian residents lives on a daily basis. To encourage contestants to analyse and put to best use of Tasmanian spatial data
South Australia Better Services - Citizens at the Centre South Australia DPC 17 How can we provide better services to South Australian citizens and businesses? Any project that supports the provision of better services to citizens and businesses of South Australia. This could be an app, a visualisation or any other innovative use of data to solve the problem.
Australia Bounty: Decision Support BOM 24 How can we make it easy to use weather and ocean data to our advantage? (e.g. when should you lay concrete, or go out yachtting or picnicking?) We are all faced with a lot of weather-dependent decisions each day, and we all need technology to make that easier. We face many decisions, both simple and complex, as individuals, groups, organisations and even governments. Examples could include planning a picnic, deciding whether to take an umbrella, or working out if it's a good day to lay concrete. Decision support can also include "big questions" such as how should we use our oceans, or how can we make better town planning decisions. This year’s bounty challenge is to take our data and make the very best system for decision support that you can! This year we are highlighting the verification dataset as well as our oceans data set. Feel free to think outside the box, but this could take the form of an app, quick ways to access or visualise data, linking of decisions to statistics or key inputs, or summarising the information used to support a decision. You are definitely welcome to use other data sets as a part of your challenge as well. If any of the other amazing datasets available for GovHack can be integrated with our weather or oceans data to support rich decision-making, that would be of interest. To support activities such as mapping, hydrology, and water, we also have geospatial and water balance data available via API. To get more detail on our data, take a look at []( Happy hacking from the team at the Bureau of Meteorology.
Australia Bounty: Finding all the like needles in the haystack IP Australia 5 We are looking for your best and brightest ideas to help us identify the same business applicant across datasets and over time
Australia Bounty: Industry meets Academia DIIS 12 How can we overcome the cultural differences between business and researchers to encourage innovation and collaboration? This prize will go to the best product that makes it easier for business and researchers to link up and collaborate.
Australia Bounty: Integrating AIHW Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 28 How can we integrate AIHW and other data sources in interesting ways? AIHW’s bounty prize will be awarded to the best entry showcasing the integration of AIHW data with other data sources. Both entries showing novel technical data mashups, and entries showcasing creative integrated data displays will be considered.
Australia Bounty: Is seeing truely believing? AFSA 28 How can we tell a story with visualisations, that speaks the truest representation of our data? Best visualisation of the impact of personal insolvencies at the state/territory or SA3 level. How do they interact with other data? For example, are there links with unemployment or house prices? We do very little analysis at the state/territory level at the moment but are about to start looking at this more, and also publishing more visual materials on our website to understand the average profile of someone who enters into an insolvency. Looking at external indicators at the state/territory level will be very useful both for this analysis and some of our Comms work.
Australia Bounty: Making open data more open. Data61 34 How can open data be presented on to make it easier and friendlier to use? Does this mean making it more similar to using standard search engines, like Google, or something else entirely? We're looking for creative, automated ideas for enhancing our catalogue that can be applied across a range of datasets to make them easier to search through and use. For example: automatically judging dataset quality, deriving searchable metadata (like geographic extent) from the data itself, new ways of visualising or summarising datasets, or upgrading existing data to better formats.
Australia Bounty: Mix and Mashup DTA 61 How can we combine the uncombinable? The best use of two or more data sets which seem to be completely unrelated to each other, but can be brought together to inform great solutions.
Australia Bounty: Q ANZAC 100 Challenge Queensland Government 5 How might we engage Queenslanders with Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation? A list of useful Queensland Government open datasets are tagged on - 11 November 2018 – 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 - Commemorating Queensland’s WW1 and Anzac history - Over 80,000 digitised images, diaries and manuscripts - Collecting WW1 diaries, letters, photographs and items for over 100 years [See more information](
Australia Bounty: Tax Help Centers ATO 21 Looking at how the ATO could use artificial intelligence or machine learning to locate the best locations for Tax Help Centers The ATO runs a Tax Help program for eligible individuals in need of assistance. Tax Help is a network of ATO-trained and accredited community volunteers who provide a free and confidential service to help people complete their tax returns online using myTax. Datasets containing Tax Help centre locations by postcode, plus information about the demographic profile of each centre are provided. A link has also been provided outlining the eligibility criteria for Tax Help. Find a way to verify if the ATO has optimised the location of Tax Help centres to benefit the intended clients. Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning approaches to your response are desirable – if you can demonstrate they add value over non-AI/ML approaches! ++ The ATO dataset already includes a sample of ATO taxation variables from the tax return data and a sample of ABS census variables , for every postcode in Australia for 2006, 2011, and 2016.
Australia Bounty: Unmasking the State / Territory employment data. DJBS 8 How can we unmask the hidden data behind the labour market in our states and territories? What does the Employment Fund expenditure or vacancy data reveal about State/Territory labour markets?
Australia Bounty: Visualise the Numbers Department of Finance 10 How can people better view data on GovCMS in visuals? Use the GovCMS maintained Drupal visualisation tools to create informative insights into Government Data: • - Drupal 8 - or • - Drupal 7 Your project must use Drupal for the visualisation of data. You may use other tools or components as part of your overall solution. Decoupled Drupal projects will also be considered as long as the project makes use of one of the GovCMS data visualisation modules. Any feedback you may have on the tools would be gratefully accepted. Bonus points for raising well-documented PRs against the module issue queues, or for submitting a patch.
