2017 Hawaii Annual Code Challenge Gets Underway!

The month-long Hawaii Annual Code Challenge (HACC) kicked off on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the East-West Center, Keoni Auditorium, with hundreds of computer programmers, software developers, and tech-minded innovators accepting the State of Hawaii’s challenge to lend their collective creativity toward improving state government. Community teams will return for the HACC Judging and Awards on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Open to everyone, from students to amateurs to professionals, the HACC is a hackathon-inspired competition designed to engage the local tech community in modernizing state functions and services for a more effective, efficient and open government. Conceived by Gov. David Y. Ige, the event is coordinated by the Office of Enterprise Technology Services in partnership with the High Technology Development Corporation, local nonprofit Hawaii Open Data, and multiple state departments and agencies that will put forth challenges to community participants for identifying innovative ways to improve government services.

‘HACC’ Takes Hackathon Model to the Next Level

The HACC breaks the mold of a traditional hackathon, which typically takes place over a single day or weekend. The HACC provides an expanded four-week timeframe meant to encourage interaction between community teams and state department personnel, ultimately resulting in sustainable solutions that are appropriately matched with technologies and platforms in use or being considered by the state. Beginning at the HACC Kickoff, community participants form teams and select from a list of challenges themed around key problems facing the state.


HACC KickoffVideo of HACC Kickoff

Saturday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
East-West Center, Keoni Auditorium

HACC Checkin #1
Video of HACC Check #1

Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Manoa Innovation Center
Agenda: Requirements gathering from state “subject matter experts”; Salesforce informational presentation

GitHub Workshop

Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, 5 p.m.
Manoa Innovation Center
Agenda: Mentored workshops for beginners to Git and GitHub

HACC Checkin #2

Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, 10 a.m.
Manoa Innovation Center
Agenda: ArcGIS; Mobile Apps

HACC Checkin #3

Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, 10 a.m.
Manoa Innovation Center
Agenda: What teams need to do to post solutions to DevPost, how to create a short video, and what happens on Code Commit.

Technical Review Submission Deadline

Sunday, Sept. 17, 11:59 p.m.
Community teams will be required to submit work completed up to this point for evaluation by the HACC Technical Review Committee. Teams meeting minimum requirements will qualify for an invitation to present their solutions at the HACC Judging and Awards event.

HACC Judging and Awards
(a.k.a. “Demo Day”)

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
East-West Center, Keoni Auditorium
Doors open at 9 a.m.

Team Registration and Rules

Please designate one (1) person per team as the Team Captain; they are responsible for filling out the Team Registration Form with the required information of EACH team member.


Please review the rules below for our 2017 Hawaii Annual Code Challenge. All participants will be required to eSign the form below. After eSigning the form, you will be emailed a signed copy.

Download HACC 2017 Official Rules and Guidelines PDF

Media Highlights


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State of Hawaii
Governor David Ige

“Innovation is not just a technological phenomenon. It crosses all industries, including agriculture, fashion, ‘media and design,’ clean energy, and healthcare. It creates good paying jobs that keep our best and brightest here where we need them.”

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Chief Innovation Officer
State of Hawaii
Todd Nacapuy

“I’m looking for modern apps that make interacting with the public innovative and fun.”

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State of Hawaii
Senator Glenn Wakai

“The reinvention of government will depend heavily on improvements to our technology infrastructure. The State needs to create processes that are Fresh, Fast, and Friendly. Tomorrow’s apps are key to giving us a government that is innovative, productive, and accountable.”


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