The American Digital Diversity Initiative's inagural Future of Work & Smart Cities Hackathon included computer programmers, designers, UX/UI, project managers, and social workers during the weekend of February 8 - 10, 2019 at California State University Long Beach.



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First Place - $3,000


Good Neighbor

Second Place - $1,500



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Third place - $500








Judges will award three teams of Hackers prizes of $3,000 for 1st place, $1,500 for 2nd place and $500 for 3rd place. The top collegiate team will be awarded $1,500. The top veteran team will be awarded $1,000.


Civic Engagement

Develop solutions to improve relationships between community members and government officials and agencies by leveraging social media platforms and cloud communication platforms such as twilio.

More information found below under Additional Resources



Provide solutions for better communication with public safety agencies. Leverage social media platforms to increase engagement between law enforcement and community groups. Develop mobile technology to increase response time to public safety agencies.



Provide opportunities to advance workers' digital skills by leveraging A.I., online learning platforms, blended learning models to create the digital workforce needed to meet the demand of our digital innovation economy. Incorporate existing digital platforms such as youtube or codeacademy to rapidly increase workforce skills and create innovative mentorship opportunities. 

More information click here



Provide solutions to improve personal and business commute by leveraging the internet of things, smart sensors, autonomous vehicles, and innovate transportation platforms such as uber or lyft to decrease congestion and to reduced pollution. Therefore improving the quality of life for people living in cities.


Our Sponsors

American Digital Diversity Initiative is organizing a "HACKATHON" to bring coders/web developers from the region together to spend a weekend working on software advancements to address the development of our cities and future of work. Click on a sponsor logo below to learn more about an organization. Become a sponsor.



Community Partners


Meet Our Judges


Alejandra Montoya-Boyer

Program Officer - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 

Yolanda Natal-Santos

Business Program Manager- Microsoft LEAP Program

Qiana Patterson   Director - Public Partnerships

Qiana Patterson

Director - Public Partnerships


Dakota Ortiz

Program Lead at AnnenbergTech


David Molina

Entrepreneur, Former Army Captain


Chantelle Silveira

Chief Product Officer, Ranker


Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is a Hackathon?

A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is an event in which computer programmers, and others involved in software development and hardware development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects. —Wikipedia

Q: Will I lose IP rights to my project if I participate?

Absolutely not! 
All participants will retain intellectual property (IP) rights to what they build. The purpose of this Hackathon is to spur innovation that will benefit the community. We hope you will continue to build on the platforms you have created after the Hackathon is over.

Q: What should I build?

You can build web or mobile applications in whatever language or platform you prefer. The sky is the limit with regards to what can be built. The best place to start is to connect with the resources found below and research other obstacles that cities maybe facing. There you can think of ways to solve those issues using software.

Q: Can I get a head start on my project?

To ensure a level field for all contestants, all code, design, art, music, SFX, and assets must be created during the duration of the Hackathon. We want to ensure that all participants start off on the same footing and we also want to preserve the true nature of a hackathon. You are, however, free to make plans, create wireframes, and brainstorm prior to the event.

Q: How many hackers can make up a team?

Teams can be anywhere from 2 to 6 members. In order to qualify for the collegiate prize, half of your team must be enrolled in a 2 or 4 year institution. If your team is at an odd number, it must be the higher of the half. Example: Teams of 5 must have 3, teams of 3 must have 2. Don’t forget to Register to participate!

Q: What do I bring?

Bring your laptops, mobile phones, Kinects, Oculus Rifts, wearable computing devices, or whatever sparks your creativity. Don't forget to bring an appetite for hacking and free food!



City of Long Beach Open Data Portal

Did you know the City of Long Beach has an awesome open data portal? The City of Long Beach is providing access to valuable data that can be used for creating applications to help make peoples' lives better! We strongly encourage participants to use the resources on their site. 



Help us improve the quality of life for those that live in our cities!



Sponsors will be affiliated with an effort to generate technology jobs and opportunities in under-served communities. Sponsors will also be positioned to support efforts to bridge the "digital divide" - a topic that is gaining considerable attention statewide and nationally.



PLATINUM - $35,000

  • Primary Placement on all material and material

  • Speaker and presentation opportunities during event

  • Event media outreach opportunities

  • Regular interviews on Livestream coverage conducted during entire event

  • Event booth for distribution of collateral

Gold - $25,000

  • Prominent placement on all materials and outreach

  • Speaker and presentation opportunities during event

  • Regular interview on Livestream coverage

  • Event booth

Silver - $10,000

  • Prominent placement on all materials and outreach

  • Event Booth

Bronze - $5,000

  • Prominent placement on all materials

Additional Resources

These additional resources are available for hackers to use throughout the hackathon.