Local celebration of National Day of Civic Hacking

Hack for LA, the largest civic hackathon in Southern California, calls to action government agencies, businesses, software developers, nonprofits, web designers, students, and civically-engaged thought leaders to address community challenges through technology innovation and application development.

Hack for LA brings LA's tech community together to solve community challenges

Futurethon Challenges

Saving Water Challenge 1: Reduce 
  • Everyone wants a nice lawn, yet landscaping accounts for over 60% of water usage in both residential and commercial real estate. How might we motivate over 2 million properties to  practice turf removal or other landscaping changes by 2020?
Saving Water Challenge 2: Reclaim
  • The City of Los Angeles imports up to 87% of its water annually. How might we implement water recycling and reclamation practices to sustain / neutralize water consumption in Los Angeles?
Saving Water Challenge 3: Remind
  • Nearly 70 % of LA residents never actually see their own water bill. What are some new, engaging, and actionable ways to communicate individual water consumption that will keep water consumption habits top of mind on a daily basis?

FWDus Challenge

  • Immigrating to the United States is rife with challenges; our tax, insurance, healthcare and drivers license policies and procedures (among many others) are bureaucratic, confusing and slow.  How can new immigrants locate resources to successfully navigate a new life in the United States? Design a solution to allow immigrants to better tackle these challenges together even before they arrive in their new country.  

ESRI Challenge

  • ESRI's GIS (geographic information systems) mapping software helps you understand and visualize data to make decisions. This challenge awards to the best app that uses an ESRI map layer for a civic purpose  

HUB LA Community Connectivity Challenge

  • Los Angeles County is home to 88 cities and 10 million people; what are new, meaningful ways to connect and build relationships across Los Angeles? The solution that most effectively helps build and strengthen relationships and community in Los Angeles can submit for an annual unlimited Hub membership. The Hub is a coworking space in DTLA dedicated to providing a physical space for agents of change working for social impact ventures.

California Health Care Foundation Challenges

Transportation + Health 
  • Walking and biking to public transportation positively affect health indicators, yet many Angelenos rarely use public transportation. How might we encourage residents to get out of their cars and take advantage of the health benefits of active transportation?
Childhood Obesity
  • Childhood Obesity affects 1 in 3 children in California. How might we best craft obesity prevention policies to make the biggest impact on reducing new cases of childhood obesity and lower existing rates? How can we use available data on childhood obesity and physical fitness rates to raise awareness of local problems and help spark ideas for remedies? 
Asthma
  • Asthma sends 50,000 people to the emergency room in Los Angeles County each year. How can we best target preventative health education and early screening resources to parts of the region that need it the most? How can we let communities know about their asthma ER rates? 

View full rules

Eligibility

Teams must present their work in person to the judges on Sunday June 7 2015 from 4-6 PM in order to be eligible for prizes.

You must include discussion of the datasets / APIs used and the technologies used in your presentation.

Teams may not have more than 10 participants.

Team leaders for the cash prize competition must be 18 years or older, or be accompanied by a parent.

All coding must take place during the hackathon weekend.

Requirements

The goal of the hackathon is to submit the concept, visual mockups, and a functional app or unique data visualization.  Teams must be able to present a prototype of the solution in order to participate in the presentation to the judges.

Judges are allowed to examine code if requested.

How to enter

All individuals and teams participating on-site during the Hack for LA event must reigster on Challengepost to be considering for prizes and judging.  You must have registered your team by 2 PM on Sunday in order to be eligible for prizes, but you have until 4 PM to finish/ update your submission.  All team members must be included on your submission. 

Judges

Greg Curtin

Greg Curtin
CEO, Civic Resource Group

Josh Goldstein

Josh Goldstein
CEO, Department of Better Technology

Jeanne Holm

Jeanne Holm
Chief Knowledge Architect, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Lilly Kam

Lilly Kam
Developer Evangelist, i.am+

Kat Karimi

Kat Karimi
Program Director, Civic Innovation Lab

Catherine Lyons

Catherine Lyons
Southern California Chapter Director, FWD.us

Peter Marx

Peter Marx
Chief Innovation and Technology Officer, City of LA

Tracy Randall

Tracy Randall
Chief Operations Officer, Passrock

Chris Rico

Chris Rico
Director of Innovation, LAEDC

Tara Roth

Tara Roth
President, Goldhirsh Foundation

Todd Sargent

Todd Sargent
Principal, The North Highland Company

Reshma Shamasunder

Reshma Shamasunder
Executive Director, California Immigrant Policy Center

Cheryl Wold

Cheryl Wold
Owner, Cheryl Wold & Associates

Hollie Stenson

Hollie Stenson
Director, Change the Course

Chris Steinkamp

Chris Steinkamp
Executive Director, Protect our Winters

Erin Reilly

Erin Reilly
Creative Director, Annenberg Innovation Lab

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Kurt Daradics

Kurt Daradics

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    How original is the idea, has someone already done it?
  • Shareability
    How much will people talk about the idea and share it with their friends and family? Would the press write about it?
  • Feasability
    Can the idea be implemented today or in the near future? Is there anything that is stopping this idea from becoming a reality?
  • Potential for Impact
    What is the potential for impact? How could this idea demonstrably improve the situation at hand.
  • Gut Reaction
    This score gives our judges a chance to award points based on their gut reaction to the solution.