The Challenge

Utilize data from the open data portal to generate ideas that will 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.


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 codeathon event, these are to assist with team challenges.

The Prize

Grand Prize of recognition with the Governor’s Office, photo and press release, video on website and lunch with key Commonwealth staff.


Special Prize categories will be recognized for:


SAP’s Veterans Challenge Use Case Award: SAP Prize Package

  • SAP Swag Bag
  • HarrisLogic Butterfly Board
  • 5 hours of business lifecycle coaching package with C-level HarrisLogic Executives
  • SAP Design Thinking Training

IBX Warm Handoff Use Case Award: Independence Blue Cross Foundation Prize Package

  • $1,000
  • Up to 80 hours of mentoring from Independence resources
  • 6 months of office space at the Independence Center for Health Care Innovation

Best Use of Esri Technology: Esri Prize Package

  • 1 year ArcGIS Developer subscription/license valued at $1500-$1800 per person for up to 5 people

Best Use of Datasets/API: Socrata Prize Package

Humanity Award: Scattergood Prize Package

Best Prototype/API: Harrisburg University Prize Package

Innovation Award: Cisco Prize Package

Best Use of a Use Case/Visualization: Tableau Prize Package

Best Team Award: Code4PA Prize Package

  • Innovation Award
  • Best Use of Dataset/API
  • Best Use of Use Case
  • Best Use of Geospatial Technology Using Esri Technology
  • Best Prototype or App Design
  • Best Team Award

Judging Criteria

Winners will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Design – 25%
    The solution takes into account user-centered design principles. The user interface is visually appealing, well laid out, intuitive, and easy to use and understand.
  • Potential for Impact – 25%
    The solution has a clear user and positions actors to make significant strides in advancing treatment, understanding usage or gaps, improving prevention or treatment that will result in saving lives.
  • Technical Achievement – 25%
    The solution addresses the primary goals of the Code-a-Thon through connecting a variety of health data sources – of which at least one is a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania state or federal dataset – and demonstrates potential for scale and/or broader application in public health.
  • Innovation – 25%
    The solution represents a new, original idea that integrates data in an unprecedented and novel way.

Pitch Day/Judging Plans – Regional Winners move to Final Round

  • Regional Rounds held at each Location. 5-minute Live Presentation followed by 2-minutes of questions
  • Template is provided under Tools for presentation
  • Presentations must be submitted by October 14th, 2018
  • Use the Slack Channel (code4pa) to ask questions during the month between kickoff and October 17th submittal
  • Winners from Regionals will move on to Final Rounds in the afternoon
  • Final rounds will be broadcast across all 4 locations with our Commonwealth Judging Panel located in Harrisburg at Harrisburg University
  • Final Round presentations will use the same presentations from Regionals to present to Commonwealth Judging Panel with 3-minutes allowed for questions
  • Time schedule will be strictly followed
  • Regional Team presentation schedule will be posted Friday October 19th, 2018
  • Final Team presentation schedule will be posted during the lunch break on Pitch Day
  • Teams must be ready to start immediately after the prior team has finished
  • The day will be fast and furious with a break and some fun between rounds, lunch and before Awards Ceremony

Team Participation

Teams can consist of 2 to a maximum of 6 members. Don’t have a team, register as an individual and you’ll be placed on a team.


Teams in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia will participate onsite Friday evening from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM for the kickoff festivities and then for a day of coding from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Saturday September 22nd, 2018. Everyone will come together again onsite for a fast-paced pitch day starting TBD by each location. You will receive an email in early October with the start time for your pitch location. It will be somewhere between 8:00am and 9:00am based on the number of teams that must pitch.


Registration is closed and Code4PA has reached our capacity for 2018. Our thanks to all who registered!