Attention all web designers and developers with a penchant for mashups and application innovation: if you’re in Australia (Canberra or Melbourne, to be precise), here are a couple of groundbreaking events you should put in your diary:
- GovHack, Canberra Oct 30 and 31 — produced by Web Directions
- Lonely Planet Hack Day, Melbourne November 7 and 8
GovHack is the first ever Australian Government-supported hack day, to be held at ANU Canberra. They’ll be providing power, wi-fi, food, caffeine, inspirational mentors, and the chance to connect with new collaborators. Cool prizes will be available as well, including a number of SitePoint books!
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.
You’ll need to register to attend, though, so head over to the web site and do so before October 30.
Next, the first ever Lonely Planet Hack Day to take place on Australian shores will be jumping off November 7 at LP Headquarters in Footscray, Melbourne.
After the roaring success of their mobile hack day in London, and their own internal hack day, the folks at Lonely Planet are opening the doors for you to play around with their new API, and Open Social platform.
If that’s not enough incentive to attend, there’ll be free pizza, beer and other refreshments on offer throughout the event.
Places are limited, and you’ll need to register to attend, so hop to it!