Welcome to Laulima Tech Challenge '15!

Join us from 9am to 6:00pm on March 14th and 15th at the ProtoHUB Honolulu located in Kaka'ako

Laulima Tech Challenge '15 is geared towards College Students who are able to perform all tasks with talents ranging from software development or digital graphic design to project management.

At this event, small businesses around Oahu will present their business challenges pertaining to technical software solutions and/or social media presence. Students form their development teams and will be matched up with a PMI Mentor. Each team will have the opportunity to engage with these businesses in an effort to develop a viable solution. 

Participation in the hackathon is FREE. Just bring your creativity and a laptop.

This event is brought to you by: Hawaii Pacific University College of Business,  HPU Computer Club, HPU MBA ClubHPU Project Managment / IT Club, Project Management Institute - Region 7, and the Project Management Institute, Hawaii ChapterAnd a special thanks to Sultan Ventures and The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii for their support! 

Schedule for Event

Day One:

9:00am – 9:45am        Breakfast & Networking

9:45am – 11:00pm      Opening Ceremony &  Business needs presentation to group.

11:00am – 12:00pm    Mentor Introductions & Group formation and Business Representative Coordination

12:00pm – 1:00pm      Lunch

1:00pm – 4:00pm        (Optional participant attendance) guest speakers

4:00pm - 6:00pm        Group work and coordination with mentors


Day Two:

9:00am – 9:30am     Breakfast

9:30am – 12:00pm   Group work and coordination with mentors

12:00pm – 1:00pm   Lunch

1:00pm – 3:00pm   Group work and coordination with mentors

3:00pm – 4:30pm   Judges' Introductions & Team Presentations

4:30pm – 5:30pm   Judging time

5:30pm – 6:00pm   Presentation of awards and prizes


You must be a student enrolled in an accredited educational institution on the island of Oahu.



  • An Overview Pitch Presentation that explains what your software’s premise is, how it relates to your organization, and its key features. You should also introduce your team and explain your interest in technology.
  • A Contest Software usable by the judges
  • Contest Software Instructions document explaining how to use your software

Hackathon Sponsors


$610 in prizes

First Prize: HP Stream 7 Tablet (5)

This tablet packs excellent video quality, portability, and convenience.

- 7-inch HD IPS touchscreen 800x1280
- Intel Atom processor Z3735G
- 1GB memory/32GB SSD

Second Prize: Student Membership to the PMI Chapter of Honolulu (5)

Student Membership to the PMI and the PMI Chapter of Honolulu.

PMI Membership include (but not limited to): A digital version of the PMBOK Guide, a multitude of tools and templates, knowledge resources, and resources for careers and professional development.

Chapter membership is a separate step which may be done at the moment you join PMI, or sometime later, but don't put it off too long! You'll want to take advantage of local events put on by the chapter, meet your local PMI members, network, and share knowledge.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

When you’re ready to enter your submission, go to the homepage and click CREATE A SUBMISSION. You can also start this process and save a draft of your submission as you’re working on it.

  • Make sure to include good screenshots.
  • Write a clear, detailed description of your application.
  • Include the link to the prototype demo
  • Include instructions on how to use your app(demo).
  • We recommend not creating presentation slides, but instead focusing all your time on creating a functioning demo.
  • On the submission form, list all your team members by their ChallengePost user name.


Jamie Champagne

Jamie Champagne
A senior enterprise business analyst at Hawaiian Telcom

L.P. “Neenz” Faleafine

L.P. “Neenz” Faleafine
CEO and Community Developer of Pono Media, LLC

Nicole Velasco

Nicole Velasco
Executive Secretary, City and County of Honolulu Neighborhood Commission Office

Jonas Vibell

Jonas Vibell
Pipeline, Strategy and Partnership at Energy Excelerator

Judging Criteria

  • Scale 1: Complexity of Business problem
    How complex was this business problem?
  • Scale 2: Innovative Technology
    Is this technology in use now?
  • Scale 3: Repeat of something in use
    Is this project original?
  • Scale 4: Presentation / Pitch:
    Were all the of the presentation requirements met? Was the presentation informative?
  • Scale 5: Prototype
    Is the prototype functional and visually appealing?

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