ETS NEWS RELEASE: Two teams share top honors at Hawaii Annual Code Challenge

Posted on Sep 25, 2016 in Latest News


“Team Cobra” to represent state at GlobalHack next month in St. Louis, Missouri

HONOLULU –– Solutions tackling state challenges involving homelessness and jail facility visitation received top honors at the Hawaii Annual Code Challenge (HACC) Judging and Awards Ceremony, held today at the Aloha Tower Marketplace.

The event was the culmination of the month-long, hackathon-inspired competition designed to engage the local tech community in the modernization of Hawaii state government.

Twenty-seven teams presented solutions to the HACC judges panel, which consisted of Gov. David Y. Ige; Sen. Glenn Wakai; Todd Nacapuy, state Chief Information Officer (CIO); Garret Yoshimi, vice president of IT and CIO, University of Hawaii; Camille Au, director, Desktop Services, Hawaiian Electric; Bill Hozey, business sales managing partner, Hawaii and Alaska, Verizon; and Donna Scannell, VP of IT operations and business information officer, Kaiser Permanente. Solutions were judged on originality, design, sustainability, utility and impact, team collaboration, presentation and delivery, and bonus points for “audience’s top choice.”

The winners were as follows:

1st Place — two-way tie! (each team receives $4,000* and will also have the opportunity to interview with Blue Startups and XLR8UH)

  • Team: Team Cobra

team-cobra-1st-place-tieChallenge Category: Homelessness (a challenge presented to HACC participants by Scott Morishige, state coordinator on homelessness)

Team Members: Arun Lee, Jayson Lee, Kyle Loo, and Kim Vo

NOTE: Team Cobra was also selected to represent the State of Hawaii at GlobalHack, being held from Oct. 21 to 23, 2016, in St. Louis, Missouri.**


  • Team: Hawaii Advanced Technology Society (HATS)

hats-1st-place-tieChallenge Category: Oahu Community Correctional Center Visitation Scheduling (a challenge presented by the Department of Public Safety)

Team Members: Andrew Abila, Gerome Catbagan, Edward Chang, Kenneth Dedicatoria, Samuel Erwin, Gabriel Farinas, Jayson Hayworth, Neil Knight, Robert Kuakini, Ben Lamosao, Duong Le, Dylan Nakahodo, Willam Ng, Rodgem Ragsac, Phillipe Rigor, Christine Rioca, Kevin Ryan, Bryan Tanaka, and Sharey Vendiola


3rd Place ($2,000)

  • Team: Local Mocos

local-mocos-3rd-placeChallenge Category: Made in Hawaii (a challenge presented by the Department of Agriculture)

Team Members: Jesse Copeland, Nikki Kobayashi, Javen Nakamoto, Bryce Saito, Steven Yamashiro, and Lisa Zhou




1st Place in Student Category ($1,000 and the opportunity to interview with Sultan Ventures)

  • Team: Team Imua (from Kamehameha Schools)

team-imua-student-1st-placeChallenge Category: Open (application assisting local high school students with preparing for college)

Team Members: Sage Foi, Davin Takahashi, Kevin Takahashi, and Zion Basque




At the HACC kickoff event on Aug. 27, more than 200 individual coders and innovators answered the call to apply their collective creativity to improving state government. Participants formed teams and selected from diverse challenges presented by state officials and personnel, to tackle over the next several weeks. Among the presenters were state Coordinator on Homelessness Scott Morishige and staff representing the Departments of Accounting and General Services, Agriculture, Health, and Public Safety, and others.

The HACC teams returned today to present their solutions for judging and selection of winners. In addition to awards, one team, Team Cobra, was selected to represent the State of Hawaii at GlobalHack. For more information on GlobalHack, visit:

The HACC is the result of collaboration across public and private sectors. In coordinating the event, the CIO-led Office of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) partnered with the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation, DevLeague, Empowered Presentations, Hawaii Open Data, Blue Startups, Sultan Ventures, and XLR8UH. Award prizes are being underwritten by sponsors such as Hawaiian Electric, Kaiser Permanente, KPMG and Verizon. Additional support is being provided by DataHouse, eWorld Enterprise Solutions, Socrata, Uber, Unisys, DRFortress, and Hawaiian Telcom.

For more information on the HACC, visit

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Team Presentations
Click the thumbnail images below to view the teams’ winning presentations.

team-cobra hats local-mocos team-imua
1st Place (tie)
& GlobalHack
Team Cobra
1st Place (tie)
3rd Place
Local Mocos
1st Place
Student Category
Team Imua

Download video at

  • VIDEO – Gov remarks1.m4v
  • VIDEO – Gov remarks2.m4v
  • VIDEO – Team Cobra – going to GlobalHack.m4v
  • VIDEO – All HACC Participants.m4v

All photos and video courtesy of the Office of Enterprise Technology Services, State of Hawaii; Sept. 27, 2016.

*Tied for top place, Team Cobra and HATS split the monetary awards previously allotted for 1st ($5,000) and 2nd ($3,000), with $4,000 going to each team.
**Team Cobra received a $2,800 stipend for use in representing the state at GlobalHack.

Media Contact:
Keith DeMello
Senior Communications Manager
Office of Enterprise Technology Services
Phone: (808) 586-1920 ext. 325
Mobile: (808) 594-3645