Mayor Sanders and the City of San Diego are challenging the software developer community to create new apps using city and partner data. They’re also inviting the public to share their ideas for innovative new apps.

Winners will receive $50,000 in cash prizes as well as promotional exposure. Prizes will be awarded for apps that enhance city services and quality of life for San Diegans, and that use the data in innovative ways. Submitted apps can run on the web, desktop computers, tablets, or smartphones. The public is encouraged to share application ideas related to energy, tourism, economic development, transportation, the environment, health and other areas.

The public will have one month to share ideas for San Diego apps they’d like to see created. Developers will have approximately three months following the challenge launch to build their submissions. A panel of distinguished judges from the tech industry, venture capital, and partner institutions will select winners, and the general public will vote to identify two “Popular Choice” winners.

Challenge Goals:
*Stimulate the creation of innovative apps that enhance city services and help San Diego residents, businesses and visitors.
*Raise awareness of City of San Diego and partner data resources, and engage the public and software developers to help the community.

Hackathon Sponsors


$47,500 in prizes

AT&T Best Overall App — Grand Prize

Best Overall App — Second Prize

Best Overall App — Honorable Mention (3)

City of San Diego Government Innovation App

SDG&E Best Energy App

Popular Choice Award — Grand Prize

Popular Choice Award — Second Prize

Best Student-Created App (Undergraduate)

Best app developed by full-time college student(s)

Large Organization Recognition Award

Recognition prize for organizations with 50 or more employees

City and Partner Talent Award

Recognition prize for employees of the City of San Diego and competition partners

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

  1. Create an account on or log in with an existing ChallengePost account.
  2. On, click Accept this challenge to register your interest in participating. This step ensures that you will receive important challenge updates.
  3. Explore the San Diego data. To suggest datasets you would like to see included, follow the instructions on the Data tab. Datasets may be added until February 15, 2012.
  4. Create a working software application that uses at least one dataset from the San Diego data.
  5. Confirm that you have read and agree to the Official Rules, and submit your application by including a link to it, a video demonstrating how it works, a text description, and at least one photograph.


Chris Baker

Chris Baker
Chief Information Officer, San Diego Gas & Electric

Jennifer Adams-Brooks

Jennifer Adams-Brooks
Chairwoman, San Diego Foundation; Executive Vice President & Chief of Staff, San Diego Housing Commission

Brant Cooper

Brant Cooper
Tech/Startup Writer, Speaker and Consultant

Gabriela Dow

Gabriela Dow
e-Government expert, founder of GovPartner, entrepreneur

Mike Elconin

Mike Elconin
President Tech Coast Angels; Chairman, Capital Formation Committee of CleanTECH San Diego

Michael Fairchild
Director, New Technology Product Development Engineering, AT&T

Duane Roth

Duane Roth

Leo Spiegel

Leo Spiegel
Managing Partner, Mission Ventures

Matt Voigt

Matt Voigt
Co-founder of Saambaa

Judging Criteria

  • Quality of the Idea
    Creativity and originality
  • Implementation of the Idea
    How well the idea was executed by the developer, user experience and design
  • Potential impact
    Potential to improve services and quality of life for San Diego residents, businesses and visitors
  • Impact on Quality of and Access to Government
    Only for the City of San Diego Government Innovation App Award
  • Potential Impact on Energy Efficiency
    Only for the SDG&E Best Energy App Award

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