Australian Capital Territory Business Canberra ACT Government 7 How do we make it easy for business to start, grow, employ and thrive? For example, imagine you are: * A small business owner wanting to know the cost of running a business * An investor wanting to know where to invest your money * An entrepreneur with a great business idea * An employee wanting to stay safe and healthy in the workplace
Northern Territory Business Possible NT Gov, Charles Darwin University 3 How to make business boom in the NT? Most innovative solution that would create economic benefit and/or commercially viable business opportunities within the NT. - consider the NT's Economic Development Framework - Growth categories and Developing categories. - consider current businesses in the NT, failed businesses in the NT, being able to identify their ANZSIC industry classification, being able to identify whether they were local or an office from another business in another state; - consider employment, consider unemployment, consider indigenous un/employment, consider youth un/employment, Opportunities in this category are boundless! :D
Victoria Can you beat a scammer at innovation? Consumer Affairs Victoria 3 How can different tools improve scam prevention? We are looking for your data-diving skills OR user insights OR digital prowess (AI, Machine learning, a fantastic set of IF functions) and anything else you have in your toolkit to provide us with new thinking around scam prevention. If you think you or your friends and family won’t be scammed, think again.
Australians lost $340 million due to scams in 2017. 
The amounts lost by an individual range from $1 to $10 million dollars.
What worse is it’s not just losing $$, there is a mental and emotional stress, plus the impact on your personal safety, security if a scammer has managed to get personal details such as DOB, email login, bank account login, address, driver’s license, passport number – it’s a terrifying list. Can YOU use data to stop an online scammer? Issue: Most people don’t think they will ever fall for a scam. At the same time, online scams are evolving very quickly. Aim: Use data to provide insights, identify online intervention points and/or possible digital solutions that could prevent users from falling for any type of online scam. Questions to consider when unpacking the data… 1. WHO is most susceptible to being scammed? 2. HOW do scammers incentivize users to part with their $$? 3. WHAT makes a user susceptible to scams? 4. WHAT online behavior can scammers exploit? 5. WHEN are online users most susceptible to being scammed? What are they doing online? 6. Are there platforms that are more susceptible to scammers than others? 7. WHAT are the vulnerabilities of scammers? How could this be exploited to prevent online scams?
Australian Capital Territory Caring Canberra ACT Government 9 How do we make Canberra the most inclusive city in Australia? For example, imagine you are: * A carer who needs information about services * Undergoing a disruptive life event and need assistance * Someone who wants to connect with the Indigenous history of our region * Someone looking for socially responsible ways to make Canberra a better place
Victoria Casey Movers and Shakers Award Successful Endeavours, City of Casey 8 How can we better target investment into road safety and network improvements in the City of Casey? This challenge is aimed at using open data to gain a better understanding of current road safety trends and the relationship between transport network performance and road safety in the City of Casey. Data could be used to query, analyse and visualise: * Road safety patterns in City of Casey and the comparison to other local government areas. * Correlations between road safety and network performance (such as volume/capacity ratio index). * Correlation of different crash factors (such as weather, road geometry, age) vs road congestion. * Comparison to other Growth Area Councils for correlation of crash patterns and network performance
New South Wales Chatbots are the Future Vesuvio 11 How can we effectively engage with open data using Chatbots?
South Australia City of Adelaide – the place to live work and play City of Adelaide 8 How can data show the world that Adelaide is the place to live, work and play? Adelaide is Designed for Life. We are growing the City of Adelaide as a prosperous and progressive place for businesses and people. Ten Gigabit Adelaide is rolling out, our Entrepreneurs are excelling and our retail and hospitality offering is the jewel in the state’s crown. We want you to use data to show the world that Adelaide is the place to live, work and play. You can find some of the datasets available showcased in our Economic Insights Dashboard at and but we encourage you to use any available data not just our own to showcase the City of Adelaide.
Queensland Community Disaster Challenge Queensland Government 4 How might we understand what makes communities strong in disasters? A list of useful Queensland Government open datasets are tagged on ( Available data describes ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘where’ ‘when’ and even ‘why’ a disaster occurred – but what about how communities and individuals were affected? How is resilience enabled by infrastructure, procedures and social factors? Rebuilding stronger, faster, sustainably and inclusively after disasters Story telling is a very powerful tool… [See more information](
Queensland Connected Communities Challenge Queensland Government 8 How can we help older Queenslanders to stay connected to the community to continue to live a fulfilling life? A list of useful Queensland Government open datasets are tagged on ( Queenslanders will live longer Social networks city vs. regional/remote areas Internationally loneliness is recognised as an emerging public health issue Local government areas with the highest proportion of people aged 65 years and older (Tablelands 20.6%, Hinchinbrook 23.5%, Flinders 20.4%, Bundaberg 21.6%, North Burnett 22%, South Burnett 20.4%, Frasier Coast 23.4%, Gympie 20.3%, Noosaville 21.7%, Southern Downs 21%) [See more information](
Northern Territory Connecting the health and fitness community in the CBD City of Darwin 5 Who needs to get fit? All of us! Darwin has many fitness enthusiasts who use the city and its various parks and equipment to complement their activities. City of Darwin believes technology and innovation can support our community to stay active throughout the year. Who needs to get fit? All of us! Darwin has many fitness enthusiasts who use the city and its various parks and equipment to complement their activities. City of Darwin believes technology and innovation can support our community to stay active throughout the year. What if there was a way to see what gym equipment is available using a mobile app? Can technology bring like-minded people together to coordinate their exercises? Is it possible to enhance our sense of community via the posting of city challenges, e.g. who has the fastest lap around the CBD? – tracked using street sensors to track times at each stage? What are the best spots to exercise at during the wet season? Don’t forget options to incorporate light activity into everyday tasks – why not get off the bus a stop earlier? Or look for a coffee shop that is further away? These are just ideas, can you think of a new direction? This challenge requires competitors to think outside the box to motivate people, make it easier to exercise and to have more fun while doing so. Bonus: The winner of this challenge may work with City of Darwin to apply for the 2018 Active Australia Innovation Challenge.
