Hawaii last week announced its first annual “Code Challenge” (HACC)–a monthlong competition that seeks to involve the local tech community in the state’s modernization efforts.  HACC harnesses the concept of a “hackathon” yet strays from the typical 24- to 48-hour format, running Aug. 27 to Sept. 24.

The challenge is a product of collaboration among Hawaii Gov. David Ige, the Office of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS), the State of Hawaii Transformation Internship Program (TIP), and a partnership with local nonprofit, Hawaii Open Data.

From exploring new programming language to developing innovative tech solutions for economic growth, the monthlong challenge period enables participants to develop solutions that not only meet immediate needs, but also match with technologies/platforms currently in use or being considered by the state.  This extended time period encourages more sustainable solutions, increasing the chances of statewide implementation.

There are no restrictions for participating in HACC–all are encouraged to compete in one of the following categories: elementary school, middle school, high school, college, and open. Registration is not yet open.

Judges include Todd Nacapuy, State of Hawaii Chief Innovation Officer, and Garret Yoshimi, University of Hawaii CIO, who will judge each entry based on their presentations come Sept. 24.  A range of prizes will be awarded.

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