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CSIRO and GovHack

CSIRO is a National Agency Sponsor for GovHack 2019.

GovHack brings together government at all levels to engage with a driven hacker community to find creative and innovative solutions for set challenges using agency open data.

GovHack runs from Friday 6 - Sunday 8 September 2019 in every Australian state and territory.

Find out more about GovHack

Get hacking: the CSIRO challenges

Challenge 1: Thrive or survive: how can we adapt for the future?

What will Australia in 2050 look like? What kind of environment will we need, and want? Using one or more CSIRO data sets, showcase how we will be able to build resilience for people and natural and built environments.

Challenge 2: Australia@Sea - what is our future relationship with the ocean environment?

Our oceans are vital to the world’s economy and provide services for all Australians including food security, industries, tourism, and well-being. With climate change creating environmental pressures like sea-level rise, ocean acidification and threats to marine life, use one or more CSIRO data sets to connect all Australians to our oceans of the future.

Access our data

Data Access Portal

The Data Access Portal (DAP) has more than 2,300 data and software collections across a range of disciplines.

Access the DAP Developer tools

Atlas of Living Australia

The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) has more than 85 million occurrences and more than 11,200 datasets.

Access the ALA

Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network

The Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) is Australia’s land ecosystem observatory. This information is standardised, integrated and transformed into model-ready data.

Access TERN

AODN Portal

The AODN Portal provides access to Australian marine and climate science data.

Access AODN

The Integrated Marine Observatory System

The Integrated Marine Observatory System (IMOS) is a fully-integrated, national system, observing at ocean-basin and regional scales, and covering physical, chemical and biological variables.

Access data from IMOS


eReefs data is delivered through an interoperable information architecture. The system improves how data is described, discovered and accessed and adopts many of the ‘Linked Data’ principles.

Access eReefs data

More accessible data


FishMap features compiled distributions for marine fishes inhabiting Australia’s continental shelf and slope waters including depth, fish group and location.

Access the FishMap

Climate change in Australia

Access data on climate change projections information for Australia.

Access the climate change projections

National Marine Debris Database

CSIRO has developed an online national marine debris database that contains data on marine debris found on Australian beaches.

Access the National Marine Debris Database

Australian Wave Energy Atlas

An online web atlas of Australia’s national wave energy resource and marine management uses includes data from weather mapping, satellites and measuring stations.

Access the Australian Wave Energy Atlas

National Computational Infrastructure (NCI)

NCI provides high-performance data, storage and computing and is a leading Australian weather resource.

Access National Computational Infrastructure

Knowledge Network

Knowledge Network is an online platform that connects people to data and experts. It is a window to datasets held elsewhere, rather than a data repository

Access the Knowledge Network

Building on Australia’s strength and digital literacy

Our mentors will be available to help GovHack participants interpret our data to creative imaginative solutions. We’re also part of the judging panel.

Mentors are available online prior to, and during, the event. Join the GovHack Slack Channel .

Make sure you follow the threads: #help-mentors #talk-csiro.

Meet our mentors

Solving the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology

As Australia’s innovation catalyst, we are transforming our nation’s challenges into global opportunities to deliver value for government, industry and the Australian community.

Watch the video. You can also learn more CSIRO.

[Music plays and images flash through of an eye and then what the eye looks like right down inside] 

Narrator: A catalyst, it creates a reaction. 

[Images flash through of swirling clouds, an explosion, an eye under a microscope and a light globe]

It creates change faster. 

[Images flash through of a digital map of the globe and the globe morphs into the CSIRO logo]

CSIRO is Australia’s innovation catalyst. 

[Images flash through of a researcher looking through a microscope, the inside of a piece of equipment, people in offices, a female looking up and a rocket blasting off]

We bring Australia’s innovation ecosystem together to transform Australia’s big challenges into global opportunities.

[Images flash through of the globe with interconnecting lines across it, a piece of equipment, a wind farm, a human skull diagram with a yellow eye socket, and interconnecting lines on a map]

We collaborate with our partners across industry, government, research and community to make it all happen. 

[Images flash through of a researcher looking at a microscope slide, a piece of equipment and a researcher looking through a type of goggles]

We seek and seize what’s next on the horizon. 

[Images changes to show an aerial view of land and then the image changes to show a male operating a drone over a field]

We create solutions through science.

[Image changes to show a hexapod moving across the ground and then the image changes to show an aerial view looking down on a multi solar panel site and the camera pans around the site]

CSIRO is Australia’s national science agency. 

[Images move through of a profile view and then facing view of a male moving along and then the male looking at data on a very large screen and then the image changes to show a wind farm]

We wake up each morning because we’re making tomorrow and the future better, better for people, for business and for the planet.

[Images move through to show an aerial view of two cars moving through a satellite dish array, one of the satellite dishes rotating around, a crater type mountain and a formula being written on a window]

We believe change is good but transformation is better and innovation is where it starts.

[Images flash through of pinpoints of light which morph into many science description words and then morph into a network of lines encasing a sphere, then into an eye, and then into the CSIRO logo]

The CSIRO, Australia’s innovation catalyst, your innovation catalyst.

[Music plays and the image changes to show the CSIRO logo in the foreground of a night sky]
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