New South Wales Data4Good Altis 19 How can open data be used to make a social impact, contributing to the betterment of society? How can we improve prospects for children, and education, using open data? What sort of impact can be made on homelessness, mental health outcomes, or the environment, using open data? Data for Good is a movement that began in the US and has spread globally, Altis are looking to put a spotlight on this movement in Australia and encourage more individuals and organisations to get involved through sharing their expertise and or data. Data for Good, simply put, is a way for people to contribute to the betterment of society using their expertise in data science. Our aim is to empower social change by making data speak more clearly to those making decisions. We are looking for our award to be focused on using data to make a social impact on either a national or global scale. The social aspect could be broadly around the community generally, around children and education or the environment.
Australian Capital Territory Data as Art ACT Government 5 Awarded to the team who creates the most original piece of art using ACT Government data
South Australia Emergency Planning and Response 5 How can we better plan and respond to emergencies?
Australia Exploring the Oceans BOM, Defence 9 How can we use ocean data to better support decision making for how we use our oceans? What sort of information presentation could provide more effective understanding of ocean dynamics beneath the ocean surface over a period of time? Bluelink was established in 2001, as a partnership between CSIRO, Bureau of Meteorology, and the Royal Australian Navy, with the goal of developing an operational forecasting system for the global ocean circulation with an emphasis around Australia. The Bluelink ocean model has been combined with a data assimilation system that blends ocean observations of satellite altimetry, satellite sea-surface temperature, and temperature and salinity from floats and moorings. The resulting reanalysis, called BRAN, provides a time-varying picture of the ocean circulation over the past 20 years. This provides a rich dataset used in operational forecasting and can inform decision support tools used in various domains. While you may be used to seeing weather data presented as two dimensional maps the environment beneath the ocean can be quite different to what we see on the surface. The Challenge How can we use ocean data to better support decision making for how we use our oceans? What sort of information presentation could provide more effective understanding of ocean dynamics beneath the ocean surface over a period of time?
Australian Capital Territory First Hackers ACT Government 9 Awarded to the best project from a team of first-time hackers
Australian Capital Territory Future Canberra ACT Government 9 What does a sustainable, resilient and liveable Canberra look like – and what do we need to do to make that happen? For example, imagine you are: * A town planner looking for information on future developments * A transport planner looking for the most effective public transport routes * A resident wanting Canberra to be vibrant and liveable * A resident concerned about sustainability of households, suburbs and the city
Queensland Government Services Challenge Queensland Government 9 How might we better understand citizens' transaction preference and behaviours to make Queensland Government services easier to use? A list of useful Queensland Government open datasets are tagged on ( There are over 1,500 Queensland Government services 57% of Queenslanders say it is easy to carry out transactions with the Queensland Government On average Queenslanders access eight Queensland Government services annually Queensland Government customer channel preferences (57% online, 23% customer service centre, 7% phone, 5% post office, 4% mail) [See more information](
Victoria Growing Wyndham Wyndham City Council 15 This challenge aims to develop innovative new ideas to help plan for Wyndham as a growing city. Winning entry will be a best concept/product that is useful for the people of Wyndham.
Australian Capital Territory Healthy Canberra ACT Government 9 How do we keep our city, and our people, healthy? For example, imagine you are: * Wanting to ensure the health of our natural environment * Interested in reducing waste and increasing recycling * Looking for the best places to be active * Interested in ensuring everyone has access to healthy food choices
Australia Healthy Communities Challenge Queensland Government 49 How might we assist councils to build healthier and stronger communities? A list of useful Queensland Government open datasets are tagged on ( - $13.8 billion – estimated cost of physical inactivity on the Australian economy - Insufficient physical activity is one of the leading risk factors for death worldwide - Physical activity reduces the risk of disease - Physical activity provides mental and social benefits [See more information](
Victoria Helping the community realise we’re in their corner! City of Kingston 11 Local Government has lots of data, so how can we utilise the data we have, and the open data out there to tell the story of what we do, how we do it so well, and how this benefits the community, in ways that constituents will receive and understand? The average community member often has little understanding of what Local Government is and does – and Local Government has always made a good community ‘punching bag’. Amongst other things, this may be partly due to us not being able to promote/communicate our work well enough. But we also have one arm tied behind our back because it is not acceptable to the community for councils to spend lots of rate-payers money on marketing and self-promotion (“stop blowing your own trumpet and put this money into better services!” punch… punch…).
Queensland Immigration Challenge Queensland Government 3 How might we tell the stories of immigration to Queensland to learn from the past and inform the future? A list of useful Queensland Government open datasets are tagged on ( Immigration has influenced Queensland’s history and identity Immigration data shows how Queensland’s population has grown and changed Data from 1848 to inform decision making Unlocking stories can help Queensland thrive into the future [See more information](
South Australia Improving Response South Australian Country Fire Service 7 Best entry that assists CFS planning for and responding to incidents. South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) volunteers respond to a variety of incidents including bushfires, structure fires, road crash rescues, and hazardous material spills. Open data can play an invaluable role assisting CFS to effectively plan for and respond to these incidents. How can we best collate, display and share the information that is in a CFS operational management plan to aid volunteers responding to incidents? The information could include: Maps of roads and best routes Fuel stations Accommodation Catering - food and drink suppliers Location of other emergency services and police Medical facilities Aged care Schools Water sources Airports and landing sites Transport services Locations at high risk of bushfire impact
Queensland Indigenous Language for Youth University of Queensland 3 How can we work with Indigenous communities promoting languages and culture in a fun, engaging and playful way while being respectful to the culture?
