GovHackNZ 2016 - Another Massive Success

(following is taken from our "thank you" email to the local Wellington sponsors as hand crafted by our very own Kay)


Dear friends

By all accounts GovHack was a great success :-)  There are still matters to be concluded like judging the best entries and and more will follow on this. As Mike has said we are very grateful for the support we received from sponsors and supporters. 

GovHack produced 439 projects registered in prize categories across Australia and New Zealand combined. Sixty-six of the projects were from New Zealand and you can see all the project summaries at: https://2016.hackerspace.govhack.org/projects

Each project lists datasets that were used but some details may be missing from https://2016.hackerspace.govhack.org/datasets-used, with projects built in under 46 hours a few missed boxes for all datasets used would be understandable. 

The entries will be judged in different categories and awards given out at a formal ceremony.

We had over 100 participants at Wellington plus mentors and volunteers. The participants came from private sector companies and government agencies including Statistics NZ, MBIE, TEC, MPI, DIA, LINZ, MfE, MoE, and MSD. Over 300 participants competed in New Zealand with numbers are still being totted up as some people switched categories (like volunteers and mentors joining teams).  

Wellington received a range of visitors including 3 of the Mayoral candidates for Wellington, 1 MP, and senior managers from Government agencies and companies.  The Chief Statistician attended Wellington and was suitably impressed whulst the Minister for Open Data attended the Auckland GovHack.

Enjoy a selection of photos - see many more here: https://goo.gl/Y72GCl