Local Programmers Solving State Government Problems Need Support

Legislation has been introduced in the 2017 session of the Hawaii Legislature that would build on the successful outcomes of the Hawaii Annual Code Challenge held last fall. At the Code Challenge, local programmers and the community came together to develop digital tools and applications to solve problems facing state government, including addressing homeless issues, prison visitations, and connecting consumers to locally produced materials, services, and products, as well as helping students apply to UH System colleges and find scholarships and internships.

The legislation, House Bill No. 1329, would provide modest but meaningful support to help programmers move their applications from the proof of concept stage into prototypes for eventual production. Passing this bill would be an important signal of the state’s commitment to technology development.

Testify in Support of Local Programmers and the Community Transforming State Government

To submit testimony, you’ll need to create an account as a legislative website user. You can do this by going to the web form and filling in the necessary information on this page. Once you are registered and logged in, when the home page launches, you will see three icons labeled “Submit Testimony”, “Hearing Notification” and “Measure Tracking.” Click on “Hearing Notification” and in the box “Subscribe by Measure” type in HB1329 (no spaces). When the bill is schedule for a hearing, you will be notified. At that time you can sign in to the website and click on the Submit Testimony icon to submit your testimony.

 

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