Northern Territory Innovating parking in Darwin City City of Darwin 3 Parking in Darwin city is a hot topic! How do we find the balance between providing parking for workers, visitors and city residents? How can smart data help with parking, or encouraging other, greener modes of transport and access into the city? Parking in Darwin city is a hot topic! How do we find the balance between providing parking for workers, visitors and city residents? How much parking is enough? Can we ever have too much parking? And do we have enough? Should we pay for parking? Do we even need parking in a smart, connected city? Are we just committing to old modes of transport and is there a better way to improve the mobility and accessibility of our city for all people? City of Darwin is seeking innovative solutions to make visiting and parking in the CBD a breeze. This might be achieved through the development of smart systems (e.g. mobile app, street signage), by incentivising green transport modes (e.g. improved cycling routes or ride sharing) or by analysing datasets to discover pedestrian or traffic patterns.
Victoria Innovation space - A City Planning for Growth City of Melbourne 8 This challenge aims to showcase innovative new ways the city’s public space can be utilised and reimagined. Parking on the street temporarily rents public space. Could this space be reused in new ways that have greater benefits across the city? The primary goal is to imagine new ways on-street parking spaces can be utilised and potentially quantified.
Western Australia Lifestyle living Regional Development Australia Great Southern WA , GovHack Australia Limited 4 How can the economic and lifestyle advantages of working and living in regional centres be used to encourage urban people to consider moving to the regions? How do businesses gather sufficient information to make the decision to move or extend their business into regional areas, and/or how do individuals and potential employees understand the options available and make a lifestyle decision to move into regional areas
Queensland Litter Challenge Queensland Government 16 How might we prevent littering of fast food packaging? A list of useful Queensland Government open datasets are tagged on ( Fast food packaging is one of the most commonly littered items Litter impacts the environment and human health Litter is found in parks, streets, forests, waterways, beaches and oceans Cleaning up litter costs millions of dollars each year [See more information](
South Australia Lower Costs - Improving the Lives of South Australians South Australia DPC 4 How can we improve the lives of South Australians by lowering costs? Any project that will support the reduction of cost pressures for citizens and businesses of South Australia. This could be an app, a visualisation or any other innovative use of data to solve the problem.
Northern Territory Make Darwin the coolest city around City of Darwin 5 Both locals and visitors have many reasons to love Darwin, and a big reason being for its tropical weather. The Darwin climate is perfect for engaging in recreational activities on the water and in the outback. However, this same weather makes it difficult to enjoy visits into the Darwin CBD. Both locals and visitors have many reasons to love Darwin, and a big reason being for its tropical weather. The Darwin climate is perfect for engaging in recreational activities on the water and in the outback. However, this same weather makes it difficult to enjoy visits into the Darwin CBD. Temperatures in the city have been recorded as being higher than surrounding areas; this is possibly due to the presence of heat-absorbing carparks, roads and concrete. Feedback from our community showed cooling in Darwin city as a key priority in improving liveability. This challenge requires competitors to submit solutions to Darwin CBD’s temperature problem, consequently making activities and life in the city more enjoyable. Which areas in the city need cooling the most? Can the installation of smart shading or planting of additional greenery reduce temperatures? Which are the best routes through the city to avoid problematic areas?
Australia Matching Applicants IP Australia 8 How could the same business applicant be identified across multiple datasets, and over time? How could we do this in new, or interesting ways? IP rights data have duplicated records and misidentified businesses because applicants are inconsistent with providing their details. We also harmonise IDs for each dataset in isolation.
South Australia More Jobs - Empowering South Australia South Australia DPC 5 How can we create South Australian growth? Any project that will support economic growth in the state by the creation of employment opportunities and/or investment in businesses in South Australia.
Australia More than apps and maps: help government decide with data DTA 58 How can we combine data to help government make their big and small decisions? Government makes decisions every day—with long term consequences such as the location of a school, or on a small scale such as the rostering of helpdesk staff. Government bodies at local, state and national levels make many decisions each day. Sometimes these are decisions with long term consequences such as where to build a new school. But many are on a smaller scale such as how many people to roster on a phone helpdesk or where police should set up random breath tests. At the same time, governments are collecting data on everything from road use to public housing to recreational fishing areas. When combined, this data has the potential to help government make better decisions to deliver better services for people. You could find a data-driven solution to: Improve management of water in drought declared areas. Better target services and interventions to prevent family violence Redesign our cities to meet the needs of a future which includes autonomous vehicles, environmental changes due to climate change and more Improve services for retirees, pet owners, users of public transport — or all three! Your objective with this challenge is to combine data sets to make a decision for government which gives a positive outcome for people. This should be forward-looking - recommending to government where future investment should be made, or services provided. **What we are looking out for when we judge the entries** How persuasive is your entry? Have you proved your point? How will people benefit? How many people will benefit? How much is your solution likely to cost? Does this match the potential benefits? We will be looking for innovation: How have you presented your entry — is it simple and clear, have you given us more than data shown on a map? Have we seen data used in this way elsewhere? Have you transformed the data by improving it, cleaning it or linking it to other data sets? If you have a user interface, is it intuitive? Does your data fit into a policy narrative? Is your solution transferable and scalable, could it be be used by other government agencies or areas?
