News from the Office of Enterprise Technology Services
September 2016
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Photo of HACC participants
An impressive 27 teams returned to Aloha Tower on Saturday to present their solutions to state challenges at the Hawaii Annual Code Challenge. Read more in this issue of howz.IT.
Photo courtesy of DevLeague

In this edition...

Two teams share top honors at Hawaii Annual Code Challenge

Solutions tackling state challenges involving homelessness and jail facility visitation received top honors at the Hawaii Annual Code Challenge (HACC) Judging and Awards Ceremony, held Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Aloha Tower Marketplace.

Gov. David Ige and state Chief Information Officer Todd Nacapuy were among the panel of judges at the event, which was the culmination of the month-long, hackathon-inspired competition designed to engage the local tech community in the modernization of Hawaii state government. Congratulations to the winning teams, which represent a broad cross-section of community participation!

FIRST PLACE — a two-way tie!

Team Cobra

(Young Professionals Working in Downtown Honolulu with a Passion for Coding)
Team Cobra photo
Members: Arun Lee, Jayson Lee, Kyle Loo, and Kim Vo
Link to Team Cobra's presentation
Click above to view Team Cobra's end-to-end solution for assisting and improving the lives of homeless.

Hawaii Advanced Technology Society, a.k.a, "HATS"

(from Honolulu Community College)
HATS photo
Members: Andrew Abila, Gerome Catbagan, Edward Chang, Kenneth Dedicatoria, Samuel Erwin, Gabriel Farinas, Jayson Hayworth, Neil Knight, Robert Kuakini, Ben Lamosao, Duong Le, Dylan Nakahodo, Willam Ng, Rodgem Ragsac, Phillipe Rigor, Christine Rioca, Kevin Ryan, Bryan Tanaka, and Sharey Vendiola
Link to HATS presentation
Click above to view HATS' sustainable and organized web-based solution for Oahu Community Correctional Center family visitations.


Local Mocos

(Recent Graduates from the DevLeague Bootcamp)
Local Mocos photo
Members: Jesse Copeland, Nikki Kobayashi, Javen Nakamoto, Bryce Saito, Steven Yamashiro, and Lisa Zhou
Link to Local Mocos presentation
Click above to view Local Mocos' database to help businesses find locally grown or produced Hawaii products.

FIRST PLACE — Student Category


Team Imua

(from Kamehameha Schools)
Team Imua photo
Members: Sage Foi, Davin Takahashi, Kevin Takahashi, and Zion Basque
Link to Team Imua presentation
Click above to view Team Imua's database for Hawaii-based internships, scholarships, community service opportunities, and college applications.

Team Cobra heading to GlobalHack

In addition to receiving monetary awards, one team, Team Cobra, was selected to represent the State of Hawaii at GlobalHack, being held from Oct. 21 to 23, 2016, in St. Louis, Missouri. The prize included a $2,800 stipend to attend the hackathon, which is expected to attract teams from around the world, giving coders, designers, and technologists a chance to collaborate and solve problems.

View all finalist presentations here

The Office of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) thanks all the participants as well as the many state departments and agencies that sponsored challenges, including the following:

  • Department of Accounting and General Services
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Public Safety
  • Office of the Governor

In coordinating the event, ETS partnered with the High Technology Development Corporation, DevLeague, Empowered Presentations, Hawaii Open Data, Blue Startups, Sultan Ventures, and XLR8UH. Award prizes were underwritten by sponsors such as Hawaiian Electric, Kaiser Permanente, KPMG, Pacxa, and Verizon. Additional support was provided by DataHouse, eWorld Enterprise Solutions, Socrata, Uber, Unisys, DRFortress, and Hawaiian Telcom.

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

Link to proclamation
Gov. David Y. Ige has proclaimed October as Cyber Security Awareness Month in Hawaii, highlighting the state’s vital role in identifying, protecting its citizens from, and responding to cyber threats.

The observance coincides with National Cyber Security Awareness Month, recognized by President Obama, the Department of Homeland Security, the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, and the National Cyber Security Alliance.

“Cyber security remains a shared responsibility in which everyone has a critical role to play. Awareness of computer security essentials will improve the security of cyberspace for all of us.”

— Todd Nacapuy, Chief Information Officer, State of Hawaii

Hawaii citizens are encouraged to visit the Stop.Think.Connect. website for tips and resources. In addition, watch for weekly cyber security tips in howz.IT on a variety of cyber security issues.

This week’s issue is:
Why strong, unique passwords matter

Hawaii residents register online to vote

Residents are reminded that Oct. 10 is the deadline to register online to vote in the general election.

Last year, the Office of Elections and Offices of the City/County Clerks announced that residents are now able to register online. Open only to residents with a Hawaii driver’s license or state ID, the service also allows voters to update their voter information and request a permanent absentee ballot.

Office of Elections website
With assistance from ETS, the online system was built to ensure that only persons providing verifiable identification are able to register online. All online submissions will go through the same verification process as paper applications.

Residents that are not eligible to use the online system can still register by filling out a paper application and submitting it to their City/County Clerk’s Office.

For more information about registering to vote, visit the Office of Elections’ website at or call (808) 453-VOTE.

Awards & Recognition

State Judiciary website voted #1 in the nation

NACM award
The Hawaii State Judiciary’s website has been voted number one in the National Association for Court Management’s (NACM) Top 10 Court Technology Solutions Awards for 2016. The awards are given each year to courts that make the best use of technology to improve court services and access to the public.

Entries from across the United States were reviewed by a panel of judges appointed by the Conference of State Court Administrators, National Association for Court Management, and National Center for State Courts.

The panel recognized that the success of the Judiciary’s website was due to the innovations Hawaii has used to significantly improve access to the courts – especially for self-represented litigants and those with limited English proficiency. The site includes information in more languages than the majority of U.S. courts, and the website is easy to navigate.

Read the news release

IT positions in recruitment

ETS IT Positions in Recruitment webpage
ETS continues to seek applicants for IT positions to meet the State of Hawaii’s current and future technological needs. The online list of current IT positions in recruitment includes:
  • Business/Technology Analyst
  • Network Administrator
  • Senior Systems Engineer – Microsoft.
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