1What Is Ministry of Data (MoD)?
The Ministry of Data (MoD) hosts hackathons to solve the most curious technological problems faced by Government agencies. Open to developers, start-ups, entrepreneurs, data aficionados, business analytics, and innovators for a better world, a MoD Hackathon is an opportunity to solve a real validated problem and deliver a product that has great market product fit.
2Why is it different from other hackathons?
This hackathon is different from other open data government hackathons as its more commercially focused providing validated problems the are currently causing issues for the agencies involved. These problems are not only issues for the Government agencies but other industries.
3What happens after the hackathon?
If you're not already a startup, following the event, the organisers can help you make the connections with mentors, advisers, investors, potential customers and routes to learn more about building and running a startup company.
4What can I bring into the event?
You don’t have to bring all the things below however, the first four are essential. A laptop, Adapters and charging cables, Mouse & mouse pad, USB Thumb drives or external hard drives, Headphones, Phone & charger, Bluetooth adapter, USB hub, ID, A reusable water bottle, Warm & comfortable clothing (it sometimes gets a bit cold), Pens & paper (you might need this for brainstorming), Your favourite snacks (we will provide food throughout the event), Glasses (if you need them for looking at screens), and your imagination.
5What is it that you are looking for?
Ministry of Data was created to help diversify and grow the WA economy. We know there are superstar businesses here just waiting to be created or existing superstar startups just waiting for that big break. We are looking anyone who just loves to solve great problems. You don't have to want to create a business from this but the options there if you interested in talking more about it.
6Can I be an observer?
Yes, however just remember to be polite when talking to teams and try not to be too disruptive to them.
7Can the teams be remote?
Yes of course however all participants (or a representative) will need to be present during the "pitching"
8When will the datasets become available?
At the start of the event. The datasets will be available both online and on location
9How many problems can a person or team tackle?
You can tackle as many problems as you want. Some problems do complement themselves meaning you could develop a solution that fixes two problems. Remember the more you try to do that, the more you'll have to deliver.
10Can I use datasets outside of what is made available?
Yes, there is no limit on what datasets you can use. As long its legal or you have obtained the dataset legally you are free to use whatever solves the problem. In some instances you may have to create your own unique dataset to demonstrate your solution.
11How many judges will there be on the night?
We hope to have a mix of 5-6 judges from industry and the innovator community.
12Will experts that know the data be available?
Yes there will be mentors at the event that are subject matter experts in various fields
13If I cannot make this one will there be another? When?
Yes. Ministry of Data will be at a minimum an annual event.
14What if I'm not in a team?
Many people attend hackathons that aren't already part of teams. At the start of the event we will hold a team building event to ensure everyone is part of a team.
15Who owns the IP created during the hackathon?
You do. Any solution or product you create at the event remains the property of the person or persons that built it.
16Will the agencies involved use the product I build?
Potentially...All the problems are current problems and need solutions. If you solution works and meets with the agencies requirements then there is nothing stopping them from adopting your product.
17If I am an observer and decide to participate can I?
Absolutely and is encouraged. If you chose to do so you will need to make your intentions known at the registration desk on the Friday Night