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.

It’s all over!

GovHack is over for 2015!

It was an amazing weekend of teamwork, sleepless nights, knowledge sharing, coffee overload and hard, hard work.

Visit hackerspace.govhack.org/projects to see all the projects created over the weekend, or check projects out by the different prize categories at http://hackerspace.govhack.org/prizes

Head over to govhack.org.nz to view some photos from the weekend and don’t forget to vote on the different projects.

How do we place our hacker vote for the projects we like?

There are four weeks available to submit your Hackers Vote, so make sure you vote before 2nd August 2015.

Only registered team members can vote.

Head over to http://hackerspace.govhack.org/projects or http://hackerspace.govhack.org/prizes to see the projects.

You can vote on every project, giving them a rating between 1 and 5 stars.

To vote, open the project and scroll to the bottom of their project page to find the star ratings buttons. You need to be logged in and registered to see the star ratings buttons.

View the projects and check out the information, videos and any other information provided to help you decide on your rating.

 

Get in touch

Get in touch with us if you’d like to sponsor, volunteer, participate or share ideas to help make 2016 even bigger and better than 2015.

Cherie Ellis: [email protected]
Amanda Jackson: [email protected]
GovHack NZ on Facebook
@GovHackNZ
@CherieEllisNZ
@jamanda