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Hawaii Sponsors Month-Long Hackathon

The inaugural Hawaii Annual Code Challenge will combine state resources with coders to help solve problems.

Do you want to hack Hawaii?

Well, now’s your opportunity. Gov. David Ige, the Office of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) and the State of Hawaii Transformation Internship Program will host the first Hawaii Annual Code Challenge (HACC) on Aug. 27.

The event will be set up like a standard hackathon that brings together coders from all walks of life to brainstorm and devise solutions to state problems for one day. The HACC, however, will be held over a month-long period.

The expanded time frame is meant to encourage participants to look beyond the problems Hawaiians face every day and widen the scope to a problem that takes many hours of planning and executing. The guidelines for teams will be loose: to promote an efficient, effective and open state government.

Final judging will commence on Sept. 24 when awards will be handed out and outstanding projects may be considered for adoption by the state.

The two judges will be state CIO Todd Nacapuy and University of Hawaii CIO Garret Yoshimi.

“HACC is a great opportunity for our local tech community to engage with ETS and our public-sector stakeholders,” Yoshimi said on the HACC website, “to imagine and create solutions by engaging both students and professionals in out-of-the-box thinking to deliver enhanced services to the public.”

Ryan McCauley was a staff writer for Government Technology magazine from October 2016 through July 2017, and previously served as the publication's editorial assistant.