GovHack 2023 comes to Christchurch

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GovHack 2023

Ben O’Connell

GovHack – an annual open government data competition – is coming to Ōtautahi.

From 18 to 20 August, the best and brightest will be innovating and creating, working with government data to encourage and celebrate in the technical and creative sector.

GovHack aims to connect citizens with government for great outcomes, and build upon the social and economic value of open data published by government.

In 46 hours, teams create a proof of concept and a video that tells the story of how the data can be reused. Teams trove through official data sets to find new ideas or ways to reuse data to win prizes in the local, national, and international prize categories.

Many of the concepts are innovative community apps. Some entries mash up data and display it in an informative visualisation or a creative artistic display.

From high school and first year university students through to hardened developers, everyone who gets involved will come away from the weekend with something new, whether it be code, content, an idea or new contacts.

GovHack 2023 is hosting six competition events in New Zealand – five physical events in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Whanganui, Whangarei, and the digital event across all of Aotearoa New Zealand.

In Christchurch, the event will take place at the Ara Institute of Canterbury’s Kahukura (K Block) Building on 120 Madras Street. The event begins at 5pm Friday and runs until Sunday 5pm.

Register at and get amongst GovHack 2023.