Hackathon at SF State 2014

Group photo 2014

First Prize

Project: Peace Corps Peace

Team: Nick Mew, Jason Hoang, Kei Fukutani, Tsering Dalu

Second Prize

Project: Bloom Buster

Team: Jimmy Hsu, Tyler Brothers, Michael Rapadas

Third Prize

Project: Project Moses

Team: Aaron Devera, Jason Almeida, Bena Li, Kyau Choo


Business buiding, main campus.

Live Stream Schedule 

Saturday - May 31, 2014 - 10:00 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Sunday - June 1, 2014 - 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

SF civic hacking

Registration is now open

Space is limited! Register now for San Francisco Day of Civic Hacking @ SF State.

San Francisco Day of Civic Hacking @ SF State May 31-June 1, 2014

San Francisco Day of Civic Hacking (SFDoCH) at SF State, part of National Day of Civic Hacking, will take place May 31 – June 1, 2014. The event will bring together citizens, software developers, and entrepreneurs together to collaboratively create, build, and invent new solutions using publicly-released data, code and technology to improve our communities and the governments that serve them.  Anyone can participate; you don’t have to be an expert in technology, you just have to care about your neighborhood and community.


The White House: Celebrating the Second Annual National Day of Civic Hacking


Education and Healthcare

We Need Sponsors!

SFDoCH can’t happen without support from our community, so we’re looking for companies and brands looking to put their message in front of a couple hundred members of San Francisco's tech/design/tech community. Please contact Sri Ramya at (sriramya@sfsu.edu and 415-405-4102) if you are interested.


Organizing Partners


Guidelines for Judging

  • Impact

  • Complexity

  • Sustainability

  • Product

  • Presentation


Aaron Borden

Aaron Borden

Aaron is a software developer at Good Eggs in San Francisco. He studied Mathematics and Computer Science at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Today, he primarily works in javascript and coffeescript building nodejs-based web applications to help connect people to their community of local food producers. Aaron volunteers with the Code for America brigade in San Francisco and the grassroots One Laptop per Child San Francisco. He is passionate about free software, community, and education.

Peter Shanley

Peter Shanley

Peter Shanley is the Neo Evangelist and a Principal in the SF office.

Peter's passion for business strategy and customer development powers his charter to share Neo with the world. From connecting with teams across the Enterprise and Startup landscape to exposing the Neo Way to best-in-class practitioners across the globe, Peter's role bridges business development, marketing and recruiting.

Prior to joining Neo, Peter worked across the Fortune 500 and startup world to bring new ventures to market. He was a product manager at HP Labs/Snapfish and the program director of the Yahoo! Brickhouse product incubator. Between those roles he was VP of Customer Development at Betable where he led the strategic pivot that resulted in an $18.5M Series A investment.

Jason Lally

Jason Lally

Jason Lally is a Fellow with the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation. He works on open data and data analysis initiatives at the City covering topics including planning, social services and the law. Prior to his Fellowship, Jason was an urban planner working with cities to improve urban planning processes by reaching more people and providing data-driven context. He is a strong advocate for open data and open government.


Sepehr Vakil

Sepehr Vakil

Sepehr Vakil is a graduate student in the Ph.D. program in Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology in the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley. With a background in engineering and a commitment to issues of social justice, Sepehr’s research resides at the intersection of urban education, civic engagement, and STEM learning. To date, his work has focused on designing learning environments to support urban students in culturally relevant design and computational learning activities. He directs the Oakland Science and Mathematics Outreach (OSMO) project, an out of school program in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Oakland, that aims to support students and families through mentoring and tutoring services, a parent support network, culturally relevant project-based learning opportunities, and a focus on socio-emotional well being. Additionally, Sepehr is a volunteer teacher at REALM Charter School, co-teaching a Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) course named, "Data and Design for Social Change."

Adria Richards

Adria Richards

Adria Richards is a developer and entrepreneur focused on digital equality. Adria is a popular speaker at tech conferences and startups speaking about culture, tech and diversity. She is passionate about education and started teaching technology curriculum in 2007. Previously Adria consulted in technical and training roles for enterprise, nonprofits and startups, from Apple to Zendesk, delivering value and results.


Maria Navarro

Coming soon

Following in Hack for MN's footsteps, we are trying something different for our hackathon prizes. Instead of cash or another piece of plastic something, we would like to offer the winning teams...

