The 2020 cohort

The NZ GovTech Accelerator 2020 programme has welcomed eight projects, from local and central government agencies.

The teams

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Sam Gundersen,


Greater Wellington Regional Council

Water that Counts is taking a catchment-based approach to create a digital platform that brings together stories, information, data and community activities on waterways across the Wellington Region. The platform will make information more accessible, visible and meaningful for people and organisations, to enable real on-the-ground improvements to the health of our waterways and to uphold Te Mana o te Wai.

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Chanel Chang,


Kainga Ora

The current approach to social housing in NZ, often leaves people feeling isolated, with a lack of connection and community, resulting in poor social outcomes. The Kāinga Ora team is creating a flexible and innovative digital platform and framework to implement inclusive, connected and thriving communities around Kāinga Ora developments, starting with 139 Greys Ave. The platform incentivizes community engagement using time banking and virtual token currency to activate communal spaces, encourage participation and most importantly, provide the opportunity for the whole community to contribute.

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Julia McEnteer,


Land Information New Zealand and regional partners

By 2023, LiDAR would have been captured for 80% of Aotearoa. Elevation Aotearoa is creating a digital platform and proposing a partnership between central and local government that ensures people can access and use LiDAR data with ease to improve regional economic, social, and environmental outcomes. This resource will enable users to access LiDAR data, include links to download the data, provide a range of educational resources, offerings, case studies, and a place to connect with local experts and other LiDAR users.

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Alex Hough,


Wellington City Council

We live in a digital age where online services are the norm. As the public sector shifts more towards digital, we need to create channels of inclusion for people who are at risk of being left behind. The OneWellington team wants to bridge the digital divide with local access points supported by concierge services, to empower people to access the Council services and information they need to participate in their communities.

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Mark Pascall,


The DAO.Agency

Current philanthropic systems govern from a top-down approach which often leads to ineffective spend that results in disempowering, fragmented efforts to increase community wellbeing. The Wellbeing Protocol is creating a local currency platform that will allow communities to make collective decisions to increase the communities wellbeing by implementing targeted philanthropic spending. The solution will empower communities to solve their own problems.

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Owain John,


Sponsored by Spark NZ

Squawk Squad is a world-class provider of digital environmental education programmes that mobilise the next generation of environmental leaders in Aotearoa. Their scalable platform combines educational videos (think David Attenborough, kiwi-style) with engaging lesson plans that inspire tamariki to take tangible environmental action in their local communities. The team is committed to ensuring every primary school student in Aotearoa has access to quality environmental education, while inspiring government to reach its environmental objectives. The proof of delivery and vision is there, now they need the partnerships and funding to make it happen.

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Jonnie Haddon,


Councils from the Wellington region

Councils in the Wellington region want to use procurement as a tool for socio-economic good for our local communities. However, there are systemic barriers that lockout diverse suppliers from obtaining council contracts. The Procurement for Impact team has created Te Upoko o Te Ika a Māui commitment, an alliance between councils in the region to take a shared approach to supplier diversity by increasing spend with Māori, Pasifika and social enterprises through targets. This will multiply the impact of council spend on our communities.

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Emily Lambie,


Creative HQ

Government agencies are striving to innovate, the problem they face is having the data and insights about their agency’s innovative ability. Creative HQ’s team has developed and run a pilot of the Innovation Barometer, a globally unique cross-government tool that measures an agency’s innovative ability. The Barometer is a year-on-year tool that highlights an agency’s strengths and areas for improvement enabling Senior Leaders to track progress over time and benchmark their agency against other entities. The tool provides rich data that is otherwise not available to agencies, allowing for improved strategic decision making.