[@OKau] Qn's from Government re GovHack

Pia Waugh pia.waugh at gmail.com
Thu May 14 10:45:23 UTC 2015

Thanks Craig. Last year the total prize pool was $256k (lulz) which was
around $100k in national prizes and the rest distributed amongst the
various local competitions (mostly in SA). We will try to get rough numbers
up for this year soon.

On Thu, May 14, 2015 at 7:37 PM, Craig Thomler <craig.thomler at gmail.com>

> I'm talking to the Vic government about assigning a main liaison person
> from the government to engage with GovHack, coordinate activities across a
> number of agencies and deal with these types of concerns, rather than
> having the current piecemeal approach (which costs far more time and energy
> on both sides for inconsistent efforts). The people I've spoken to see the
> benefit in this approach, noting the success of Unleashed in SA.
> This may not kick in until next year however.
> Note that I've been working with the DHHS - spent the day with them on
> Tuesday - on their social presence.
> The person in the tobacco unit should be speaking directly with Luke
> Horwill, the Department's Strategic Comms Director, about this, and all
> these types of questions, and the overall Department's stance to open data
> could be settled in a few minutes.
> Alongside this, GovHack should have answers to these types of questions
> sitting in a standard FAQ somewhere, so that consistent responses are
> available to all potential participants and to GovHack's volunteers - this
> reduces the potential for miscommunication leading to poor outcomes.
> BTW - it would also be useful to make the total prize pool from last year
> clear. The guys I spoke to had calculated it at about $80k, with half
> coming from Victoria. The way the prize pool is presented in the site
> across state and local prizes made it difficult for them to grasp that the
> event is actually significantly larger in scope.
> Cheers,
> Craig
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> On 13 May 2015 at 17:41, Lachlan Musicman <datakid at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> One of the GovHack/Code for Australia Fellows has been in communication
>> with a state employee from the Department of Health and Human Services
>> (Tobacco Unit) indirectly as a result of her work within the council.
>> They seem to be interested in participating in GovHack but have asked her
>> the following questions.
>> I am not really the right person to answer these questions. I don't want
>> to ask "do we have canned responses" but I presume these are regular
>> questions that people can answer more eloquently than I. Pia?
>> Is it possible you could identify any risks and how they are mitigated?
>> Is there a risk the data could be misused in anyway or potentially
>> criticise the Department or government?
>> Is there a risk the submissions such as applications or websites could be
>> used to criticise the Department or current government.
>> Are there any privacy risks?
>> Cheers
>> L.
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