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

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.

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Prizes

$17,500 in prizes

Best Hack for LA App - First Prize

$3,000 cash to be shared equally among the winning team. The best app using local Los Angeles City data. Best Hack for LA prizes are supported by Google, Socrata, and i.am.angel Foundation.

Best Hack for LA App - Second Prize

$1,500 cash to be shared equally among the winning team. Second prize for best app using local Los Angeles City data. Best Hack for LA prizes are supported by Google, Socrata, and i.am.angel Foundation.

Best Hack for LA App - Third Prize

$750 cash to be shared equally among the winning team. Third place for best app using local Los Angeles City data. Best Hack for LA prizes are supported by Google, Socrata, and i.am.angel Foundation.

tapdn prize for best social enterprise app:

This $3000 team prize will go to the best app with a social value/ community mission that is also designed to be a business or social venture.

Demand Media health and fitness prize:

This $2500 prize will go to the team that develops the best health and fitness app. Teams will have access to Demand Media's Livestrong/ MyPlate API.

Cornerstone OnDemand Volunteer Management App:

This $2500 prize will go the best app designed to manage volunteerism within a business. The winning team should consider the ability to track volunteer skills, qualifications and training; identify, schedule and track volunteer events; recognize and recommend individual performance; and match individual skillset with volunteer program/event.

Sprint Latino App Prize:

This $2500 prize will go to the best app designed for the Latino/ Spanish-speaking community in LA.

Best Google Civic Information API App:

This prize goes to the app making best use of the Google Civic Information API which allows developers to easily identify who represents a given residential address at all levels of elected government (federal, state, county, city and local). Prize: $1,000 to be shared by the winning team.

Best Hack for LA App - Fourth Prize

General Assembly Prize for the Team with the Most Potential:

General Assembly will provide $50 class credit to each member of one team judged to have the most room to grow and improve. Total prize value will depend on the size of the winning team.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Teams must present their work in person to the judges on Sunday Dec 8 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 working prototype of the app 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

Hack for LA Judges Panel

Hack for LA Judges Panel
Hack for LA

Judging Criteria

  • Originality of the idea and potential impact on Los Angeles
    Apps will be judged based on their originality and creativity as well as their potential impact on the community and the challenges and opportunities we face here in Los Angeles.
  • Clear articulation of the idea
    Teams will be judged on their ability to clearly articulate the details, goals, data, and process they used in development of their submission.
  • Technology used in the submission
    Judges will rank submissions based on the technologies and platforms used as well as the extent and quality of coding completed during the weekend.
  • Feasibility and appeal
    Judges will consider the feasibility of implementation and likelihood of adaption and use by the Los Angeles community.