Thanks to the #GovHack and #GovCampAU organisers and participants there have been two great weekends in a row of “government 2.0″ events across Australia.
GovHack in Australia is a hackathon-style program, more focused on practical innovation results through the work of developers and others harnessing digital technologies and open data. GovCamp is about dialogue and ‘social knowledge’: new ways of capturing emergent challenges and innovative approaches. The two initiatives are separate with different leadership and coordination teams, but with a shared parentage so we collaborate and share ideas quite a bit.
GovHack is “about finding new ways to do great things and encouraging open government and open data”, and the 2014 event took place from Friday 11 July at 7:30pm until Sunday 13 July 5:30pm.
There were several events across Australia as can be seen in the heatmap and list of top cities. The largest amount of tweets during the event came from Canberra, closely followed by Perth and Melbourne.
The top hashtags outside #GovHack were #unleashedadl and #opendata.
We’ve put together a visualisation which highlights the main activity and top tweets across the 3 days.
Click on the image to the right to start the visualisation >
GovCamp “aims to provide open, participatory spaces for the free exchange of ideas and experience”, and the 2014 event took place on Saturday 19 July.
Again, there were several events across the country, and again, Canberra led the way with the most tweets, followed by Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.