Focus on: Wellington

“Wellington is right in the thick of the government action and we’re working closely with agencies to crack open some exciting data sets for the event.”

 – GovHack Wellington

This week, we look at the last of our North Island locations for GovHack NZ 2016: Wellington!

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The seat of NZ’s government, Wellington is the largest of our NZ locations, with a very large and active community of organisers, volunteers and participants.

Cam Findlay, one of this year’s GovHack NZ Wellington organisers, has the following invitation: “This year’s GovHack Wellington is all about telling stories through data. Whether you have a tale to tell, or a question you want to answer using open data, head along. Wellington is in the thick of government open data so is a perfect place to hack up some solutions. It’s going to be a great weekend!”

GovHack Wellington 2015

Dan Randow organising GovHack Wellington 2015 into teams. Credit: Elias Rodriguez

This year, GovHack will be taking place in Wellington:

  • 29-31 July
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
  • 15 Stout Street
  • Wellington, 6011.

Keep an eye on Wellington-specific GovHack info

This is the second year MBIE has hosted GovHack. What value does MBIE see in the event? Grant Lyons, MBIE’s CIO, told us. “Increasingly citizens and businesses are looking to transact with government online.  And one way the government believes we can deliver better public services is by a more joined-up public service.  So it’s important that digital information within government is readily available as often new services and applications rely on differing combinations of public and private data sets.”

“This sort of forum enables us to open up a wide range of government data sets and allow innovators and creators to collaborate and team. By applying fresh thinking and leveraging existing information sets, we know new services and applications will be created for the benefit of many.”

And people do, indeed, build applications which could help people both in NZ and internationally. One of GovHack Wellington 2015’s teams – Tremorz – picked up a major prize with their app after last year’s event.

Last year’s awards winners

Their mobile application, iHelp, used emergency response and crowd sourced data to help people find things they need or for people to offer items they had during a natural disaster.

Jo Booth, part of the winning team and one of the organisers of this year’s Wellington event, said: “We were all interested in emergencies, and within 46 hours, iHelp was created. Little did we know that the solution we created tapped into a 6-billion dollar problem – helping people find the right help in a disaster. Our app evolved as people shared their stories the effect of disasters and GovHack was the perfect catalyst to get ideas turned into reality.”

We couldn’t agree more, Jo!

GovHack Wellington 2015: Team Tremorz

Team TremorZ listening to stories of what helped in a disaster. Credit: Mark Tantrum

If you’re living locally (or passing through for the weekend) and have an interest in building on the social and economic value of open data published by government, we know Wellington would love to see you. Like all our locations, they’re looking for a wide range of skills (not just techies!) – everyone has something to contribute, stories to tell and questions to answer.

If you have any questions, drop the Wellington team a line at [email protected], or the national team at [email protected].

Find out more about our team


GovHack Wellington is closely aligned with HackMiramar, local civic hackers and makers group based in the peninsula suburb of Miramar in Wellington.

Portions of content have been modified from the HackMiramar website, under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand CC BY license