Open to everyone, from students to amateurs to professionals, the Hawaii Annual Code Challenge (HACC) is a hackathon-inspired competition designed to engage the community in modernizing state functions and services and support IT workforce development. Conceived by Gov. David Y. Ige, the event is coordinated by the Office of Enterprise Technology Services in partnership with Hawaii Pacific University. Multiple state departments and agencies will put forth challenges to community participants for identifying innovative ways to promote a more effective, efficient and open government.
The theme for the challenges this year will be focused on fostering community resilience while building on the foundation set forth in the Aloha+ Challenge Dashboard. The Aloha+ Challenge is a statewide commitment to achieve six interconnected sustainability goals for 2030 and is recognized as a localized framework for the global United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Dashboard measures statewide progress on Hawai‘i’s sustainability goals.
Additionally, the AGathon developed by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and Hawaii Technology Development Corporation (HTDC), will be joining forces with HACC as the AGathon aligns with the Food Production & Consumption vertical of the Aloha+ Challenge dashboard measures. Joining both events offers greater impact and visibility, bringing agriculture challenges to the forefront.
The HACC breaks the mold of a traditional hackathon, which typically takes place over a single day or weekend. The HACC provides an expanded multi-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.