Queensland Most Commercially Viable Project Fishburners Brisbane 12 Most Commercially Viable Project The prize for this project is 2x1 month membership at the Fishburner Coworking Space in Brisbane.
Tasmania Most Commercial Potential Tasmania DPC 7 How can we showcase Tasmanian Data, and create something that could go on to be Commercial success. Create something, anything that you believe could go on to have Commercial success. Must use Tasmanian Data in some form or another.
Western Australia Most creative use of WA data award Make Place, GovHack Australia Limited 5 This challenge aims to champion the creative use of Western Australian data. GovHack is an opportunity to foster collaboration and cross-pollination across people of all backgrounds and ideas. The winning entry will feature out of the box thinking and be a testament to the diverse ways data can be utilised.
Western Australia Most innovative award Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, GovHack Australia Limited 8 This an open challenge to recognise the use of data in an innovative way that was unexpected and challenges the common use of data
Tasmania Most outstanding Tasmanian Benefit Tasmania DPC 10 How can we use data to benefit residents of the state. Take any data and use it to create something that will benefit the residents of Tasmania in some way or another.
Australian Capital Territory My Canberra ACT Government 13 How do I learn about, and connect with, my city, my suburb or my neighbourhood? For example, imagine you are: * Starting a family and need information * Interested in services for children and young people * Wanting to have your voice heard on issues affecting you, your family and your city * Interested in local events and want to be safe when you go out
Victoria My (Liveable) Victoria Victoria DPC 17 Using the data available on Data Vic and My Victoria, how might well-being be represented and measured in Victoria? With Victoria’s population growing at an unprecedented rate, increased fears of crime, and Melbourne getting knocked off its perch as the world’s most liveable city, it’s time to get a good look at life as a Victorian. Datasets and Tools: Health stats (smoking, diabetes); Interstate and international travel; Recreation; Mortgage stress; Crime statistics; Proximity to green space; Employment; Access to health services; Air quality
Victoria My (re-cycled) Victoria Victoria DPC 5 How might Victoria lead the way in how Australians recycle their waste through local initiatives that monitor waste outputs and drive initiatives to re-use/re-purpose recyclable materials? Now that management of recyclable materials will no longer be pushed off-shore, how might we improve waste management practices and stimulate local community economies to reduce landfill, reduce waste service costs and repurpose materials?
Victoria My Victoria: Supporting small business making big decisions Victoria DPC 12 Where are the best places for certain business types to be based? Where you choose to open a business plays a big role in whether you succeed or fail in small business. Many business owners make these decisions based on gut-feel or by doing extensive desk-research. Data sources and tools: My Victoria is a new open data platform that provides small businesses mapping and data services at the suburb and LGA level. The My Victoria API provides data including population, income, industry, buildings, transport, schools and hospitals. Using any dataset on data.vic and the My Vic platform show us how certain businesses might be best placed or revitalise certain suburbs? Are there certain trends in areas that allow us to see what new types of businesses Victorians might start?
Victoria Navigating construction disruption - A City For People City of Melbourne 6 This challenge aims to ease the ability for people to plan and navigate walking routes through the city. The temporary pedestrian routes established to accommodate construction activities are often difficult to use for people requiring mobility support. These zones usually do not have the surfaces, ease of street-to-footpath transition or navigational support normally found in footpath/street areas. Streetscapes are also often crowded at different times of the day.
Northern Territory New Engaging Ways to connect to upcoming NTG Open Data Portal NT Gov, Charles Darwin University 3 The NTG is building a traditional open data portal, but how can it be used to its fullest potential? The NTG is building a traditional open data portal, but how can it be used to its fullest potential? It is thought that new engagement methods will help public users understand the data creator’s/supplier’s and NTG’s thoughts around campaigns, initiatives, and projects and where the open data fits in and can be utilised. Design new engagement methods for open data portal users, to pitch to NTG Office of Digital Government (ODG). The engagement methods should do something new, innovative, or never-been-done-before to connect to, use or interact with open data. This could be a new UI, new visualisations, AR/VR/XR, an interactive AI bot for the NT perhaps! Anything is possible. Supporting link: (Visual vocabulary) Bonus: Winners may be able to pitch their concept to NTG Office of Digital Government (ODG). Supporting
South Australia New Insights into Data South Australia Department for Education 6 How can Department for Education (SA) data be used to create innovative and new views of education-related information for South Australia? What new insights can we find by visualising Department for Education data in new ways?
South Australia New Insights into Data (Youth) South Australia Department for Education 6 How can Department for Education (SA) data be used to create innovative and new views of education-related information for South Australia? What new insights can we find by visualising Department for Education data in new ways?
Australia OneGov Infosys 10 How can we leverage transformative digital technology concepts (smart cards, mobile apps, NFC) and expand on the concept behind MyGov's centralised Government service architecture to promote self-service capabilities for other commercial organisations? How can we expand on the concept behind MyGov in bringing the services of Government agencies (Federal, State, Local) together under “one roof”. Many commercial organisations are going through digital transformations to promote self-service capabilities. Can Government leverage some of the transformative digital technology concepts such as smart cards and mobile apps using NFC in providing a solution? Most Australian adults will have a Medicare Card and Driver’s License in their wallet or purse – neither of these use the aforementioned technology. And many of us carry a number of other cards, licenses and so on that relate to various government agencies across the nation, examples of which include: - Veteran’s Card - Pension Card - Seniors Card - Fishing License - Boating License - Government registrations (e.g. registered building practitioner) - Travel Cards (e.g. Opal, Myki) There is currently no single mechanism where citizens can bring these Cards, Licenses, Registrations (and so on) together, so we continue to have overcrowded purses and wallets as a consequence. How can we take a “One Government (OneGov)” approach to bringing these things together. Could smart card technology be used to store the required information associated with the cards in existence today? What about mobile apps and NFC? It is envisaged that the solution would be voluntary (to any avoid privacy/big brother concerns), so think about how people will register the various services on the card/app. And how would the various government agencies interact with the solution (e.g. open API/Microservices)? Use any of the available data sets, from any of the government departments to aid you in your solution. Good Luck!
