The Hacking Democracy Hackathon is a 24-hour event organized by Link Puerto Rico and Startup Societies in Engine4 that will engage anyone, from local developers to entrepreneurs, to create applications for Open Data, E-Government Applications, and Applications for Infrastructure.

The hackathon will be open to any person who wishes to participate such as students, experienced developers, and entrepreneurs. The participants will be divided into teams of maximum five people. Participants will have the freedom to choose between these categories: Open Data, E-Government Application, and Applications for Infrastructure. In addition to monetary prizes for each category, sponsors will give specs to contestants and reward them with job offers if they fulfill the sponsor’s requirements.

The Hackathon will run under the following schedule:

-July 27th, 2018 @ 9:00AM - Registration Open
-July 27th, 2018 @ 11:00AM - Opening
-July 27th, 2018 @ 12:00PM - Lunch and Networking
-July 27th, 2018 @ 1:00PM - Start Hackathon and Team Building
-July 27th, 2018 @ 6:00PM - Dinner
-July 28th, 2018 @ 12:00AM - Midnight Surprise
-July 28th, 2018 @ 8:00AM - Breakfast
-July 28th, 2018 @ 1:00PM - Lunch and Closing
-July 28th, 2018 @ 2:00PM - Demo and Judging
-July 28th, 2018 @ 4:00PM - Prizes and Closing

Hackathon Sponsors


$40,950 in prizes

Aplicación de E-Government Primer Lugar

Certificado de Reconocimiento

Aplicación de Infraestructura Primer Lugar

Certificado de Reconocimiento

Primer Lugar General

Piloto 151 - Café Passes for Three Months to All Team ($3,750)
Codetrotters - Scholarships for Any Codetrotters Course to Present Team Members ($8,250)
Swarm - Contract for Team ($2,000)
Cash Prize ($600)

Segundo Lugar General

Libraries Without Borders - Laptop Computers to All Team Members($750)
Nuhanse - Contract for Team ($2,000)
Codetrotters - Scholarships for Any Codetrotters Course to Present Team Members ($8,250)
Piloto 151 - Café Passes for Three Months to All Team ($3,750)

Tercer Lugar General

Codetrotters - Scholarships for Any Codetrotters Course to Present Team Members ($8,250)
Piloto 151 - Café Passes for Three Months to All Team ($3,750)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Anyone of any age, location and organization can participate while they are duly registered.

Cualquier persona de cualquier edad, ubicación y organización puede participar mientras tanto este debidamente registrado. 


The project that will be created in the Hackathon should be submitted under the following categories:

1. "Open Data" in the Government - It is a philosophy and practice that seeks that certain types of data are freely available to everyone, without restrictions on copyrights, patents or other control mechanisms.

2. "E-Government" Apps - Consists of the use of information, communication technologies and knowledge in the internal processes of government, as well as in the delivery of the products and services of the State both to citizens and to the industry.

3. Government Infrastructure Applications - Set of technical means, services and facilities necessary for the development of an activity or for a place to be used by any government agency.

El proyecto que se cree en el hackathon debe cualificar dentro de las siguientes categorías:

  1. "Open Data" en el Gobierno - Es una filosofía y práctica que persigue que determinados tipos de datos estén disponibles de forma libre para todo el mundo, sin restricciones de derechos de autor, de patentes o de otros mecanismos de control.
  2. Aplicationes de "E-Government" - Consiste en el uso de las tecnologías de la información y la comunicación y el conocimiento en los procesos internos de gobierno, así como en la entrega de los productos y servicios del Estado tanto a los ciudadanos como a la industria.
  3. Aplicaciones de Infraestructura Gubernamental - Conjunto de medios técnicos, servicios e instalaciones necesarios para el desarrollo de una actividad o para que un lugar pueda ser utilizado por alguna agencia gubernamental.


Sebastian Vidal

Sebastian Vidal
Executive Director / Parallel 18

Sofia Stolberg

Sofia Stolberg
CEO / Codetrotters & Piloto 151

Joe Mckinney

Joe Mckinney
CEO / Nuhanse Network & Startup Codetrotters Foundation

Katherine Trujillo

Katherine Trujillo
Deputy Director / Libraries Without Borders

Jonathan Gonzalez

Jonathan Gonzalez
GBA / Board Member

Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor
Head of AI / Swarm Fund

Judging Criteria

  • Originalidad, creatividad e Innovación
  • Impacto directo a Puerto Rico dentro de categoría presentada
  • Dificultad y complejidad del proyecto
  • Calidad de presentación en tarima
  • Funcionalidad y operatividad

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