First Prize

  1. One hour Q&A/Mentor review of their project with Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer for Mayor Lee at City and County of San Francisco.
  2. Two hours Q&A/Mentor review of their project with  Ian McFarland Founder & Chairman of Neo and 
  3. Free Zipcar membership with credit for each individual of the winning group.
  4. $10 Uber credit (no expiration)

Note: Zipcar prize can only be redeemed if the individual meets these basic requirements;

  • Over the age of 21
  • Winner can be age 18 – 20 if individual is a student at a Zipcar affiliated University  
  • Must possess a license for over 1 year (US or International)
  • Must have clean driving record (no multiple infractions or misdemeanors within an 18 month period)
  • Cannot have a DUI within the last 7 years


Nick Mew

Jason Hoang

Kei Fukutani

Tsering Dalu

Challenge: Peace Corp Peace

Second Prize

One hour Q&A/Mentor review of their project with Marc Yves Touitou, San Francisco’s Chief Information Officer and Director of the Department Technology.


Jimmy Hsu

Tyler Brothers

Michael Rapadas

Challenge: Harmful Algal Bloom

Third Prize

One hour Q&A/Mentor review of their project with Cyd Harrell, Code for America's rockstar UX evangelist.


Aaron Devera

Jason Almeida

Bena Li

Kyau Choo

Challenge: Reducing Violence in Communities

Local Challenges

Reduce Violence in Our Communities
Sponsor(s): College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University
Campus Academic Resource Program, San Francisco State University
Division of Information Technology, San Francisco State University

The #FeelBetter Challenge
Sponsor(s): New America Media

Military Credit Evaluation Tool (MCET)
Sponsor(s): Veterans Services, San Francisco State University

Connecting with other sober and non-drinking students on campus
Sponsor(s):  Prevention Education Programs
Counseling & Psychological Services, San Francisco State University

Do you know how much you’re drinking?
Sponsor(s): Prevention Education Programs - CEASE
Counseling & Psychological Services, San Francisco  State University

Peace Corps Opportunities Interface

Sponsor(s): Peace Corp

National Challenges

Innovative Access to Education Data

The White House - Office of Science and Technology Policy  and Department of Education

The Department of Education would like to use write APIs to increase access to financial aid programs. Essentially, they are asking about the benefits and risks of allowing third parties to develop new ways to submit financial aid forms.  (As an analog, think about how Turbotax or H&RBlock submits your tax information to the IRS.) In other words, what if a place like KIPP schools or OneStop could pre-fill these financial aid forms for low income students or graduates?

Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB)

Environmental Protection Agency would like to see an application developed that will make it more convenient and accessible for citizen scientists to report sightings of HABs. The information submitted through the application can be used to display HAB trends in local waterways. Displaying these trends could help raise awareness and influence forecasting and preventive measures implemented by states to reduce impact of HABs on human health.

Submit Your Challenge

Do you have an idea for a new solutions that can use publicly-released data, code and technology to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods, our cities, our states and our country?  Please submit challenges by May 22, 2014.

Why does all software created at National Day of Civic Hacking have to be open source?

We believe in giving participants the most freedom possible in licensing their work, balanced with the freedom of others to use and adapt technologies to their needs. We require that all projects worked on through the initiative:

1. Are licensed under an Open Source Initiative (OSI) approved license. While you are free to choose any license, we recommend using one listed as “Licenses that are popular and widely used or with strong communities”.

2. Have their code posted on a publicly available code repository. GitHub and Google Code are popular choices.

Sunday, 12 Noon deadline

Create a basic presentation for the judging with the following elements:

  • Slide 1 Team Member BIOs and role on team

  • Slide 2 Project Name

  • Slide 3 Technology Description and list

  • Slide 4 Introduce and Describe Project and what problem you are solving

  • Slide 5-9 Screen Shots and demonstration of Prototype

  • Slide 10 Your plan for next steps or ideas for implementation.

  • Code on public repository

Organizing Partners

New America media logo
Level playing field logo

Local Sponsors

College of Business

San Francisco State University logo in black and white
SF mayors office of innovation logo
City of SF department of Technology logo
Neo logo
New relic logo
Zipcar Logo
Uber the easies way to get around

Kat Longboy, Student, Department of Design & Industry

Elly Maimon, Student,  Department of Design & Industry

Carolina McClanahan , Student,  Department of Design & Industry

Will Pauley, Student,  Department of Design & Industry

Joshua Singer, Assistant Professor, Department of Design & Industry