To engage the local tech community in the modernization of Hawaii state government, Gov. David Y. Ige and the Office of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) presented the first Hawaii Annual Code Challenge (HACC) from Aug. 27 to Sept. 24, 2016.
The purpose of the HACC is to bring local talent together to develop modern tools and applications to provide enhanced government services to the public. The event also provides opportunities for students to network and show off their skills to the public and private-sector professional communities.
A first of its kind in Hawaii, the HACC is based on the concept of a hackathon, a problem-solving event that brings together creative individuals over a set duration. Hackathons serve a variety of purposes, from exploring a new technology or programming language to encouraging economic growth through technology development, and they are often sponsored by companies, nonprofit groups, and other organizations. Rather than the traditional around-the- clock development over a single day or weekend, HACC offers an extended period for development over one month.
The expanded month-long timeframe is being provided to encourage solutions that not only meet immediate needs and/or serve desired functions, but also are appropriately matched with technologies and platforms in use or being considered by the state, increasing viability for implementation and long-term sustainability.
“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.”
“I’m looking for modern apps that make interacting with the public innovative and fun.”
“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.”
“HACC is a great opportunity for our local tech community to engage with ETS and our public sector stakeholders, to imagine and create solutions by engaging both students and professionals in out-of-the-box thinking to deliver enhanced services to the public.”
“Competitions like HACC help to spark big ideas and innovations. These teams can show us how we can use technology to tackle social challenges in new ways to improve our community.”
“Events like the Hawaii Annual Code Challenge are a great platform to showcase our local IT talent. Creating solutions to make government services more efficient and effective can grow Hawaii’s innovation economy, create high-tech jobs and improve the quality of life for all Hawaii residents.”
“HACC is a creative venue to develop modern, technological solutions to our state’s challenges while drawing on the vast talent in Hawai‘i. As a company, Hawaiian Electric is pleased to partner with the Governor, state administration and other sponsors to develop sustainable, cost-effective solutions that support our State’s resources.”