Announcing the Winners of Hack for LA 2014!

Hack for LA at City Hall Draws Over 500 Participants to Make Apps for Civic Good

It's been an honor to bring Hack for LA to City Hall this National Day of Civic Hacking weekend.  Over 500 Angelenos participated, 200 of which were middle and high school students from across the city.  Check out the LA Times coverage of Hack for LA’s role in an epic weekend of technology and civic engagement hosted by Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Over $15,000 worth of prizes were issued to a diverse group of winning apps, including top awards presented by Google and Socrata.  Out of 30 submissions, here are the winners of Hack for LA 2014:

1st Place Overall, Winner of $3,000Shelter Connect

ShelterConnect is a free and open-source platform that connects homeless shelters with restaurants and volunteer organizations.  ShelterConnect was created in 24 hours at Hack for LA by a group of four high school students! It consists of a backend API server written in Go and Postgres.

2nd Place Overall, Winner of $1,500:  Report LA Water Waste

This simple mobile website is a place where people can report water waste (broken sprinklers, leaking pipes, improper lawn watering, etc) to the city with one click!  A double-winner, this app also received the top Esri Prize for best use of Esri Mapping Technology.

3rd Place Overall, Winner of $1,000Call a Coach

Call a Coach enables the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks to certify and manage volunteer coaches across all Los Angeles communities.  Using Google App Engine, Google+, Google Search and Google Maps, it provides proximity and rating based coaching inventory in real-time.

The ESRI Prizes for Best Use of Esri Mapping Technology
Esri 1st Place for $1,500: Report LA Water Waste

Our only double-winner, Report LA Water Waste also won 2nd Place Overall.

Esri 2nd Place for $750: MuraLAfi

The muraLAfi platform connects both experienced and aspiring artists with local businesses and property owners while creating public goods in the process!

Esri 3rd Place for $250: LA Linguistic

LA Linguistic is an experiment in visualizing real-time linguistic data.  Data on tweets in languages other than English are visualized based on their location.

Cornerstone OnDemand Prize for Jobs and Economic Development, Winner of $1,500: VAssist

Veterans have technical skills in areas of critical importance, discipline, loyalty and many also already have security clearances required for some positions in many departments. VAssist service provides a means for veterans to continue their honorable and noble service to this country. Use of APIs include - VA Facilities Data API, Available Jobs API from, and Esri.

SAS Prize for Public Safety, Winner of $1,250: Secure LA

SecureLA is an interactive map of violent and non-violent crime across Los Angeles, using Socrata crime data from the LAPD Crime and Collision Raw Data 2014 at to show citizens where crime occurs throughout the day.

SAS Prize for Public Opinion, Winner of $1,250: Listen2LA

#LISTEN2LA is a simple, responsive web app that connects community stakeholders at the local level (i.e. neighborhood council representatives) to their constituents. Utilizing keywords to scrub social media for relevant tweets in their district, council members can better identify community issues as they arise. Foundation TRANS4M Prize, Winner of $2,000: Help the Homeless

This is an app to help locate services helping homeless people get their lives together and back on track, built using the Intel xdk platform.

Congratulations to all our winners!  This year, Hack for LA aims to further our winners' projects by helping to connect them with ongoing mentorship and resources from city agencies and tech professionals. Code for America, who was proud sponsor of our Hack for LA Afterparty, has big plans for expanding their push into Los Angeles, and will be a welcome force for furthering tech and civic innovation. 

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