Gov. David Y. Ige, the Office of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS), and the State of Hawaii Transformation Internship Program (TIP) will host the Hawaii Annual Code Challenge (HACC) in Honolulu from Aug. 27 to Sept. 24, 2016, with a kickoff event on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Aloha Tower Marketplace (Multi-Purpose Room 3). Doors will open at 9 a.m. for participants and viewers to network and get settled before the ceremony commences at 10 a.m. 

Presented in partnership with local nonprofit Hawaii Open Data, the month-long event is being held to engage the local tech community in the modernization of Hawaii state government.

A first of its kind for the state, 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. But rather than the traditional around-the-clock development over a single day or weekend, HACC will offer an extended period for development over one month.

The kickoff event will include team formation, foundational training, and workshops. In addition, participants will select from a list of challenges themed around key problems facing the state, and then work over the next several weeks to develop their solutions. The expanded month-long timeframe is meant to encourage sustainable solutions that are appropriately matched with technologies and platforms in use or being considered by the state.

Participants will return on Sept. 24 to present their solutions for judging and winner selection. 


Submission Criteria

  • Submissions must be entirely the work of the contestants. Teams may use any software/platform of their choosing for their projects and submissions will be uploaded to the official HACC GitHub.

  • Participants and teams must register there submission here at

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$13,800 in prizes

First Place (2)

First place team as determined by the judges

Third Place

Third place team as determined by the judges

First Place- High School

Governor's HACC award

$2800 travel stipend for a team to represent Hawaii at the Global Hackathon in Saint Louis, Missouri this October.

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How to enter

UPDATE 9/10/16

The Team Formation period has closed and we are no longer accepting registration for new participants.


Find all the latest Team Formation instructions here:


David Ige

David Ige
Governor / State of Hawaii

Todd Nacapuy

Todd Nacapuy
Chief Innovation Officer / State of Hawaii

Glenn Wakai

Glenn Wakai
Senator / State of Hawaii

Garret Yoshimi

Garret Yoshimi
Chief Information Officer / University of Hawaii

Bill Hozey

Bill Hozey
Business Sales Managing Partner – Hawaii & Alaska / Verizon

Donna Scannell

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

Camille Au

Camille Au
Director, Desktop Services / Hawaiian Electric

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Includes creativity and uniqueness of the idea; point maximum for this category is 15.
  • Design
    Includes the extent to which the solution or application is polished and visually appealing; point maximum for this category is 15.
  • Potential for Long-term Sustainability of Solution
    Includes using appropriate technology currently in use or being considered for use by the State. Department Challenge Sponsors’ assessment of the solutions for their challenge(s) will be considered in scoring; point maximum for this category is 15.
  • Utility & Impact
    Includes the uniqueness of the integration and the extent to which the application impacts users or new users. 5 points are automatically awarded for a functioning prototype; point maximum for this category is 15.
  • Team Collaboration
    Includes ability for team to collaborate with State of Hawaiʻi Challenge Sponsor. During pre-screening Department Challenge Sponsors will confirm the level of collaboration with the participating code challenge team; point maximum for this category is 15.
  • Presentation & Delivery
    Includes the use of various media in the final presentation and a well-executed and engaging delivery within prescribed time limit; point maximum for this category is 15.
  • Audience Top Choice
    Points will be awarded to the top 5 teams chosen by the audience; point maximum for this category is 10. The point breakdown is 10/8/6/4/2 points for 1st/2nd/3rd/4th/5th place respectively(This criteria is not applicable during pre-screening)

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