STEM Conference

The Hawaii Annual Code Challenge for Education (HACC4Edu) brings high school students together to develop innovative tools and applications to provide innovative services to the community. The first HACC4Edu event will be held at the STEM Conference put on by MEDB and the Women in Technology.

The HACC4Edu is based on the concept of a hackathon, a problem-solving event where creative individuals form teams and develop solutions over a set duration of time.

Hackathons serve a variety of purposes, from exploring a new technology or programming language to encouraging economic growth through technology development, and they are often sponsored by companies, nonprofit groups, and other organizations. Rather than the traditional around-the-clock development over a single day or weekend, HACC4Edu offers an extended period of development over several weeks.

The HACC4Edu event is designed to challenge students in the area of civic engagement, design thinking, data literacy, web and application development. It’s intent is to not only be a competition but an educational experience.

Hackathon Sponsors


First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


  • Teams of individuals who are at least 15 years of age as of the time of entry and enrolled in a Hawaii high school;
  • Individuals who are under 18 years of age (minors), provided they are each a member of a team that includes a minimum of one individual who are Hawaii state residents or U.S. citizens as of the time of entry (e.g.,parent, educator, advisor).
  • Parent, educator, advisor, as defined above can oversee multiple teams from the same school.


  • Submissions must be entirely the work of the contestants. Teams may use any software/platform of their choosing for their projects and submissions will be uploaded to the official HACC4edu Devpost site.
  • Participants and teams must register there submission here at

  • Team presentations on demo day are 5 minutes long. A general rule of thumb is 3 minutes presentation and 2 minutes of Q&A for the judges. This should all be concluded within the 5 minutes.

How to enter

Create a solution that meets the requirements and specifications described within one Sponsor Challenge.

Solutions will be explained and demonstrated by the team for the judging panel on April 11, 2018 at 10am Hawaii Standard Time (HST).

Each Contestant will be required to provide the following as part of the Submission:

  • A link to their app/submission
  • A link to your submission profile on Devpost including a declaration of which Challenge you've chosen to pursue -

After the Competition Submission Period has ended, the Submission cannot be modified in any way until after Judging has ended.


Dawn Amano-Ige

Dawn Amano-Ige
First Lady/State of Hawaii

Brook Conner

Brook Conner
CIO/Hawaii Dept of Education

Monir Hodges

Monir Hodges
Professor/University of Hawaii

Aaron Kawawa

Aaron Kawawa
Principal Engineer/In2lytics

Auston Stewart

Auston Stewart
Program Manager/Nalukai Academy

Judging Criteria

  • Impact
    Potential to positively impact the community as relevant to each respective Challenge pitch (25%)
  • Quality
    Quality of concept, including creativity, originality and commercial viability (25%)
  • Implementation
    Implementation of the idea (including user experience and design) (25%)
  • Teamwork
    Diversity of team and ability to leverage each others skills (25%)

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