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GovHack is an annual event which brings application developers and data providers together in competition to find innovative ways to use publicly-released government data to create, build and invent open source data solutions for a range of challenges.


This year's competition was held at 10 locations across Queensland over the weekend of July 29-31 and drew more than 400 participants.

This year the Office of the Inspector-General Emergency Management put up the challenge - “Evacuation – help us get away” -  to build the best concept to help your community get to safety during evacuations.

The decision to evacuate away from a hazard is a critical one. The challenge sought help for disaster managers to better plan for evacuations, and help keep the community aware of what might happen if the evacuation need arises.

The results of this year’s competition are:

  • Winner:  “EvacuMate” A Facebook bot which collates and provides users with vital evacuation information
  • Runner–up:  “Crikey” An app that calculates how much danger a person is in and provides.
  • Highly commended: “DingoPack”.  A project that aims to transform the way people prepare, respond and recover from disasters.

Links to the all the 2016 submission are here.


In 2015 the Office of the Inspector-General Emergency Management and the Department of Natural Resources and Mines put forward a joint challenge under the title: “Get Ready – Get your Community Ready! Help your community to keep safe – and help us to help you.”

The purpose of the challenge was to develop an app or website that allows users (particularly in rural areas) to see Government location-based data, and allow users to provide the disaster management system with additional critical disaster or emergency response information.

More than 1300 individuals participated in Queensland’s GovHack 2015 event which was held on Friday 3 – Sunday 5 July 2015, and the results are:

  • Winner - Project Naya
  • Runner-Up: Get Ready
  • Runner-Up: Samaritan
  • Highly commended: Emergency Kit App
  • Highly Commended: Banana barons

Whilst the GovHack event is comparatively small, the implications of the community drawing their own inferences from government data are huge. An innovative approach from the sector will ensure the opportunities are used to the full.