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ETS MEDIA ADVISORY: State kicks off 2nd ‘Hawaii Annual Code Challenge’

Posted on Aug 25, 2017 in Latest Department News

Gov. David Y. Ige will provide opening remarks at the Hawaii Annual Code Challenge Kickoff this Saturday morning, welcoming hundreds of anticipated computer programmers, software developers, and tech-minded innovators to launch the four-week, hackathon-inspired competition.


Hawaii Annual Code Challenge (HACC) Kickoff


SATURDAY, Aug. 26, 2017

  • 9-10 a.m. — Registration
  • 10 a.m. — Welcome, including opening remarks by Gov. Ige
  • 10:30 a.m.-noon — Challenge idea presentations by state departments/agencies
  • Noon-1:30 p.m. — Lunch and community team formation
  • 1:30-4 p.m. — Workshops


East-West Center, Imin Conference Center, Keoni Auditorium

1777 East-West Rd., Honolulu (directly across from Kennedy Theater)


  • Gov. David Y. Ige
  • Todd Nacapuy, Chief Information Officer (CIO), State of Hawaii
  • Burt Lum, Executive Director, Hawaii Open Data (event partner)
  • Russel Cheng and Jason Sewell, Co-Founders of DevLeague
  • Ryan Ozawa, a.k.a. @Hawaii (emcee)
  • Scores of coders and other innovators of all ages from the community
  • Representatives of various state departments/agencies, including:
    • Department of the Attorney General
    • Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism
    • Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
    • Department of Heath
    • University of Hawaii
    • Office of Elections
    • Office of Hawaiian Affairs


  • Opening remarks by Gov. Ige and CIO Nacapuy (10-10:30 a.m.)
  • Various department/agency officials “pitching” their challenge ideas to improve state government (10:30 a.m.-noon)
  • Team formation, challenge selection, and workshops throughout the day
  • Interview opportunities with all of the above


The HACC provides a venue for the state to work together with the tech community to improve how state government engages and serves the public, while also helping to develop our local IT workforce.

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.

Following the HACC Kickoff, community teams will return on Sept. 23 to present their solutions for judging and the selection of winners. Awards go to the top teams, with outstanding solutions considered for implementation by the state.

For more information, visit:

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Media Contact:

Keith DeMello

Senior Communications Manager

Office of Enterprise Technology Services

(808) 586-1866

[email protected]