Australia On your mark, get set, start-up! DJBS 8 How do startups have the potential increase job demand in the long term?
Queensland Out of the Box - New take on data for regional development CQUniversity 11 Use an existing data set outside its normal context to both display and encourage innovate solutions to regional problems and promote and foster regional economic development. Objective: To encourage regional entrepreneurs to utilise existing datasets to access or provide goods and services that contribute to improved regional employment opportunities. Examples: Provision and translation of relevant environmental/meteorological data or forecasts which will improve efficiency and safety and or reduce detrimental impacts of agricultural activities Provision and translation of relevant demographic/economic data which will assist in the targeting of government services to regional constituents. Provision and translation of relevant demographic/economic data that can be used to assist in the marketing or product development phase to assist in the establishment sustainable and profitable enterprises or commerce in diverse regional communities. The use of data to boost the efficiencies of rural and regional enterprises enabling them to compete with metropolitan centres. The combining of both terrestrial and marine related data sets to facilitate either social, environmental or commercial outcomes.
Western Australia People in motion VenuesWest, GovHack Australia Limited 2 How can we bring public and privately provided travel, lifestyle and leisure activities information together easily in a way that is easy to use and can help everyone find the information relevant to them for events at our venues. This could include purchasing tickets, exclusive event merchandise, restaurant bookings, parking, public transportation to create a more personal event experience
Victoria Play Melbourne - A Creative City City of Melbourne 10 This challenge aims to showcase Melbourne’s unique history and how the city’s landscape and iconic locations have changed over time.
Australia Protecting our Carers Department of Social Services 9 How can we motivate young carers to search out information on and engage with supports and services early in their caring journey, rather than when they’re in a crisis situation? How can we use information and data to connect young carers to services? There are two datasets based on carers by demographics available for use in the GovHack dataset list, but not exclusive. Your use of these files is not mandatory for the award.
Australian Capital Territory Quirky Canberra ACT Government 8 Awarded to the team who uses data to highlight the quirkiest facts about Canberra that changes people’s perceptions of the city
Northern Territory Renewable Renters dka, Charles Darwin University 2 How can we enable renters in Alice Springs to access the benefits of rooftop solar (clean energy, reduced power bills), like their home-owning peers? Supporting Link:
Victoria Right 2 The Night City of Ballarat 6 How can we help people know *the good, the bad, and the ugly* about public spaces? Between March and May 2018, women of Ballarat help contribute to the Right 2 the Night project. This project was identified as key in helping to provide safer spaces for women in the Ballarat CBD. 305 locations in the CBD were pinpointed in which 70 were identified as safe spaces, and 235 spaces identified unsafe. Now you get you use this data along with other key data sets available and either answer questions or come up with other creative solutions that: Identify ways to improve the safety of public spaces Obtain further information about safe or unsafe spaces in the CBD for women Identify public space design and development opportunities Identify why it is that particular spaces feel safe or unsafe for women in the CBD
Australia Save Lives With Data Zetaris 35 How can we use data and technology to better the health of the Australian population, and what could be the economic impacts? With all of the technological innovation and data availability in the world today, the possibilities are nearly endless with the value and insights it can create. With the growing capabilities of wearables, IoT, and Edge Computing, the possibilities are endless. However, in the healthcare industry, records are kept as more traditional records in siloed databases (hospital records), manual files (GP records), government owned data (immunisation records), and varying data types (xrays, MRI's, CT scan's), creating technological, security and consent & governance challenges. For the betterment of human health, the healthcare and medical research industries are looking for ways to connect all the disparate data sources together to provide a single over- arching view of all the data touchpoints, to establish patterns and identifiers to help detect and remedy causes and common factors of hereditary and chronic illnesses. We are interested in the following: 1. Can you provide information on what could be learnt from connecting all the disparate and dissociated data sources with the use of technology? Things to think about: A. What technology could be used to facilitate this type of innovation? B. What datasets / governments / organizations / devices would be best utilized to gain full success in this initiative? C. What could the economic impact be through implementation of this initiative? (human health, reduced medicare costs, etc.) There are many challenges that are foreseen with this type of complex initiative, such as: consent, access of data, national governance, and data security and integrity. 2. Can you suggest / show how you would approach this initiative from a technological standpoint? A. What technologies are available today to support this? B. What upcoming / future technologies do you foresee playing a potential role (either positive or negative)? 3. Given the complexity and enormity of an initiative like this, not only from a data aspect, but from an economical and social aspect, can you provide any guidelines / best practices / requirements that would need to be put in place to make this a success? Keep in mind potential challenges suggested below, but not limited to: A. Data access B. Economical impacts C. Social and consent governance D. Data security risks E. Any other aspects, from now or potentially in the future, that haven't been considered
Queensland Science Data Challenge Queensland Government 9 How might we make discovering and understanding scientific data for a location possible? A list of useful Queensland Government open datasets are tagged on ( A tourist searches ‘grocery store Longreach’ and they will see a list of stores, opening hours, address and contact details, ratings, photos, interactive maps, directions. Off they go to get their supplies. An agricultural science student searches ‘environmental and natural resource data Longreach’ or ‘environmental and natural resource data Condamine’. What can they find? [See more information](
