Bakersfield College

Health and Social Justice Hackathon

About the Hackathon

Bakersfield College will host an open competition on the Panorama Campus in which event organizers will gather information about technology needs in the local community related to public health and provide this information to various competing teams. The teams will then submit a group presentation of a technical prototype to solve the issue and a community impact report showing how the prototype will help address a community public health need.

The goals of the competition are to increase awareness of public health, augment student learning, foster interdisciplinary collaboration, improve community and industry partnerships, and further develop local talent capable of meeting local needs.

All disciplines are welcome to participate in the competition. For more information about the Hackathon rules and a breakdown of the scoring system, visit the Hackathon Rules and Scoring page.

Overview of Hackathon Event

How to Participate



Important Links


To find this agenda as a file, view the 2018 Hackathon Agenda PDF.

Thursday, April 12th

  • 1 p.m. - Registration
  • 2 p.m. - Kick-off/Ice Breaker
  • 3:30 p.m. - Preliminary Panel Session - Health Inequity Challenges and Solutions
  • 4:30 p.m. - Team Sign Ups/Team Building/Rules
  • 5 p.m. - Project Leaders must submit a Project Sheet with project name and a list of team members and their email addresses
  • 5:30 p.m. - Working Dinner

Preliminary Panel Participants

NOTE: All panel sessions are open to the public but registration is required

  • Moderator: Kiyoshi Tomono, Adventist Health Bakersfield
  • Genevieve Gale - Policy Associate, Central Valley Air Quality Coalition
  • Sandy Woo - Co-Coordinator, Kern Coalition Against Human Trafficking
  • Brynn Carrigan - Assistant Director, Kern County Public Health Services Department
  • Michelle Corson - Public Relations Officer, Kern County Public Health Services Department
  • Christy Leyvas - Medical Investigator, Kern County Public Health Services Department
  • Jack Becker - CEO, Bike Bakersfield

Friday, April 13th

  • 8 a.m. - Breakfast
  • 9 a.m. - Happy Hacking
  • Noon - Lunch
  • 1-4 p.m. - Workshops

Workshop Information

Air Quality Panel I: Community Science and Air Monitoring in the Valley
  • Moderator: Carlos Bello, Kern Family Healthcare
  • Gustavo Aguirre, Jr. - Kern County Coordinator, Central California Environmental Justice Network
  • Yanni Gonzalez - Public Outreach and Communications Coordinator, Central California Asthma Collaborative
Air Quality Panel II: Asthma Management Programs
  • Linda Urata - Regional Planner, Kern Council of Governments
  • Brenda Turner - Project Coordinator, Kern Council of Governments
BHC Beta Roll-Out: Workshop 1
Human Trafficking: Challenges and Solutions
  • Sandy Woo - Co-Coordinator, Kern Coalition Against Human Trafficking
Empowerment and Technology
  • Eric M. Ruiz - Google/Waze

Saturday, April 14th

  • 8 a.m. - Breakfast
  • 9 a.m. - Happy Hacking
  • 11:30 a.m. - Lunch
  • Noon - Technical Presentations
  • 1 p.m. - Teams must submit ALL OTHER deliverables. Any deliverables received after this time will not be considered toward team scores.
  • 1:30 p.m. - Pitch Presentations
  • 3 p.m. - Judge Deliberations
  • 4:30 p.m. - Closing Ceremony


  • Eddie Rangel, Bakersfield College
  • Richard Miles, Bakersfield College
  • Janie Yadon, California State University Bakersfield
  • Dr. Frank Lang Jr. - Kaiser Permanente Family Medicine Physician
  • Kevin Mershon - President, Mershon Enterprises, LLC

This Hackathon is hosted with support from the following sponsors:

Bakersfield College logo
Bakersfield College Student Government Association logo
MESA logo


Logo for Kern Family Health Care: The Friendly Face of Kern Health Systems
Kaiser Permanente logo
Adventist Health logo


KVC Fees at Work logo
Logo for Claude and Shirley Family Charitable Fund
The National Endowment for the Humanities
Kern Community College District