Last night, Outware hosted Part 1 of BudgetHack.

By working with the wider community in a user-centered & data-driven approach, BudgetHack is the first time the Victorian Government has partnered with Code for Australia to start a conversation and present ideas and technology solutions that make the budget more accessible and understandable. Well beyond the event, we hope to see the government make data meaningful, and enable the community to better understand the decisions that are made in the budget.

Event partners: Code for Australia, Victorian Government, Outware Mobile, NAB, X-Team & Future Assembly



To present ideas and technology solutions that make the budget more accessible and understandable.



We were incredibly excited to hold our first public event in our new La Trobe Street office. Seeing the breakout area fill out from this:


To this:




With some great opening speeches from Code for Australia, Victorian Government and our very own Director, Gideon Kowadlo, the hackathon kicked off!




Teams came together quickly and started brain storming great ideas about how to make budget data more accessible. There was a great buzz around the room, and the pizza, drinks and chips kept us going well into the evening.




We can’t wait to see all these great innovative ideas come to life in a couple of weeks time when we get back together for Part 2 of BudgetHack @Zendesk.

Great work to everyone and thanks to all the partners and participants who came along!

Upcoming Hackathon: BudgetHack banner

We’re really excited be a partner in Code for Australia‘s upcoming hackathon: BudgetHack.

Code for Australia is a passionate and skilled community that works with government to develop tech-based solutions to solve civic-problems. Through their work, they believe they can lend not only their voices, but their hands to drive collaboration and transparency, accelerate economic growth and reanimate citizenship. Outware is proud to partner with Code for Australia in our second joint hackathon event, alongside the Department of Premier and Cabinet as well as NAB.


BudgetHack is a two part Hackathon, where self-formed teams try to find technology solutions that will make the Government budgeting process more transparent and accessible to the communities that need it most. Register Now!


Hackathons are a great way to generate ideas, test new technologies, learn new skills, get creative, collaborate and have fun! All while solving real problems by creating working, usable software. We love hackathons and run several of our own throughout the year. Partnering with Code for Australia means more people, more ideas and more collaboration!


The Hackathon will be split over two dates, one fortnight apart.

23rd March @ Outware Mobile:  Level 3, 469 La Trobe Street, Melbourne

After a short presentation from the Victorian Government and Code for Australia, we will split into groups to work on how might we best make Victoria’s budget data from 2015 more accessible, understandable and transparent. 

6th of April @ Zendesk: 3/395 Collins St, Melbourne

The teams will finalise their projects, whip up a 2min presentation and present to a panel of judges. Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Mr Philip Dalidakis MLC will then present the winning teams with the cash prize.



Not a techie? That’s ok! We encourage non-technical folks to pair up and learn from our community’s designers and developers. We’ve seen time and time again, the best civic projects come from multi-disciplinary teams can can bring together various perspectives and expertise.