MAVHACK 2020 – A facilitated discussion exploring the viability, cost and benefits of a sector-wide Data Exchange

10am-12pm, Friday 28 August 2020 on MAVTV

A Digital Innovation Futures Victoria event, MAVHACK 2020 will discuss how sharing and visualisation of data might help councils, community and local businesses co-design ways to accelerate recovery from the Covid disaster in Victoria.

Over the recent summer season in the UK, restaurants were supported in recovery with the provision of outdoor space for additional customer seating. This helped make the restaurants more economically viable as they complied with required social distancing measures.

This MAVHACK will consider how providing meaningful visualisations of key data collected by councils might help local businesses and communities to identify, create and measure the effectiveness of recovery initiatives – including rethinking how we can use council and community infrastructure and assets to support areas of greatest need.

Specifically, we will explore the potential benefits, costs and viability of sharing the data visualisation tools of the Geelong Data Exchange with more councils and data custodians, so that Covid recovery initiative insights can be more equitably and effectively shared by communities across Victoria.

Join us for this first discussion at 10am on Friday.

The Geelong Data Exchange is a finalist in this year’s MAV Technology Awards for Excellence. If you missed the presentation at our first Collaboration Cafe session, you can view the video here:


MAVHACK 2019 was highly successful in introducing a broader council audience to the benefits of design thinking, customer focus and multi-stakeholder collaboration, as part of the statewide Digital Innovation Festival. Held in four locations, the event dates were:

MAVHACK Healesville – 28-29 August 2019

MAVHACK Ballarat – 2-3 September 2019

MAVHACK Metro – 4-5 September 2019

MAVHACK Presentation Day in Melbourne (all teams) – 6 September 2019

See the event videos above and presentation decks below.

The community pain points addressed in MAVHACK 2019 were:

Waste and resource recovery:
How might local councils help to educate, recognise and reward kids, households and businesses to generate less waste?

Financial Sustainability / Business & Digital Transformation:
How might local government collaborate to provide quality, discoverable and consumable data that supports citizens and businesses to generate less waste?


MAVHACK Yarra Ranges – Team Gold

MAVHACK Yarra Ranges – Team Green

MAVHACK Ballarat – Team Blue

MAVHACK Ballarat – Team Red

MAVHACK Metro – Team Purple

MAVHACK Metro – Team Orange

Next steps

A workshop was held in October 2019 to explore how the six solutions might be combined into a single program to encourage waste minimisation. Further program development is now underway to secure support for implementation in 2020.


MAVHACK 2018 was held on 3-5 September 2018, in Geelong (at Federal Mills Park Innovation hub) and Morwell (at Gippsland Tech School) as part of the statewide Digital Innovation Festival. The community pain points addressed in MAVHACK 2018 were:

How might we use technology to optimise road infrastructure, reduce maintenance costs and improve citizen experience?

Jobs and business creation:
How might we use technology to create economic opportunities for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal citizens who want to live and work locally?

The “jobs & business creation” theme included exploration of key economic opportunity topics for each region, as well as social procurement barriers and opportunities.

The presentation event happened simultaneously at both regional locations, with a video link connecting audiences at Geelong and Morwell. It was attended by MAV Technology members and senior representatives from the MAV, Victorian Councils, VicRoads, the Victorian Government.

Solutions for how local government can support the establishment of Aboriginal businesses and employment opportunities in regional locations included the “Go2” mentoring app. A plan for further discovery and development of the app has since been delivered and funding alternatives for implementation are now being explored.


Team Geelong Presentation Decks

Team Morwell Presentation Decks



MAVHACK1 was held in September last year. It was highly successful in introducing a broader council audience to the benefits of design thinking, customer focus and multi-stakeholder collaboration. See the event videos and presentation decks above.

Since the event, MAVHACK teams have been working towards a proof of concept for each of the MAVHACK solutions:

  • Disabled Parking Permits – Proof of concept

VicRoads has built upon the work done at MAVHACK and engaged Ansible  (one of the MAVHACK facilitators), to develop a strategic roadmap for a new state-wide system for managing disabled parking permit applications and compliance, by the end of this year.

On Thursday May 24, VicRoads convened a post-MAVHACK Disability Parking Permit update at Abbotsford Convent. We thank everyone who participated on the day for the continued lively, frank and insightful discussion on the topic. VicRoads captured a lot of feedback and queries to consider and use in the next phase of the project’s development.

A summary of the discussion and a high-level view of the of deliverables for Phase 1 of the Disability Parking Permit project is available here on the MAV Tech website.

VicRoads is keen to continue the conversation with council stakeholders throughout this process, and would like to hear from anyone interested in future workshops or surveys that couldn’t register on the day.  Please email if you would like to register to be contacted for any future participation opportunities.

We will communicate the timeline of the project to councils to engage and inform them of the progress of this MAVHACK initiative.

  • “Jocelyn” Planning Permits – Proof of concept

The “Jocelyn” MAVHACK solution was to develop a chat bot with Artificial Intelligence to streamline the planning permit application process. MAV Technology, the City of Wyndham, the City of Ballarat, the City of Casey and Cardinia Shire Council decided that the minimum viable product for Jocelyn was to develop a POC for shed permit applications in the participating council areas.

The Jocelyn POC scope and business requirements has been developed by participating councils and MAV Tech in collaboration with Land Use Victoria (DELWP), Ansible, Digital Reign and Telstra.

Funding options for delivering the POC are now being explored, including direct investment by the participating councils, investment by the MAV, and investment of resources and/or funds by various Victorian Government departments.

We expect to make funding and/or partnership announcements to progress this POC in the next few weeks.

  • “Pop Drop” Waste Management – Proof of concept

Thirty-two councils responded to a survey distributed by the MAV in December. Information collected included the cost of collecting illegally dumped rubbish, the three most commonly dumped items, current recycling initiatives and current and past collection mechanisms.

The MAV received advice from more than 40 councils that they are interested in either participating in or being kept informed of any collaborative activities aimed at addressing this issue.

This is the least developed POC, but also probably the easiest to implement. We have collected data on the most problematic hard rubbish items in several regions. We have also collected council contacts who are interested in pursuing this concept in their council area. Next steps are to identify councils with similar hard rubbish problems to solve and then explore whether a recycler for said items can be identified and engaged in the POC.

Work on this concept will commence when the two POCs above are better established.