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ETS NEWS RELEASE: Hawaii Annual Code Challenge culminates with ‘Demo Day’

Posted on Sep 22, 2017 in Latest Department News

The 2017 Hawaii Annual Code Challenge (HACC), Hawaii’s largest hackathon, will culminate this Saturday as Gov. David Ige welcomes scores of community teams who will be presenting their innovative solutions to various state challenges.

The event coincides with “National Day of Civic Hacking,” part of a nationwide effort led by Code for America to encourage individuals with technology skills to work together to show that government can work in the 21st Century.


HACC Judging and Awards (a.k.a. “Demo Day”)


SATURDAY, Sept. 23, 2017

  • 9 a.m. — Doors open
  • 10 a.m. — Welcome by Gov. David Ige and Chief Information Office Todd Nacapuy
  • 10:30 a.m.-noon — Team presentations
  • Noon-1 p.m. — Lunch; judges confer (concurrent)
  • 1-1:30 p.m. — Award presentations:  1st, 2nd and 3rd place, as well as top college and high school teams


East-West Center, Imin Conference Center, Keoni Auditorium
1777 East-West Rd., Honolulu
(directly across from Kennedy Theater)


  • Panel of Judges
    • Gov. David Y. Ige
    • Sen. Glenn Wakai
    • Todd Nacapuy, Chief Information Officer, State of Hawaii
    • Robbie Melton, Executive Director, Hawaii Technology Development Corporation
    • Miller Abel, Principal Technologist, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    • John Ambris, Senior Solutions Engineer, BMC Software
    • Richard Eber, Manager of Enterprise Application & Integration Services, Hawaiian Electric Company
    • Steven Schutte, Government Account Manager, Verizon
    • Donna Scannell, Vice President of IT Operations and Business Information Officer, Kaiser Permanente
  • Burt Lum, Executive Director, Hawaii Open Data (event partner)
  • Russel Cheng and Jason Sewell, Co-Founders of DevLeague (event partner)
  • Ryan Ozawa, a.k.a. @Hawaii (emcee)
  • 21 community teams of coders and innovators of all ages


  • Opening remarks and proclamation presentation by Gov. Ige
  • Team solution presentations tackling the following challenges:
    • Department of Health Environmental Action Level (EAL) Surfer
    • Office of Hawaiian Affairs Grant Data
    • Land Use Commission Information Intake
    • Attorney General Mobile Hawaii Revised Statutes
    • Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Broadband MapIT
    • Aloha+ Challenge Data Visualizer
    • Office of Elections Volunteer Scheduler
    • University of Hawaii Building Locator
  • Award presentations
  • Interview opportunities with 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. 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]