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June is government-hacking month

A pair of hackfests aimed at government data is set to hit Canberra and Sydney in June.

If you've been wanting to sink your teeth into government data and create new mashups and visualisations, then clear your calendar over the first weekend of June — Friday, 1 June to Sunday, 3 June — and head to Canberra to take part in GovHack.

A concurrent GovHack event will also be held in Sydney, but many of the government participants will only be available at the Canberra event.

Attendees will be in the running for part of the $30,000 pool of prize money and grants to take the project beyond the prototype phase.

The event begins with drinks and competition announcements on the night of Friday, 1 June, with teams needing to be registered by midday on Saturday before presenting a prototype to judges and other attendees on Sunday afternoon. Technical workshops and mentors will be available to help support the teams.

Registration for the both the Canberra and Sydney GovHack events is open now.

Following in Canberra on 5 June is the GovCamp unconference. The event will have three streams: open data analysis and visualisation, public engagement and community development, and policy and service delivery design.

At the time of writing, only 39 tickets were left for GovCamp.

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