We know that data doesn’t mash itself, and that one of the best ways to encourage the creativity of the community is to give you a space to collaborate. To that end we’re going to use this page to post details about events where you’ll be able to meet up with other like-minded people, share ideas, and mash some data as part of the MashupAustralia competition.

Current events

Google MashupAustralia Hack Night #1

Google MashupAustralia Hack Night #2


  • When: 3PM Friday October 30 through to Saturday 31 (you can attend one or both days and even keep hacking through the night if you wish!)
  • Where: ANU – CSIT – Building 108 Canberra
  • Organiser: Government 2.0 Taskforce, Web Directions
  • Description: “GovHack is an intensive one and a half day event. From the afternoon of the 30th, through the night, and throughout the 31st, teams of developers and designers will work on projects based on Australian government web based data sets and services. At the end of the event, teams will have 90 seconds to showcase what they’ve achieved in the day. On hand throughout the event will be: Data “owners” and experts from State and Federal departments; individual experts to help teams; excellent facilitators to help teams focus, and move forward throughout the event; and copious amounts of power, wifi and caffeine.”
  • GovHack is now fully subscribed. If you are registered but can no longer make it please let us know. Also contact us to put yourself on a wait list for the event. You can also register to participate online.

OpenAustralia Hackfest – The MashupAustralia Edition

  • When: 11AM-8PM Saturday November 7 and Sunday November 8
  • Where: Google Sydney Office, 48 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont, Sydney
  • Organiser:OpenAustralia Foundation, Google
  • What you need to bring: A laptop with wifi, laptop charger, your enthusiasm
  • Description: “The OpenAustralia Foundation and Google invite you to this free all-weekend hacking extravaganza for anyone interested in creating a mashup for the MashupAustralia competition or hacking on the OpenAustralia website. Build a cool application using data from, enter it into the MashupAustralia competition and and you’re in with a chance to win prizes, including a $10,000 first prize. There’s also no better way to show the value of opening up government data then creating a practical demonstration! is run by the OpenAustralia Foundation to promote parliamentary transparency – making it easier for Australians to find out what their representatives are saying on their behalf. We were thinking of calling the event, somewhat irreverently “iHack 2.0 – concentrated data extracts” or “Hacked Open” but in the end thought that might be a tad confusing. So, it’s simply the “OpenAustralia Hackfest – The MashupAustralia Edition”.”
  • Register online

Melbourne Hack Day with Web Directions and Lonely Planet

  • When: 10AM, Saturday November 7 and Sunday November 8
  • Where: Lonely Planet, 90 Maribyrnong Street, Footscray, Melbourne
  • Organiser: Lonely Planet, Web Directions
  • Description: Melbourne Hack Day with Web Directions and Lonely Planet is a day and a half event that will bring together teams of developers to create mashups and applications with government data. Teams of web designers, developers, usability and interaction experts will be pitted against each other in a 24 hour challenge to use freely available government data to create the most interesting and useful applications. Prizes will be awarded.
    Attendees can easily get to Lonely Planet HQ with a train from the city, or there will also be a shuttle bus running from the city on Saturday morning. Proceedings kick off at 10am Saturday morning with a series of talks from developers (both beginner and expert sessions). Saturday at 2pm, 24 hours of continuous hacking begins with a few hours break for a mystery event at 7pm until 10pm before heading back for more hacking.At 2pm on Sunday the hacking will cease and presentations will start. Each group will get 90 seconds to present to their peers and some pretty cool prizes will be awarded for the best entries. There will be a huge amount of data to play with and the full list can be found at So it promises to be a very exciting event for developers interested in open data and building applications around it.
  • Register Online