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
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?
- 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'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 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 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?
$13,400 in prizes
FWDus Immigration Challenge
$500 cash to be shared equally among the winning team. Immigration challenge is supported by our partner at FWDus.
$500 cash to be shared equally among the winning team. This prize will be awarded to the best app that uses an ESRI map layer for a civic purpose. This prize is supported by ESRI.
Hub LA Community Prize
The solution that most effectively helps build and strengthen relationships and community in Los Angeles can submit for an annual unlimited Hub membership. This prize is supported by our partner Hub Los Angeles.
CHCF Health + Transporation Prize (2)
$2000 cash to be shared equally among the winning team for the solution that bests encourages residents to get out of their cars and take advantage of the health benefits of active transportation. This prize is supported by California HealthCare Foundation.
CHCF Children's Health Prize
$750 cash to be shared equally among the winning team for the solution that best raises awareness of local problems and encourages ideas for remedies in children's health. This prize is supported by California HealthCare Foundation.
CHCF Asthma Prize
$250 cash to be shared equally among the winning team for the solution that best connects preventative health education and early screening resources to Angelenos. This prize is supported by California HealthCare Foundation.
USC & Global Shapers LA Hub: Student Fellowship Drought Prize
One student team working on a drought-related solution, will win a Summer Fellowship at USC to turn their idea into reality in time for LA innovation week in October. The fellowship includes space, mentorship, access to VC's and workshops.
Deutsch Overall Drought Futurethon Winner (5)
Each member of the overall winning team of the Drought topic will receive either an Apple watch or a Samsung smart watch (to be delivered after the event).
Deutsch Runner Up Drought Prize (5)
The runner-up team for the drought topic will receive a swag bag filled with water-saving goodies. Includes a water saving shower-head, charcoal filter water bottle and more.
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
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.
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.
CEO, Civic Resource Group
CEO, Department of Better Technology
Chief Knowledge Architect, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Developer Evangelist, i.am+
Program Director, Civic Innovation Lab
Southern California Chapter Director, FWD.us
Chief Innovation and Technology Officer, City of LA
Chief Operations Officer, Passrock
Director of Innovation, LAEDC
President, Goldhirsh Foundation
Principal, The North Highland Company
Executive Director, California Immigrant Policy Center
Owner, Cheryl Wold & Associates
Director, Change the Course
Executive Director, Protect our Winters
Creative Director, Annenberg Innovation Lab
How original is the idea, has someone already done it?
How much will people talk about the idea and share it with their friends and family? Would the press write about it?
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.
This score gives our judges a chance to award points based on their gut reaction to the solution.