Earlier this year, the City of San Diego announced the world’s largest Internet of Things (IoT) platform deployment. By placing 3,200 CityIQ™ intelligent nodes on streetlights across the City, San Diego is putting powerful real-time data into the hands of the community and benefiting from a new app economy.  Deployment began and is expected to be completed in early 2018. As part of the initiative, San Diego launched an open data platform for residents to see data about city operations, public safety, street repairs, public facilities, code enforcement and business licensing. The platform features open APIs for accessing and using the data. The City is building a new business and cross-departmental collaboration model to leverage the multi-application, horizontal digital infrastructure enabled by CityIQ and the developer community to solve city challenges in parking/traffic optimization, urban planning, pedestrian safety, gunshot detection and more.  In conjunction with the city, the Port of San Diego also deployed 23 CityIQ intelligent nodes to provide a comprehensive coverage and streamline the residents and visitors experience. Cal State students are the first group invited to get their fingers on the pulse of San Diego and unleash your innovation with ubiquitous real-time live data.

Learn more at the Official Hackathon Website.


  1. Open to teams of up to six students in good standing at a California State University campus.
  2. Students are of legal age in their state, province or country of residence as of the date of entry.
  3. A participating campus may field only one team.
  4. At least two students in the team are registered as a full- or part-time undergraduate or graduate student majoring in computer science or engineering.
  5. Each Project Team must designate one individual as the Project Team Leader (for contact purposes).
  6. Each team must be advised by 1-2 faculty members from their campus. One faculty advisor must be from a computer science or engineering department. The faculty advisor(s) will oversee the development of both the software and business plan components of the solution.
  7. Each Team may participate on only one design project or application. 

It is recommended that at least two team members are registered as a full- or part-time undergraduate or graduate student majoring in a business-related discipline since the team must develop a business plan as part of the solution.


The Project Team Leader is responsible for submitting the Entry on the Project Team’s behalf in which all official members of the Project Team will be listed and for obtaining all Project Team members’ signatures on any releases or documents that GE Digital and CSUF may require. The Project Team Leader’s submission of an Entry constitutes agreement of these Official Rules by all Project Team members.  Submit the names of faculty advisor(s) as part of the entry form which must be submitted by the Team Leader.


Submissions must be uploaded to DevPost by Monday, April 23rd at 9:00am PST. Each submission should include the following information. Some of it will be uploaded, and other parts will be manually entered into the submission form:

Be ready to upload:

  • Project Report PDF that includes
* Include: Team name, CSU campus, Team/app logo, Name of the application
* Include: 1-2 sentence abstract that will be released publicly
What problems are you solving and how?
* Describe the Urban Challenge addressed by your team's app
* What does your app do to solve it?
What did you build and how did you build it?
* Include architecture diagram of your application
* Include list of Predix services and CityIQ APIs used
Who are the ideal customers/users for your application?
Imagine you're talking to investors - How much money would you need? How would you use it? How will that make your business more profitable?
* 1, 3, 5 year goals/roadmaps
* Return on Investment / Hard and/or Soft Benefit(s)
What does your team offer that gives your business a competitive edge?
* Include: Brief bio of each team member (~3 sentences).
* Each person's bio should include name, role/contributions on team, background & interests.
What unique value does your team/company/app offer?
  • At least one Key Frame/Screenshot of your application
  • OPTIONAL: Small Logo representing your team and/or application
  • OPTIONAL: URL to short video describing your project/application

Be ready to enter the following in the submission form:

  • Team Name
  • App Name
  • Link to your deployed webapp (or link/instructions to setting up your team's mobile application)
  • Link to team GitHub repository that includes
    • All code and resources needed to develop and run the app
    • README.md file that briefly describes the application
    • SETUP.md file that describes how to set up the dev environment and get started developing the application (for use by judges)
  • List of CityIQ APIs used by your app
  • List of Predix Services used by your app

In addition to the materials listed above, you will be giving a 7-10 minute presentation to a panel of judges on Sunday, April 29th. Please email whatever content you plan to present on that Sunday to CSU.Challenge@ge.com by 9:00am PST on Friday, April 27th.  We will be taking any materials you send to us (PPT, links, etc.) and loading them onto a single computer from which all teams will present. Please make sure you send final versions of any and all content you would like to have ready to present during your pitch. Only content sent to this email address will be allowed to be presented.

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$15,000 in prizes

Grand Prize Winner

The first place team will be awarded $8,000 USD as an award/scholarship through their home campus.

Second Place

The second place team will be awarded $5,000 USD as an award/scholarship through their home campus.

Third Place

The third place team will be awarded $2,000 USD as an award/scholarship through their home campus.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Submissions should be uploaded to DevPost


Leah Cole

Leah Cole
Developer Advocate, GE Digital

Austin Ashe

Austin Ashe
General Manager, Intelligent Cities, Current, Powered by GE

Keith Coffey

Keith Coffey
Chief Technology Officer, Port of San Diego

Shaun Sumner

Shaun Sumner
Assistant Vice President, Operations, Port of San Diego

Maksim Pecherskiy

Maksim Pecherskiy
Chief Data Officer, City of San Diego

Lorie Cosio-Azar

Lorie Cosio-Azar
Program Manager, Energy & Sustainability Division, Port of San Diego

Judging Criteria

  • Quality of solution
    Includes originality and creativity of the technical implementation, design, and usability Includes how comprehensive the solution is with respect to the given case study
  • Real-world potential and benefits
    Includes the extent to which the value provided to the end user is realistically achievable with existing technologies within the near term; not vague or overly complex to user, or reliant on a technology that is not yet on the market
  • Detail of engineering and economic analysis provided by the team
    How realistic is the analysis?
  • Usage of GE's Predix Technology
    Use of Predix platform Use of one or more CityIQ APIs
  • Working demonstration of design
  • Pitch of the solution
    Includes the clarity of how the solution addresses the given case study, what technology is used, what Predix services are leveraged, what sensor and other data is used, and the connection the solution makes to real-world scenarios

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