CODE4PA HACKATHON 2018

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic


September 21 – September 22, 2018
Pitch Date: October 20th

What is Code4PA?

Code4PA is a hackathon that encourages learning, collaboration, growth, innovation, and fun among PA’s network of technical talent. Through a series of collaborative events, teams will utilize state and local data to generate ideas, designs, prototypes and/or apps to increase transparency and efficiency for public engagement with the government.

 

This year’s theme is to help Pennsylvania turn data into insights for the Opioid Epidemic. Participants will use a variety of datasets related to opioids and develop a solution to address one of the following challenge tracks:

 

  • Preventing Opioid-Use Disorder
  • Rescue – Saving Pennsylvania Lives
  • Ensuring Access to Treatment

The
Challenge

Utilize data from the data.pa.gov open data portal to generate ideas that will enhance public engagement, increase transparency into trending of state data for greater innovation and use of technology.

More datasets are in process of being published for the event, check out the list of actively engaged datasets in process HERE.

It is not required to utilize a use case for the Hackathon event, these are to assist with team challenges.

The
Prize

A Grand Prize of recognition with the Governor’s Office will be awarded as well as other additional specialty awards.

The
Schedule

21

Friday, September 21

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Cocktail Welcome Reception

Hear from Stakeholders, meet the sponsors, team formation and idea pitch.

22

Saturday, September 22

9:00am – 3:00pm

Hacking Kick Off

Q&A with experts, hacking activity, team assist, planning for the month ahead and pitch day.

20

Saturday, October 20

8:00am – 3:00pm

Project Pitch & Awards

Team pitch, judging, team fun, awards, and pictures.

The
Challenge

Utilize data from the data.pa.gov open data portal to generate ideas that will enhance public engagement, increase transparency into trending of state data for greater innovation and use of technology.

More datasets are in process of being published for the event, check out the list of actively engaged datasets in process HERE.

It is not required to utilize a use case for the Hackathon event, these are to assist with team challenges.

The
Prize

A Grand Prize of recognition with the Governor’s Office will be awarded as well as other additional specialty awards.

The
Schedule

21

Friday, September 21

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Cocktail Welcome Reception

Hear from Stakeholders, meet the sponsors, team formation and idea pitch.

22

Saturday, September 22

9:00am – 3:00pm

Hacking Kick Off

Q&A with experts, hacking activity, team assist, planning for the month ahead and pitch day.

20

Saturday, October 20

8:00am – 3:00pm

Project Pitch & Awards

Team pitch, judging, team fun, awards, and pictures.

FAQs

What is Code4PA?
Code4PA is a chance to collaborate and meet new people, learn new technology, build prototypes and apps and have fun. Everyone is welcome – programmers, developers, designers, project managers and others alike.

 

This year’s theme is to help Pennsylvania turn data into insights for the opioid Epidemic. Participants will use a variety of datasets at least one from the PA Open Data Portal and any other open dataset related to opioids may be integrated to develop a solution that will help Pennsylvania address the Opioid Epidemic. Bring all your ideas, be creative, think big, think innovatively, and develop your life-changing idea.

 

I have never been to a hackathon before, what should I do?
We love first time hackers! We will be providing mentors during the hackathon and running workshops. Come ready to learn, put your skills to work and network along the way.

 

When and where is Code4PA happening?
Code4PA will take place on September 21st – September 22nd, at HU Harrisburg: 326 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101, HU Philly: 1500 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19130 and Pittsburgh Cisco Headquarters: 323 N. Shore Dr. Suite 300, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

 

The Pitch date will be on October 20th at HU Harrisburg, HU Philly and Cisco Headquarters in Pittsburgh.

 

What is the pitch date on October 20th?
The pitch date is when teams will have 5 minute intervals to present their ideas, prototypes or model to the judges.

 

Why the time gap between the September weekend and October?
Hackathons have determined that use cases and datasets are becoming larger and wanted to allow teams time to collaboratively work on further expanding upon ideas and designs and apps.

 

Why is there a location in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and do I register at the same site if I want to participate in Philly or Pittsburgh?
Code4PA is working with the well-established civic hacking organization CodeForPhilly, and the University of Pittsburgh, CMU and the Western Regional Data Center in Pittsburgh. As part of expanding the capability of crowd souring resource expertise in Philly, Pittsburgh, and utilization of HU technology, this was an excellent opportunity for the Code4PA 2018 hackathon. Registration is at the same link, just be sure to register for your preferred location.

SPONSOR

Code4PA 2018 is looking for sponsors that are interested in the promotion of learning, collaboration, growth, and innovation among PA’s network of technical talent in helping to find innovative ways to combat the Opioid Epidemic in Pennsylvania.

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