Innovate to help make San Diego one of the greenest and most connected cities in the world

The San Diego Smart City Hackathon, organized by the UCSD Center for Wireless Communications, the Silent Intelligence and the team at the City of San Diego will crowdsource the most innovative technology solutions from our tech community and beyond (academia, corporations, independent software developers) to help the City deliver on its Climate Action Plan.

The Hackathon will kick-off a larger smart city innovation program: organizers plan to continue funding, mentoring, developing and implementing the best ideas and solutions for the city emerging from the Hackathon event.

The Hackathon submissions will respond to the following challenges, aligned with the goals of the San Diego Climate Action Plan :

 

What can we do to mitigate the negative consequences of wildfires?

How can we:

  • determine and quantify the influence of urban trees on stormwater capture?
  • measure and convey the public health impact of urban trees? 

How do we make City owned & operated buildings more energy and water efficient? 

How do we encourage residents, property owners and managers to consume water more efficiently, i.e. reduce consumption?

How do we encourage citizens to ride bikes, walk and use transit more instead of riding in cars alone?

How can we:

  • encourage residents to recycle more?
  • limit recycling mistakes (mixing recycling with non-recycling)?

How can we increase the amount of renewable energy generated by the City/residents of San Diego?

Additional Smart City Hackathon resources and information may be found at  in the Github repository
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Eligibility

Participants of the Event can apply to participate, either individually or as teams. We recommend a team size of no more than five people.  Participants should have a current status as an undergraduate student, graduate student, post-graduate, independent contractor employed or affiliated with a business entity. Participants may not be involved or have an immediate family member involved in the administration or judging of the Hackathon.

Participants may have no contractual obligation that prevents them and/or their team from claiming Intellectual Property ownership rights in or to any new and useful solution, prototype, material, or other invention.

Requirements

Each Hackathon entry must be submitted for judging no later than 12:00pm on Sunday, May 22, 2016. Participants will be instructed on how to submit their Hackathon Entry for judging at the beginning of the Event.

How to enter

Each entry must comprise one or more new, novel, innovative, and wholly or partially complete solutions or prototypes that address at least one of the published Hackathon Challenges, along with any other information, presentation, or materials that a participant or team desires to submit in connection with the Hackathon Entry.

The creation of new intellectual property as a part of the Hackathon should be developed solely as part of the Hackathon Event, and not in the course of employment for any third-party or for any other reason. Participants' Hackathon Entries cannot propose or comprise applications, solutions or prototypes that have been publicly available prior to the Hackathon. Hackathon Entries partially based upon a participant's own work done prior to applying for admission to the Hackathon, which pre-existing work addresses one or more of the Hackathon Challenges, are acceptable; however, only the portion of the Hackathon Entry that was created and developed during the Hackathon will count towards judging;

The Hackathon entry may not, to each participant's knowledge, infringe upon any third-party rights or contain confidential information that a participant does not have the right to include. The Hackathon Entry to each participant's knowledge, does not contain any third-party software or proprietary data, to which participant has no right to include.

Open source software or public data, or any proprietary software or data that has been made available by any of the Hackathon Entities is allowed to be used in the participants' work and submission. Participants will have access to the City of San Diego's data and are encouraged to utilize this data.

Judges

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Andrell Bower
Assistant Chief Data Officer, City of San Diego

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Natasha Balac
Director, Predictive Analytics Center of Excellence | San Diego Supercomputer Center, UCSD

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Cody Hooven
Chief Sustainability Officer, City of San Diego

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Xavier Leonard
Captain, Open San Diego, a Code for America Brigade

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| AWARD SELECTION |

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Greg Horowitt
Chief Evangelist and Co-Founder, t2 ventures

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Nat Levine
Founder, Opengov

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Maksim Pecherskiy
Chief Data Officer, City of San Diego

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Oliver Ratzesberger
President, Teradata Labs

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Jonathan Reichental
Chief Information Officer, City of Palo Alto

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Brad Voytek
Professor of Cognitive and Computational Sciences, UCSD

Judging Criteria

  • Does Hackathon Entry propose a solution to a previously posted Hackathon Challenge
  • Is the Hackathon Entry practical and have potential commercial value
  • Does the Hackathon Entry provide real value to the City of San Diego, its residents, visitors and businesses alike, to help San Diego deliver on its Climate Action Plan
  • Is the Hackathon Entry a novel idea, including user experience and design
  • Is the Hackathon Entry a high quality idea, e.g. it is creative and original
  • Is the Hackathon Entry either a short-term solution (can be implemented or commercializes within 12-18 months) or a long-term solution (will require more time, additional R&D, but has a larger potential)