New South Wales SEED - Open Data with a Purpose Office of Environment and Heritage 11 We are seeking to challenge the status quo. Moving from open data as a bi-product of government business, to active management of open data to better support reuse and innovation – hence open data with a purpose. To achieve this we want to trigger a conversation between developers and the data custodians. *SEED - open data with a purpose * *Our 2018 challenge is ‘SEED - open data with a purpose’.* We’re seeking to challenge the status quo. Moving from open data as a bi-product of government business, to active management of open data to better support reuse and innovation – hence open data with a purpose. To achieve this, we want to trigger a conversation between developers and the data custodians. We’re looking for an innovative app that uses at least one dataset from SEED as a central element, along with the best feedback to the data custodian recommending how they might improve the data’s discoverability, access, and useability for developers. We’re particularly interested in feedback on data that has a significant potential for re-use as demonstrated through your app concept. The data may not be usable in its current state. *Feedback suggestions* Your feedback could be on: • Suggestion for data cleaning or preparation. • Improvements for web data services delivery ie performance, content, structure, or currency. • Data schema changes eg. to improve data interoperability or usability. • Data Dictionary or typologies ie. missing information that makes the data difficult to interpret. • Data formats to support machine readability. • Improvements to data structure to support time series analysis. • Documentation of data product eg. improvements to missing, ambiguous or inadequate data set names, labels or metadata, or need for supplementary support resources. • Suggestions for overcoming data discovery and access problems. • What else can you tell us? *What will I be scored on?* You will be scored on the feedback you provide and your idea ie. app or concept put forward to use the data (not about feasibility but if the vision is agreeable and if we could do it).
Australia Show Us The Numbers Department of Finance 13 How can we use open finance data to turn numbers into stories? Use one of the official Department of Finance datasets available on ( in conjunction with other open datasets to create an informative visualisation or application. Your project should use data to tell a story. You may aggregate data from other sources, so long as at least one of the datasets is published by Finance.
New South Wales Spatial data challenge Finance, Services & Innovation 14 How can spatial data be leveraged to provide the best community outcome? How can this mapping data be used to deliver value to the people of NSW? Spatial data is an incredible asset that adds depth and meaning to any other dataset. NSW Spatial Services have developed more than 100 APIs to release a range of data about NSW spatial features, including community facilities, educational facilities, utilities, medical services, pipelines, railways, transport control devices and a range of land service features and water boundaries.
Australian Capital Territory Story telling with data ACT Government 5 Awarded to the team who use data to tell the most compelling story about Canberra
Queensland Sunshine Coast Commercialisation Noosa Council , Sunshine Coast Council , RDA Sunshine Coast 11 How to make business boom on the Sunshine Coast? Most innovative solution that would create economic benefit and/or commercially viable business opportunities within the Sunshine Coast region.
Queensland Sunshine Coast Community Noosa Council , Sunshine Coast Council , RDA Sunshine Coast 14 How can we raise the social capital of the Sunshine Coast? Most innovative use of data to create a cultural and/or recreational solution that would benefit people in the Sunshine Coast region.
Queensland Sunshine Coast Sustainability Noosa Council , Sunshine Coast Council , RDA Sunshine Coast 12 How can we preserve our great Sunshine Coast for the next generation? Most innovative use of data to create an environmental solution and/or allow people to take better care of natural resources to benefit the Sunshine Coast region.
Western Australia Tech for Top Tourism City of Albany, GovHack Australia Limited 3 How can data and digital technology be used in tourism to help create jobs and business opportunities in regional areas? Tourism is an important sector providing jobs and business income for many small business across the state. This competitive sector needs creative and innovative technologies and or incisive use of data to for stakeholders to best position themselves.
Victoria Telling Stories with Data(.Vic) Victoria DPC 21 Accessing any of the datasets on data.vic, this challenge asks participants to extract and tell stories from data. Alternatively how might we facilitate citizens’ own inquiries and investigations via the Victorian Government Open Data Portal? Data journalism, and visualisation are fast becoming a powerful way of telling stories. News content is increasingly being organised around structured pieces of data, as opposed to conventional news story formats and narrative frames.
Northern Territory The Energy Source dka, Hutsix 1 What are the most effective ways of helping Alice residents to understand, and care, where their energy comes from? Supporting Link:
Australia The Friendly ATO ATO 15 How can the ATO use artificial intelligence or machine learning to better understand and develop ways to engage with our clients? AI/ML approaches are predicted to radically change the tax and super environments in the future. Use AI/ML techniques and whatever data you feel is appropriate to demonstrate some likely positive effects of this future for the community. Think outside the box – there’s a lot of potentially relevant and relatable data out there! ++ If you require any ATO data for reference, there are recent years of GovHack competition datasets and a range of other ATO datasets on
Australia To bankruptcy or not to bankruptcy, keeping the process real. AFSA 13 Helping predict non-compliance in the personal insolvency system. How can Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning assist us in the future? Personal insolvencies include bankruptcies, debt agreements and personal insolvency agreements. One of our key focus areas is to ensure that people who enter into the personal insolvency system comply with their obligations– but we want to do more! Can you help us predict non-compliance? You can use our data alone or in combination with other data to help us predict when non-compliance might occur. Surprise us with the output – e.g. it can be a visualisation or a predictive model. What indicators that we have provided in the data, would be the most useful.
