The Hawaii Annual Code Challenge (the “HACC”) is coordinated by the Office of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) of the State of Hawaii in partnership with the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation, Hawaii Pacific University and multiple state departments and agencies that will put forth challenges to community participants for identifying innovative ways to improve government services. The purpose of the HACC is to provide an opportunity for civic engagement to the local technology community in modernizing state functions and services for a more effective, efficient and open government, while facilitating information technology (IT) workforce development and stimulating the development of ideas that may lead to technology business and economic development for the participants.


The HACC is open to:

  1. teams of individuals who are at least 18 years of age (adults) as of the time of entry and have reviewed and acknowledged these rules and guidelines no later than October 23, 2019; and

  2. individuals who are under 18 years of age (minors), provided they are each a member of a team that includes a minimum of one individual who meets all requirements of item i. above (e.g., parent, educator, advisor).

The above are collectively “Team Members.” If a team is entering the HACC, the team must appoint and authorize one individual (the “Team Captain”) to represent, act, and enter a submission on the team’s behalf. The Team Captain must meet the eligibility requirements above. By entering a submission on behalf of a team, the individual warrants that he/she is the authorized representative to act on behalf of said team.

The HACC IS NOT open to:

  1. Individuals who are residents of, or organizations domiciled in, a country, state, province or territory where the laws of the United States or local law prohibits participating or receiving a prize in the HACC;

  2. Employees, representatives and agents involved with the design, production, paid promotion, execution, or distribution of the HACC, including the Administrator (“Promotion Entities”);

  3. Any Judge (defined below);

  4. Members of the immediate family or household of the above, including the individual’s spouse, children and stepchildren, parents and stepparents, and siblings and stepsiblings; and

  5. Any other individual whose participation in the HACC would create, in the sole discretion of the State of Hawaii and Administrator, a real or apparent conflict of interest.

Hackathon Sponsors


$8,000 in prizes

1st Place Overall

2nd Place Overall

3rd Place Overall

High School Category (2)

Donation toward school/sponsored-club

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Governor David Ige

Governor David Ige

Doug Murdock

Doug Murdock
State of Hawaii, Chief Information Officer

Christine Sakuda

Christine Sakuda
Executive Director, Transform Hawaii Government

Donna Scannell

Donna Scannell
VP of IT Operations and Business Information Officer, Kaiser Permanente

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Includes creativity and uniqueness of the idea; 15 maximum points for category.
  • Design
    Includes the extent to which the solution or application is polished and visually appealing; 15 maximum points for category.
  • Resilience
    Includes using appropriate technology currently in use or being considered for use by the State. 10 maximum points for category.
  • Utility and Impact
    Includes the uniqueness of the integration and the extent to which the application impacts users or new users. Automatically award 5 points for a functioning prototype; 10 maximum points for category.
  • Team Collaboration
    Includes ability for team to collaborate with State of Hawaii Challenge Sponsor. During pre-screening Department Challenge Sponsors will confirm the level of collaboration with the participating code challenge team; 10 maximum points for category.
  • Presentation and Delivery
    Includes the use of various media in the final presentation and a wellexecuted and engaging delivery within prescribed time limit; 10 maximum points for category.

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