[NZLUG] GovHack

William Mckee will at artcontrol.me
Tue Jul 5 13:29:29 NZST 2016


Hi,

On Tuesday, July 5, 2016, Tim McNamara <paperless at timmcnamara.co.nz> wrote:

> My impressions from last year's event was that it was opt-in open. If you
> wanted to form a team that used free software, no one was going to get in
> your way.
>
> On the flip site, I don't think that it was Microsoft orientated. They're
> just a big technology player inside of government, and are likely to have
> wanted to send the impression that they're being proactive.
>
> I don't like the competition aspect to these kinds of events, but they
> pull together excellent people who otherwise wouldn't be able to work
> together so it's a net win as far as I'm concerned.
>
> I agree about the competition aspect - much of the event was focused on
voting.
Another concern I had was the purging of entries. My project was deleted
was the govhack website because I didn't make a video. I was not interested
in making a video or the prizes. There was no warning, it was just removed.


>
> Tim McNamara
>
> On 5 July 2016 at 11:31, steve <steve at greengecko.co.nz
> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','steve at greengecko.co.nz');>> wrote:
>
>> On 07/05/2016 07:06 AM, DL Neil wrote:
>>
>>> (cross-posted with NZOSS - apologies if duplicated)
>>>
>>> Noticed this public invitation of likely interest to mash-up artists and
>>> OpenData enthusiasts:
>>>
>>>
>>> GovHack is all about bringing together coders, artists, storytellers,
>>> observers, communicators and more, from the private, public, NGO and
>>> academic sectors.
>>>
>>> While the group of people is diverse, we’re united in a single purpose –
>>> working with government data to innovate and create.
>>>
>>> What is GovHack, anyway? It’s not about “cracking” government – it’s
>>> about bringing together the power of open data and all of us to build a
>>> better democracy and a more open government and society. Watch this short
>>> video to find out more :)
>>>
>>> This year, New Zealand’s second (ever) GovHack event will be taking
>>> place across the country over the weekend of 29 – 31 July, in:
>>>
>>>     Whangarei
>>>     Auckland
>>>     Hamilton
>>>     Hawke’s Bay
>>>     Whanganui
>>>     Wellington
>>>     Christchurch
>>>     Queenstown
>>>     Dunedin.
>>>
>>> ...
>>> http://govhack.org.nz/
>>>
>>> I did look into this, but seem to remember it being very Microsoft
>> oriented. Would someone please disabuse me of this memory?
>>
>>
>>
>> Cheers,
>>
>> Steve
>>
>> --
>> Steve Holdoway BSc(Hons) MIITP
>> http://www.greengecko.co.nz
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>> Skype: sholdowa
>>
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