Are you ready to get your fingers on the pulse of a city and unleash your innovation with ubiquitous real-time data?


Earlier this year, the City of San Diego announced the world’s largest Internet of Things platform deployment to help the City improve community safety, reduce parking gridlock, recognize pedestrian patterns, and provide greater situational awareness, all while helping the City, businesses, and citizens enhance everyday life through insights and solutions built with real-time sensor data.

Using Current, powered by GE’s CityIQ™, 3,200 intelligent nodes are being placed on streetlights throughout the City. As a participant in the Smart Cities San Diego Hackathon, you will not only compete for $3,500 in total prize money, you will also be one of the first developers to leverage and build Industrial Internet of Things applications powered by the Predix platform. Participants also get free access to CityIQ’s real-world datasets, Intelligent Cities APIs, engineering support, and developer resources during the hackathon.

Join Cleantech San Diego, CyberTECH, City of San Diego, General Electric, AT&T, and Intel during San Diego Startup Week to explore how an application using real-time data from the thousands of CityIQ nodes throughout the City of San Diego will help solve problems with traffic, parking, public safety, urban planning, and environmental challenges. 



• Unless otherwise specified in the Official Rules, Hackathon contestants must be 18 years of age or older and legal residents of the United States. Employees, officers and directors of AT&T, GE, or Intel, Administrator, any prize supplier, and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries and affiliates and their advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies (the “Contest Parties”) are not eligible to enter or win. Immediate family members and household members of such individuals are also not eligible to enter or win. “Immediate family members” shall mean parents, step-parents, legal guardians, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses. “Household members” shall mean those people who share the same residence at least three months a year. Subject to all applicable laws. Void outside the U.S. and where prohibited.

• Hackathon contestants compete in teams. Contestants can recruit people to join a team or teams may be assigned at each event. During the competition, each team will be asked to create a mobile or web application using at least one of GE’s CityIQ™ Intelligent Cites API that is sustainable on a laptop, tablet, or Smartphone device, along with a business plan for their app (“Submission”). Each team will be the opportunity to demonstrate their Submission and provide an oral presentation to the judges describing why their Submission would be successful. All coding for the Submission must be during the Hackathon. Any additional requirements concerning Submissions will be specified in the Official Rules or provided during the Hackathon.


Submissions must include one or more of CityIQ™ Intelligent Cities APIs to be eligible for the competition. Individuals and Teams are required to post Entries on

  1. Source code of calling the CityIQ Intelligent Cities APIs as part of the software application
  2. Presentation used for pitching solution during judging
  3. Active URL if a browser-based app is deployed as part of the software application
  4. (Links to) Supplemental photos and video 

Submissions and oral presentation of Submission will be judged by a panel of judges based upon the following equally weighed criteria: (1) Originality of Idea; (2) Ability to clearly articulate the details of the application (3) Technologies used in its creation (4) Applicability to unique challenges in the City of San Diego.


Hackathon Sponsors


$3,500 in prizes

Best of IoT App Overall

$2,000 Cash Prize and more.

Best Smart City Hack

$1,000 Cash Prize and more

Best Use of the Intel IoT Starter Kit

$500 Cash Prize and more

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Register at Eventbrite to participate.  Onboarding instruction will be sent to all registrants pior to the event.


Your laptop, skills, and ideas. Come with a collaborative, team-focused mindset and/or team-up in advance on social media via the #scsdhack hashtag. Whether you are a backend person, designer, entrepreneur, student, or just interested in tech, you are invited to attend this event. Every group needs a good balance of talent and your development skills are needed!


Quick presentations and code samples that help to bootstrap your hacking, food to keep you going, and caffeine to keep you awake. We will have technical mentors to assist you in building faster, smarter, and with new tools. We will also have loaner hardware on-site for you to use in your solutions.


Pre-Hackathon Workshop - June 21
  • 6:00 pm - Workshop Beings
  • Presentation of Hackathon Challenge
  • Q&A Discussion
  • 9:00 pm - Workshop Concludes
Day 1 - June 22
  • 6:00 pm - Kickoff Event
  • 7:00 pm - Project Brainstorming
  • 7:30 pm - Project Sharing
  • Project Execution
Day 2 - June 23
  • 11:00 am - Judging Project Review
  • 12:00 pm - Lunch Served
  • 1:00 pm - Hackathon Concludes



Kiva Allgood

Kiva Allgood
Managing Director, New Business Creation, GE Ventures

Darin Anderson

Darin Anderson
Chairman and Founder, CyberTECH

Jason Anderson

Jason Anderson
President and CEO, Cleantech San Diego

Austin Ashe

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

Erik Caldwell

Erik Caldwell
Director of Economic Development, City of San Diego

Eric Green

Eric Green
Sr. Project Program Manager - Internet of Things, AT&T

Maksim Pecherskiy

Maksim Pecherskiy
Chief Data Officer, City of San Diego

Judging Criteria

  • Ability to clearly articulate what your app does (25%)
  • Originality of idea (25%)
  • Technically creative and/or challenging implementation (25%)
  • Applicability to the City of San Diego’s unique challenge (25%)

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