Transcript - Paul's speech at GovHack 2015 (November 2015)

Paul Shetler: Thank you. Yeah, it’s been six weeks, it’s been six pretty amazing, whirlwind weeks. I’ve been loving every single minute of it. Thank you very much for having me at this event. I’ve heard an awful lot about it from other people in the team, and I’m really really looking forward to seeing some of the hacks. I’ve already seen a few of them, and I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of them later on this evening. Obviously, we’ve got a great evening ahead of us, and I’m as excited as you are to get to the Awards part of the evening, so I’m going to keep my comments very, very brief indeed. And, in fact, I might be making a couple of brazen pitches to you. The DTO is a very new agency. We just started our life on the first July, and I like to tell people, we’re probably the most petite agency in the Australian Government, but we have whole-of-government responsibilities, so it’s an interesting challenges. And I think it’s very interesting that one of the first public initiatives that we’ve taken has been the actual relationship with GovHack, and with this particular event. And that action was done for a few reasons. The DTO has an enormous job ahead of us, and we need the absolute best people on board to help us achieve what we want to do - and that is to transform the face of Australian public services, to the people of Australia, to the people who want to access them. We think that some of the very best and brightest people can be found at events like this. And so if you’re here, and if you’re involved with GovHack, you’re already showing that you want to work on stuff that matters, and that’s what we’re about. So, if you haven’t heard, we are recruiting! And our website is at dto.gov.au. I would encourage people who are interested in working at DTO to let it be known there. Go to the site, let us know if you’re interested in joining us, because we are looking for developers, we’re looking for product managers, we’re looking for delivery managers, user researchers, interaction designers, technical architects, webops engineers, and so on. So I said that there’d be a bit of a brazen pitch, and that was it. We’re also looking to fill the role of ethical hacker, which I think has raised a bit of interest. So, if you’re interested in that also, please do let us know. We’re also supporting GovHack, however, for a broader reason, which is that we understand the importance of collaboration between organisations and agencies, between the public sector and the private sector, and between teams made up of people from different disciplines, right? Again, we are looking to change the face of public services, but we know that can’t be done by one very petite, brand-new agency sitting in Canberra by itself. That can only be done by collaboration between us, the open-source community, the start-up scene, small-medium enterprises, and academia, and that is why we’re here. So we’re looking to drive a culture of collaboration between government and all those different areas. Finally, DTO is extremely focused - and as you get to know me better, you’ll see that I kind of live and breathe this - is very fixed on delivery, because is delivery is what is basically our capital, delivery is what allows us to go forward another day, delivery is what the people of Australia expect of us. ‘So deliver quickly, iterate wildly, and getting a viable product as your iterate’ - that is our slogan. And GovHack provides a safe space for agencies to learn by doing, and to dip their toe in the water of civic hacking, right? So I think that government agencies should be encouraging their staff to participate in initiatives like GovHack, to learn how to develop skills, to learn how to collaborate, and to aspire to work in bold, new and different ways. In conclusion, we’re really excited to be involved in GovHack 2015, and I want to thank the organisers, and congratulate all the participants for putting on such a successful event, and I wish everybody the best of luck in tonight’s event. Thank you.