National Day of Civic Hacking (Los Angeles) – AT&T Hack for LA Hackathon June 1-2

Have an app idea for civic change?


Here in LA on the National Day of Civic Hacking we will have just elected a new mayor; what better time to show the city and the country what the LA tech community can contribute than by being part of our civic hack day in Boyle Heights?

The event will bring together students, citizens, entrepreneurs, and  software developers to collaboratively create, build, and invent new solutions using publicly-released data, code and technology to solve challenges relevant to Boyle Heights, our neighborhoods, and the city of Los Angeles.

This special AT&T Mobile App Hackathon, focused on civic hacking and is designed for attendees (technical & non-technical) to build apps/mobile apps, get fed, compete for prizes across different categories and most importantly: meet new people and scout for teammates to work on new or current projects. Our hackathon will introduce you to the latest cutting-edge tools and APIs as well as allow you to access data sets provided by the city of LA.

Developers will have the chance to generate solutions for community problems in Boyle Heights and all of LA while inspiring local high school students about mobile app development.

To make this event even more interesting, there will be a Maker Faire taking place adjacent to the Hackathon, where attendees will have the chance to play with  innovative new technology while learning about the diversity and cultural richness of the Boyle Heights community. Organizations including LA Makerspace and Two Bit Circus will demonstrate how fun technology can be by showcasing 3D printers and other awesome exhibits.

We Supply: Quick presentations and code samples that help to bootstrap your hacking, food to keep you going, and caffeine to keep you awake, along with technical senseis and mentors to assist you in building faster and smarter apps while incorporating new tools. We’ll also have specific civic data challenges that you can work on as part of a team.

You Bring:Your laptop, skills,  ideas, and enthuaism for civic change. Come with a collaborative, team-focused mindset and/or team up in advance on Twitter/Facebook/Google+ via @HackforLA. Whether you are a backend person and code in Ruby/PHP/.NET or a designer and work with Illustrator, a student, or a data geek you are invited to attend this event. Every group needs a good balance of talent and your development skills are needed!


Event Schedule. The following is a list of the weekend’s agenda:

Saturday – June 1st

10AM – Saturday Morning – Kickoff with breakfast, networking, and developer dating which leads into idea pitches and team formation

10AM – Saturday Morning – A quick “Introduction to Boyle Heights” information session led by the Foundation

11AM – Saturday Morning – Speakers present (please see below for list)

Noon  –  Pitch ideas and form teams + Lunch

10PM – Satuday Evening – End of the day 1


Sunday – June 2nd

10AM – Sunday Morning –   The fun continues with an all day hackathon. Work with the teams that you formed on Saturday to produce the app spec’d out. Senseis will be available throughout the entire event to help you code up your solution. App submissions will be accepted throughout the day with a deadline of 4PM.

Noon  –   Lunch is Served

4PM – Sunday Evening – Pencils down. Please sign up your teams to present via this link: Pitches start promptly at 4PM and are limited to three (3) minutes per team. No powerpoints unless you are only presenting an idea.



  • Best Hackathon Overall App
    • 1st Place – $2,500 for the team to split
    • 2nd Place – $1,000 for the team to split
    • 3rd Place – Sierra Wireless Unite Device with 1 month 1GB data plan for each team member
  • Award for Best Boyle Heights App
    • 1st Place – $5,000 for the team to split
  • Best use of Los Angeles City Data
    • 1st Place – $2,500 for the team to split
  • Google Challenge – TBA
    • 1st Place – $1,500 for the team to split
    • 2nd Place – $1,000 for the team to split
  • Challenge – TBA
    • 1st Place – $1,500 for the team to split
    • 2nd Place – $1,000 for the team to split
  • ESRI Challenge – TBA
    • 1st Place – $1,000 for the team to split
  • Best App using AT&T APIs (Click for more info)
    • $250 in Gift Cards for the team to split

Judging Criteria.Apps will be judged based on the criteria below and weighted accordingly.

  • 33% Weight – Ability to clearly articulate what your app does

  • 33% Weight – Originality of idea

  • 33% Weight – Potential for implementation in LA or in the Boyle Heights Community

Parking Information. TBD


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One Response to National Day of Civic Hacking (Los Angeles) – AT&T Hack for LA Hackathon June 1-2

  1. As an update, here is a video from the event:

    Mayor-elect Garcetti was there to kick off the event, and AT&T and event partners awarded more than $25,000 in cash prizes. The top overall apps were:

    •1st Place – HackForJobs – Scans keywords to match resumes with available job postings in the user’s proximity and pushes job notifications when there is an opportunity nearby

    •2nd Place – Urbanfruit.Ly – Links gardeners to local produce, enabling an environment for neighbors to exchange fruits through a peer-to-peer network

    •3rd Place – Boyle Heights Connect – Helps Boyle Heights’ residents connect and communicate with hospitals, schools and government organizations in the area

    Teams responded to local and national data challenges. Others worked on projects that incorporate civic data and community impact objectives. Coaches and mentors from the Los Angeles tech community were available throughout the weekend.

    On Saturday, the event featured a technology fair that brought the latest innovations to Boyle Heights’ families.

    For more information about the apps, participants, and winners of Hack4LA, visit:

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