[Linux-aus] Gov mashup hackfests in Canberra and Sydney

Sridhar Dhanapalan sridhar at dhanapalan.com
Sat Oct 24 16:11:30 EST 2009

Looking forward to spending Microsoft's money for FOSS!

Take THAT, Ballmer!


2009/10/23 Pia Waugh <greebo at pipka.org>:
> Hey all,
> I wanted to pass this on because I think it is an awesome opportunity for
> our community to shine, and for us to do our part to support getting public
> access to government data. I'll be going to the Canberra mashup camp for a
> while, and the Open Australia event in Sydney. There is also a Google mashup
> event on this Wed the 28th October. All events at:
>  http://mashupaustralia.org/events/
> You could also run your own hackfest, perhaps use a LUG meeting or something
> for hacking. Just let the Mashup Australia people know if you do something
> so they can list it and get people along to your event :)
> The outcomes of the events, the "mashups" can enter the competition up until
> the 13th November, and they've already had some entries.
> It'd be seriously awesome to get as many FOSS community people along as
> possible. It is fairly web centric, but there are all kinds of people coming
> along.
> Up front, I will say that this and some other projects are being "funded by
> Microsoft" as part of the Taskforce efforts, but please know that although
> it is technically Microsoft funding (actually it is a percentage of Gov
> spending on MS put aside for "innovation" spending), all funding is
> controlled by the Gov 2.0 Taskforce, which is a good group of people who
> care about largely the same stuff we do.  Openness, transparency, open
> standards, FOSS. Don't let the mere participation of Microsoft be a turn off
> from participating in the first serious look at reform for more openness in
> the Australian government - the Gov 2.0 agenda (whatever you think of the
> silly name :)) is really about opening access to public sector
> information/data and creating more transparency and collaboration in gov
> processes, and of course FOSS, open standards and open community methods
> play a huge potential part in that :)
> I wrote a blog post about it for more links and information:
>  http://pipka.org/blog/2009/10/15/opening-up-government-data-get-hacking-people/
> Hope to see a few of you there :) Please forward this around to your FOSS
> usergroups.
> Cheers,
> Pia
> ----- Forwarded message from John Allsopp <john at webdirections.org> -----
> Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2009 18:01:43 +1100
> From: John Allsopp <john at webdirections.org>
> To: greebo at pipka.org
> Subject: GovHack the the FOSS community
> For those who may not have heard, the Australian Government 2.0 Taskforce
> is supporting Govhack, a hacking day focusing on building mashups and web
> applications using Australian Government Data, and other open data sources
> and web services.
> It's free, and takes place in Canberra at the end of October (yes, only 10
> or so days away now).
> Love to see many members of the FOSS community participate. Read on for
> more or visit
> http://govhack.org
> and
> http://govhack.eventbrite.com - to register
> The event is an initiative of  the Australian Government 2.0 Taskforce, part of the
> Federal government's Finance Department, and produced by Web Directions,
> Gov Hack is a free, intensive day and a half of creating mashups and
> applications with government data and services.
> Teams of developers work during the event to develop web based mashups and
> applications using government data sources and services.
> http://govhack.org
> In summary
>        - What: The first ever Australian Government supported hacking day
>        - When: October 30 and 31 2009 (you can come to one or both days, or hack
> through the night at the venue)
>        - Where: ANU - CSIT - Building 108 Canberra, Australia. Or you can attend
> virtually!
>        - Who Should attend: Web designers and developers, IAs, back-end
> engineers, usablity and interaction experts, information visualization
> gurus, graphic designers and anyone interested in developing applications,
> mashups, visualizations, webapps and other creative uses of Australian
> Government data
>        - What will be provided?: Power, wifi, food, caffeine, inspirational
> mentors, and the chance to connect with new collaborators. Cool prizes
> will be available as well.
>        - Price: Free, but RSVPs are essential
> http://govhack.eventbrite.com
> Thanks,
> john
> John Allsopp
> ----- End forwarded message -----
> Cheers,
> Pia
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