Queensland Tourism Jobs Challenge Queensland Government 7 How might we determine the future tourism job needs for Queensland? A list of useful Queensland Government open datasets are tagged on ( Previous research estimated 23,000 additional jobs are required by 2020. How many jobs will be needed in the next 5 years? 10 years? 15 years? Tourism in Queensland continues to grow and evolve. It covers a range of ANZSIC industry sectors Tourism industry = 1 in 11 Queensland jobs How will tourism labour and skill needs change? Our workforce must meet future industry needs? [See more information](
International Transforming the national to the international GovHack Australia Limited 0 Where should Australian Businesses go next? Incorporate any international dataset into a national award
Australia Transforming the national to the international (National) GovHack Australia Limited 15 Where should Australian Businesses go next? Incorporate any international dataset into a national award
New South Wales Transforming Ultimo University Technology Sydney 4 How can Ultimo transform sustainably into an entrepreneurial/innovation precinct? How can we determine what support entrepreneurs need to succeed?
New South Wales Urban Heat Challenge City of Parramatta 4 How might we better use this data to communicate the urban heat challenges of Parramatta, and how might we improve on this in Parramatta LGA during summer?
Victoria Victorian Multicultural Atlas Victoria DPC 11 How can we leverage mobile technology and free Wi-Fi to present point of interest data alongside immersive information to help citizens from non-English speaking backgrounds navigate their local environments and learn about the rich history of Victorian public spaces? Language barriers can reduce the appreciation and enjoyment of the places that we live and work in. How might we use emerging digital technology to connect Victorians with multicultural backgrounds to community groups and services that help make Victoria feel like an inclusive place for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse members of our community
South Australia Visualising Department for Education (SA) Data South Australia Department for Education 3 What information can be learned from the Department for Education datasets showing the location of school zones in South Australia, and the enrolments in schools and preschools? How can people learn from this data, when it's presented in new ways? How can this data be creatively presented, or combined with new data for new insights?
New South Wales What do you want from government data challenge? Finance, Services & Innovation 13 How should NSW government best provide data to the developer community? Show how our data can be made more usable for developers. What quality or format or standardisation issues does government need to fix or to consider? What developer community needs does the government need to support better? NSW is working to build its next generation of data sharing environments and approaches, and we want your advice and help. GovHack is an amazing annual opportunity for government to learn and benefit from the developer community. Government benefits from the ideas and outputs you generate, but this time we also want your advice. We want you to tell us what data, data standards, approaches or infrastructures the NSW government needs to provide to help the developer community to do even more, at GovHack but also every day. This challenge will award a prize to the best submission outlining what the developer community wants from government data and from government data infrastructure and approaches, to help inform our new initiatives around data and data sharing.
Australia Working Together Defence 20 How can open government data to improve responsers' situational understanding and ability to plan their response, and share their information between agencies? How can sharing information between agencies be improved by different information presentation, allowing more informed decisions during domestic emergencies or national security events? The Australian Defence Force (ADF) are often dispatched to assist Other Government Agencies (OGAs) in response to emergency events and to support events of national security. Examples include supporting emergency responders during the [Black Saturday bushfire crisis]( in Victoria in 2009, Queensland flood assistance in [2010/11]( and [2016]( and the [search for MH370]( in 2014. The ADF also support local and federal law enforcement agencies to provide security during events such as the [Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)]( meetings in Sydney in 2007, the [G20 Leaders Summit]( in Brisbane in 2014 and more recently the [Commonwealth Games]( in the Gold Coast in 2018. During these events, OGAs, law enforcement and Defence work together to ensure security, safety and relief to Australians. The Challenge How can we use open government data to provider responders with better situational understanding? 
How could we equip them with an improved ability to plan a response and share information between agencies? What sort of information presentation can allow more effective information sharing between agencies, and drive a more informed decision making process during a domestic emergency or national security events?
Australia Work Life Made Easy Aurion 27 How can we make work life easier for employers and their workforces – now, and into the future? The best entries that produce solutions to make work life easier as the nature of work changes – collaborating across greater distances, flexible workplaces and expectations, cultural boundaries, age groups and rapidly adapting technology paradigms. Ideas that deliver new approaches to employee experience so that employers and employees can succeed together into the future.
Northern Territory You're Not Alone: Teen Health Challenge NT Gov, Charles Darwin University 5 How can teens and youth in the Northern Territory seek and become aware of the availability of health services? Teens face many issues such as cyber bullying, drug and alcohol use, suicide, depression, obesity, etc. Adolescents are generally not aware of where they can get health services. Using the National Health Services Directory (NHSD) and other online sources, explore an engaging way that informs teens (15 – 25 years old) of the availability of health services in the NT. Supporting link: Supporting link:
Northern Territory You're Not Approved: Aged Care Challenge NT Gov, Charles Darwin University 3 How can the elderly opting to stay and 'grow old at home', and their service providers, better reach, ensure trust, and be served/serve them in urban or remote places? Aged care is creating an increasing demand on society in Australia. Thanks to improved home functionality, quality, technology, and other advances, instead of moving to aged care facilities some elderly are opting to stay and ‘grow old at home’, receiving care from a variety of providers and individuals. How can the elderly opting to stay and 'grow old at home' be sure they can trust the carer, doctor, or home digital automation expert who has just knocked on the door? OR How can service providers TO the elderly better reach, get patients' trust, and serve them in urban or remote places?
South Australia Your Friendly Council Local Government Information Technology South Australia 11 How can councils collaborate and use information to deliver better services to communities across South Australia?