VALA Events 2019: Solving Wicked Problems with Data and Creativity

VALA invites you to our last Guest speaker event for 2019. This 1-hour event will be run as a Zoom Webinar.

Our special Guest speaker will be Katie Hannan, Company Board Director at GovHack Australia.

Topic: Solving Wicked Problems with Data and Creativity – How libraries can work with GovHack to change the world

This year marks the 10th anniversary for GovHack. This presentation will showcase some of the highlights from the last 10 years of hackathon competitions and talk about GovHack’s goals for 2020 and beyond.

What is GovHack, what sorts of problems does GovHack help to solve, and what sort of people get involved in GovHack?

Katie Hannan, Board Director of GovHack Australia, will answer these questions and will explain how the organisation works with governments to spread the message about FAIR principles and the value of open data.

Katie will also discuss the various ways that libraries can be involved – for example as event partners, by putting forward challenges for GovHack events, identifying data that can be used in challenges, or being part of a GovHack team.

Q & A: The presenter will respond to questions throughout the presentation.

Pre-reading of other relevant information: The International Red Carpet Awards will be held on Saturday November 9, please stay tuned for details of our 10th anniversary competition winners. Keep an eye on our social media and the GovHack website: We will be live streaming the awards event.

Guest Speaker: Katie Hannan, Company Board Director, GovHack Australia

By day Katie Hannan works at CSIRO as a Data Librarian, by night she is the current Secretary of the Board of Directors at GovHack. She is passionate about storytelling, cultural history projects, linking people with information and helping to facilitate learning experiences. Katie has a background working in higher education, eResearch and projects.


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Online Webinar

FREE for VALA members.

Not a VALA member? Cost of this webinar is $22.00 AUD for non-members.
Registration is essential and numbers are limited. Registration will be confirmed via email.


Those seeking to cancel a registration are encouraged to contact the VALA Secretariat asap – registration numbers are limited for this event, and we appreciate prior advice if you are unable to attend. Please contact the VALA Secretariat (E: or Tel: 03 9844 2933).


Thursday 21 November 2019, 12.00 midday – 1.00pm AEDT.