ETS NEWS RELEASE: Governor to Kick Off Month-Long ‘HACC’ Competition

Posted on Aug 15, 2017 in Latest Department News

Schedule of Events and Activities Announced

HONOLULU –– Gov. David Y. Ige will provide opening remarks at the 2017 Hawaii Annual Code Challenge (HACC) Kickoff on Aug. 26, 2017, welcoming hundreds of anticipated computer programmers, software developers, and tech-minded innovators to launch the four-week, hackathon-inspired competition.

“We invite the local tech community to join us in working toward improving how our state government interacts with and serves the public,” Gov. Ige said. “The 2017 Hawaii Annual Code Challenge is on track to exceed the success of last year’s inaugural event, which brought together hundreds of participants with our state employees and partners.”

The HACC breaks the mold of a traditional hackathon, which typically takes place over a single day or weekend. The HACC provides an expanded month-long timeframe intended to encourage interaction between community teams and state personnel throughout ideation and development, ultimately resulting in implementable solutions. A number of proofs of concept from last year’s competition are in development and scheduled for launch later this year.

The 2017 HACC schedule of events and activities follows:

HACC Kickoff — Saturday, Aug. 26, at East-West Center, Keoni Auditorium
9 – 10 a.m. Registration
10 a.m. Welcome, including opening remarks by Gov. David Y. Ige
10:30 – noon Challenge idea presentations by state departments/agencies
Noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch and community team formation
1:30 – 4 p.m. Workshops
Technical Review Submission Deadline — Sunday, Sept. 17
By 11:59 p.m. Community teams will be required to submit work completed up to this point for evaluation by the HACC Technical Review Committee. Teams meeting minimum requirements will qualify for an invitation to present their solutions at the HACC Judging and Awards event.
HACC Judging and Awards — Saturday, Sept. 23, at East-West Center, Keoni Auditorium
9 a.m. Doors open
10 a.m. Welcome and introduction of panel of judges
10:30 – noon Presentation of challenge solutions by community teams
Noon – 1 p.m. Lunch and judging (concurrent)
1 – 1:30 p.m. Award presentations

Additional foundational training and workshops will be scheduled and available to participants throughout the month.

Conceived by Gov. Ige, the HACC is coordinated by the Office of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) in partnership with the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation, local nonprofit Hawaii Open Data, DevLeague, and multiple state departments and agencies that will put forth challenges to community participants for identifying innovative ways to improve government services.

This year’s HACC is made possible with support from BMC, Hawaiian Electric Companies, Kaiser Permanente, Kamehameha Schools, KPMG, Salesforce together with Pacific Point, and Verizon Wireless. Additional support is being provided by Adobe, eWorld, Transform Hawaii Government, Unisys, RevaComm, DRFortress, Oracle, and Socrata. Other partners include East-West Center, GitHub, Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training, Airship CMS, and XLR8UH/Sultan Ventures.

Individuals are highly encouraged to register in advance of the HACC Kickoff to secure their seat and participant benefits. The list of challenges will be announced at the kickoff. To register or for more information, visit

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Download high-resolution photos from last year’s HACC at:[email protected]/albums/72157682819417224

Media Contact:
Keith DeMello
Senior Communications Manager
Office of Enterprise Technology Services
(808) 586-1866
[email protected]