One of the world’s biggest hackathons will return to Werribee next month.

The GovHack event, which was first held at the Wyndham Civic Centre last year, involves coders, data analysts, marketers, graphic designers, communicators and residents being put into teams and challenged to develop ideas and projects using publicly available data.

The competition runs simultaneously across Australia and New Zealand over a 46-hour period.

At the end of the event, each team submits its entries to be in the running for an award.

Wyndham’s smart city portfolio holder, Cr Aaron An, said he was excited to see what ideas people would come up with at this year’s event.

“Last year, Wyndham city hosted GovHack for the first time and it was a huge success,” he said. “We had the second largest number of participants in Victoria, with more than 100 people taking part.”

Last year, six Wyndham teams created 16 entries.

The TreeMate team, which created a mobile game with the objective of collecting information on all the trees in a neighbourhood, to motivate people to get out of their houses and connect with the environment, went on to win a national award.

“I can’t wait to see what comes out of Wyndham’s GovHack event this year,” Cr An said.

GovHack will be at the Wyndham Civic Centre, 45 Princes Highway, Werribee, from Friday, September 7 to Sunday, September 9.

Details: www.wyndham.vic.gov.au