Hackathon Name: Big Data Hackathon for San Diego

Hackathon Website: http://bigdataforsandiego.devpost.com/
Data/Tools/Codes/Resources Website: http://bigdataforsandiego.github.io/

What is the Intellectual Property of Codes and Apps created within this Hackathon?
All outputs and codes should be saved in the San Diego Big Data Hackathon Github Repositories, which are Open Source with Creative Commons Licenses. There is enormous value to the San Diego community by having an open repository of these outputs and codes.


Poster (the “Poster”): The Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182.

The Poster is the sponsor and entity responsible for the Hackathon. Other “sponsors” identified on the Hackathon Website are providing material or promotional support or prizes, and are not responsible for the administration of the Hackathon.



1) You need to register the hackathon before submiting your project. 
2) During the hackathon week1 period (10/3 and 10/4), you can click "Enter a Submission" on http://bigdataforsandiego.devpost.com/ to submit your project.
3) You can create a project or link to the existing project to introduce your project and your team members. You are encouraged to create the project page on 10/3 so that we can know more about your project and assist you.  
4) Then, click "Submit to Hackthon" to finish submitting (Don't worry. You can always edit the submission before the deadline of submission).
5) Besides creating a project, you can also submit your slides into http://bigdataforsandiego.devpost.com/ .
6) Please see more detail at here



1) Quality of the idea
        Related to the themes of the Hackathon
        Related to San Diego area
        Impact on the Community
2) Innovativeness/Creativeness
3) Practicality/Readiness
        Is it functional?
        User Experience
4) Technical Difficulty
5) Quality of the presentation



Hackathon Day One (Oct 3, Week-1):




08:30 – 09:00 am

Registration, Check-In  (Prepare Snacks, drinks)


09:00 – 09:30 am

Registration, Introductions, Hackathon Rules.

Prof. Amy Schmitz Weiss and Prof.  Ming Tsou (SDSU)

09:30 – 09:45 am

Open Data and Open Government in City of San Diego,

Andrell Bower (City)

09:45 – 10:00 am

Water Conservation Speaker

Stephen Heverly
(Equinox Center)

10:00 – 10:15 am

Disaster Responses Speaker-OES

Robert Barreras

10:15 – 10:30 am

Disaster Responses Speaker-Red Cross

Laura Horner
(Red Cross)

10:30 – 10:45 am

Coffee and Snacks Break


10:45 – 11:00 am

Crime Monitoring/Mapping Speaker

Eric Busboom (Regional Data Library)

11:00 – 11:20 am

inewsource presentation on storytelling with these datasets

 Joe Yerardi and Lorie Hearn (inewsource)

11:20 – 12:00 pm

Team formation and group ideas


12:00 – 12:10 pm

Introduction to the new Big Data Science Course at SDSU

 Prof. Ming Tsou

12:10 – 12:25 pm

Technosylva (Modelling wildfires)

 Joaquin Ramirez (Technosylva)

12:25 – 01:30 pm

Lunch time and teams discuss group ideas


01:30 – 01:45 pm

HDMA Apps Demo (SMART dashboard and GeoViewer)

Dr. Calvin Jung and Ming Tsou

01:45 – 02:00 pm

ESRI ArcGIS Online Introduction

 Jim Barry (ESRI)

02:00 – 02:15 pm

Cal(IT)2 Group Presentation

Jessica Block

02:15 – 04:00 pm

Team work time


03:00 – 03:20 pm

Coffee and Snacks Break


04:00 – 05:00 pm

Pitch the ideas to mentors and get feedbacks
(open for each team).


05:00 - 07:00pm

Dinner time


05:00 – 09:50 pm

Team work time and online proposal submission continue.

Participants must leave the classroom by 9:50pm.




Hackathon Day Two (Oct 4, Week-1): 




09:00 – 10:00 am

Team work time, mentor advising, and online proposal submission continue.


10:00 – 10:20 am

Introduction to Open San Diego and Civil Coding

Xavier Leonard (Open San Diego)

10:20 – 10:30 am

Coffee and Snacks Break


10:30 am

Proposal Submission Deadline (PPT or PDF files)


10:30 – 11:50 am

Project Proposal presentation (3 minutes for each team).


11:50 – 12:00 pm

Introduction to the new Big Data Science Course at SDSU

Prof. Ming Tsou

12:00 – 01:00 pm

Lunch time and judge deliberations


01:00 – 01:30 pm

Announcement of the most innovative ideas and the strongest teamwork proposal.  All team submitted proposals will go to the second round competition.

Judge Panel

01:30 – 02:00 pm

Additional Technical Tutorial Workshops (if needed).

Participants must leave the classroom by 2pm.



The judge will select two awards from the participants:

  • the most innovative ideas ($200) and

  • the most strong team-work proposal ($200).

All proposal submitted teams will be invited to submit their final products and present slides online (by Oct 9) and present their final work on Oct 10.

  • online submission material 40%,

  • Final Presentation 60%).

  • Final presentation scores will combine the judge scores (50%) and

  • Peer-2-Peer Score (50%).


Oct 9 (Friday) at 12pm.  Final project submission Deadline (Both DevPost and Github)


Hackathon Final Day (Oct 10, Week-2): 



09:00 am

Teams prepare for presentations

09:30 – 11:00 am

Team presentations (6 minutes for each team: 2 mins for ideas and 4 mins for demo).

11:00 – 11:20 am

Coffee and Snacks Break (Judging deliberations)

11:20 – 12:00 pm

Award Announcement and Ceremony

The award ceremony will be at 11:30pm and select TOP 3 teams for each track and pair them with the actual agency in the City or County of San Diego.

  • $1200 (first prize),
  • $600 (second prize),
  • $300 (third prize)
  • $100 (Social Justice Award)


Winners Announced: On Oct 10, 11:30pm, 2015




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