Open Data Alliance NZ

On Saturday 27th October 2018, in Wellington, a workshop was held to decide what (if anything) was to happen to the entity that had been GovHack NZ. The Agenda revolved around the question of whether to resume hosting Govhack in New Zealand, and if not, then what? Present were a number of GovHack contributors as well as representatives from the DataLand hackathon.

The resolution was determined that a not for profit incorporated trust would be created, with it’s objective being to support hackathons within NZ and with other International organisations. The name of the Trust will be Open Data Alliance NZ. Initial trustees were selected and invited: Thomas Hartley, David Nichols, Mike Price, Phil Wheeler, Kevin Waugh, Cherie Ellis, Nick Williamson, Aimee Whitcroft.

The existing GovHack New Zealand Limited company will be wound up, and any money remaining will be donated to Open Data Alliance NZ to use as seed funds. Information from govhack.org.nz will be collated for the new website (opendataalliancenz.org) then the old one can be blown away.

As a very exciting outcome, ODANZ has reached out to GovHack Australia to discuss collaborating again and running GovHack NZ in 2019. A structure will be developed whereby successful projects will have the opportunity for further development in follow-up events after the initial GovHack competition. Anyone who is currently on GovHack NZ’s mailing lists will be contacted and invited to join a new mailing list run by ODANZ which will be used for communications about GovHack NZ and it’s follow up events.

ODANZ has resolved to host the Global Legal Hackathon in 2019 in conjunction with a local law firm. More details of this will be released once the event has been confirmed.

There will be a number of roles which need to be filled, on a voluntary basis, in order for ODANZ to successfully run these and future events. Here are some examples:

  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • GovHack Au liaison
  • Legal hack liaison
  • Legal
  • Government liaison
  • Sponsor liaison
  • Regional coordinator
  • Marketing
  • Designer
  • Website
  • Technical
  • Comms/social media
  • Event planners
  • Teams event host
  • Hackerspace

The workshop was considered by all involved to be a great success, and everyone left with renewed excitement about the future of Open Data Alliance NZ. The potential of these quite different international hackathons being held in New Zealand in 2019 is an exciting one, and these events provide ODANZ the opportunity to prove itself as a community organisation.