International Digital Humanities Hack

Supported By: 
Ancestry and IP Australia with guest judges from NLA and NLNZ
  1. Major prize: Best Digital Humanities Hack ($4000)
  2. Australian Runner up 1: Best Digital Humanities Hack ($2000)
  3. New Zealand Runner up 2: Best Digital Humanities Hack ($2000)

This category is about using humanities data to create an awesome digital humanities hack. Anything that helps people engage in and celebrate cultural and intellectual data. Supported by and IP Australia, the GovHack International Digital Humanities prize provides Australia and New Zealand hackers with the opportunity to bring awesomeness to our cultural and intellectual data holdings. We strongly encourage hackers to draw on the IP GOD dataset on, and the many resources available from the major cultural hubs including Trove and Digital NZ, RecordSearch and Archives NZ. The Major Prize is open to both countries, and a team will be selected from each country for runner up prizes. Bonus points will be awarded for teams with Australian and New Zealand participants.


Team Name: 

BiblioFile seeks to increase social connection through reading- like Tinder for book lovers. It uses public library open data to notify uses of other people with similar reading interests and to connect people with the books that they love. Users can connect with other people who like to read- regardless of location- both online and in the real world. Books can be searched for and requested through the One Card Network - and if it is not available they can request that it is purchased by their local library.

Anzacs and Soldiers from the Indian Subcontinent

Team Name: 

Soldiers from the Indian sub-continent formed the largest number of soldiers in World War I. Over one million soldiers from the Indian Subcontinent fought in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Approximately 74,000 soldiers from the sub-continent were killed during the War. Some Australian soldiers mentioned the work of the Indian soldiers in World War I, but over the years the significant Indian contribution has been forgotten.

For King and Countree

For King and Countree
Team Name: 

Introduce team members + team name

Our team name is BOLD, the is stands for the people in our group, Ben Sakovits, Olivia Lee, Liam Cameron-Smith, David Hin

We are year 11's from The Heights we are definitely are not professionals who are great with all these programming, coding etc. However we are very passionate about this competition.

Name of the hack

Our project is an interactive info-graphic website, named after the famous WWI phrase ‘For King and Countree’ (For King and Country)

What does our hack do?

Postcode Battle (The Card Game)

Team Name: 
Level 6.3

Now you can fight your suburb against that of your friends!

Using our database built from state and national data, we select all the attributes in which your suburb is more awesome than that of your mates. We present them in a easily understandable way. Now you have real data to prove that your suburb is absolutely the most awesomest! Get battling!!


Postcode Battle (Liveability Index)

Team Name: 
Level 6.3

We see open government data as a chance for the government to inform its citizens, and for the citizens to inform the government; as a chance to foster communication and cooperation. In our project, we ask: where is infrastructure sufficient, and where are services lacking? If I want to move to a different suburb, where are my needs and interests best catered for?


Lets Breed Plants & IP's

Team Name: 
IP Hacker

Lets Breed Plants & IP's!!!

Lets Breed Plants & IP's is a project that helps to make the Intellectual Property data on

Plant Breeder's Rights more usable by processing the raw data into something that could be easily used and read!!

This project aims to minimise the gap in understanding what Intellectual Property is and what kind of data exists among them!!  


Patent Finder App

Team Name: 

A Smart phone app to make finding Intellectual Property patent claims.


Currently searching for patents and claims are hard and for new businesses that have a great idea, they want to find out if their idea has already been patented. 

This app will make it easy to find patents by allowing Users to drill down into categories.


Digital Accelerator Hub

Team Hactory, Digital Accelerator
Team Name: 

Project Name:  Digital Economy Accelerator

Team: Hactory



Team Name: 

A website that retells the ANZAC story, both at the front and at home, to give people a deeper understanding of life during World War 1.

Cemetery Search Information New Zealand

Team Name: 
Vandelay Enterprises

The project we have built is called 'Cemetery Search Information New Zealand(CSI NZ)'.  CSI provides a way to search the cemetery records of all regions in New Zealand that have published their cemetery data online. 
People using this application will have a fast, easy way to find out where relatives are buried, and information about the grave plot - this includes things like viewing the gravestone, finding the location of the grave in the cemetery, identifying the neighbouring plots, etc.


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