#GovHack and #GovCampAU – how they looked on Twitter

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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.

We used our Analytics and Visualisation tools to track the conversations that came out of them.

GovHack

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.

Overall there were 4,900 tweets from 960 different accounts during the 3 days of the event, and #GovHack officially trended on Twitter in Canberra and nationally in Australia. You can see an iTrended report of the positions it reached here.

The top hashtags outside #GovHack were #unleashedadl and #opendata.

Judging is now taking place, and the Red Carpet Awards take place in Brisbane on 10th August.

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 >

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GovCampAU

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.

Overall there were 1,700 tweets from 360 different accounts on the day, and #GCAU officially trended on Twitter in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and nationally in Australia. You can see an iTrended report of the positions it reached here.
Again, we’ve put together a visualisation which highlights the main activity and top tweets across the day.

Click on the image to the right to start the visualisation >

Congratulations to the organisers of both events, and all participants who donated their time and energies to work towards better governments across Australia.
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