Code Challenge wins national Innovation of the Year award

Posted on Jun 27, 2018 in Featured, Main

Expanding citizen access: This winning community team at the HACC developed a more user-friendly way to access the Office of Hawaiian Affairs grants — one of several solutions to improve government services.

What started as an idea from Governor Ige to tap local tech talent to improve state services has gone on to win the top State IT Innovation of the Year award from StateScoop, based in Washington, D.C. The annual award honors the nation’s most outstanding efforts to make state and local government more efficient and effective.

Launched two years ago and coordinated by the Office of Enterprise Technology, the Hawai‘i Annual Code Challenge (HACC) pairs state departments with community and student coders to develop practical computer solutions for improving services. “The HACC proves we have the talent right here in the islands to develop future tech careers,” said the governor.

Read more in July’s Capitol Connection newsletter