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#hackINvTX Winner Announced

The winners of the #hackINvTX Challenge, Red Alert Indiana, are quite notable for a few reasons. First, team members, John and Isaiah Schevola are a father-son duo. Additionally, as the grand champion winners in Indiana, they also defeated challengers from Indiana and across the state of Texas to win immense bragging rights, as well as an impressive monetary award.

The #hackINvTX Challenge, designed to enlist constituents’ creativity in tackling public challenges, was the first of its kind. Open to the public, participants were invited to use publicly available open data, code, and technology to develop a solution. Each state offered two challenges for participants to creatively consider. (Review the challenges.)

Red Alert Indiana chose to address the Indiana challenge from the Department of Homeland Security: Develop a method to register and create a checklist of available/needed services for Hoosiers visiting a one-stop-shop after a disaster. The team developed a dynamic web form that allows citizens to self-select needed services by working through a series of questions about their needs. Additionally, the intake of data about each citizen is streamlined and stored for better service to them.

To eliminate bias to either state, entries were scored by a national judging panel. Kevin Mulhall, Enterprise Technology Specialist at Intel; Doug Robinson, Executive Direction of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO); and Jesse Romine, Director of International Sales at Socrata served as judges for the #hackINvTX Challenge.

KSM Consulting and partner, SAP, were proud sponsors of the #hackINvTX Challenge and the Indiana Hackathon Series. We were excited to support an innovative initiative that will build the state’s profile in the tech community and, more important, creatively tackle big issues for Indiana.

More Information:
Learn more about the Challenge and winners.