Bakersfield College

2019 Health and Social Justice Hackathon

Health and Social Justice Hackathon

2019 Hackathon

  • Competition begins April 4 at 5 p.m. at Bakersfield College
  • Competition ends on April 6
  • Registration deadline: April 2

Bakersfield College invites applications from teams of students for the BC Renegades Public Health Hackathon. Teams are required to participate in the public hackathon on April 4-6, 2019.


Registration for the 2019 Hackathon is now available. To register, fill out the form at the button below.

Hackathon Registration

Team Communication

Hackathon participants will be using Slack to communicate with team members and event organizers. Sign up for Slack at the button below.

Join the Conversation on Slack


View the tentative Hackathon schedule using the button below.

Hackathon Schedule

About the Hackathon

Bakersfield College hosts an annual open competition on the Panorama Campus which involves pitching, programming and presenting a functioning technology application over a three-day period. Registration is required, but the event is free and open to all BC and CSUB students. Participants receive a swag bag, prizes, and an excellent opportunity to network with community organizations.

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.

The Challenge

Students from all disciplines will be inspired and challenged to design and build tech tools that respond to specific community needs. Teams will be formed at the event and participation is encouraged from diverse academic backgrounds and disciplines (i.e. technology, graphic design, communication, STEM, and social science, as well as artists, writers and more). Each project will become an excellence resume topic and have the potential to make a difference in the community by providing a useful tech tool for public health information.


The theme for this year's Hackathon is Health and Social Justice. Teams will be challenged to develop proposed technology tools that bridges the gap in accessing services throughout Kern County. These services include but are not limited to:

  • Access to fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Transportation to receive healthcare services
  • Medical services
  • Housing
  • Safe Water
  • Assistance Services such as victim assistance to drug treatment or behavioral health

An important aspect of each team’s proposal would include a feedback mechanism to determine the user’s ability to access the services and any challenges or barriers faced.

Strategies can include using video to capture the challenges of accessing services, social media hashtags on where the gaps are to raise awareness, apps or websites that compare services in one area of Kern County to the other, or apps that report or raise awareness to decision-makers.

For more information or to have any questions answered, join the conversation on Slack.



Hackathon Rules

Information about Hackathon rules and scoring, as well as frequently asked questions, can be found at the button below.

Hackathon Rules, Scoring, and FAQ


The Health and Social Justice Hackathon is seeking support from community partners. Visit the Hackathon Sponsorship page for more information about sponsorship levels.

Hackathon Sponsorship

Past Winners


Four students holding trophies with the emcee.

First Place:
Project Kern Air

Five students holding trophies with the emcee.

Second Place:
Renegade Against Human Trafficking

Three students holding small trophies with the emcee.

Third Place:
Sex Shouldn't Make You Next

Photo Galleries

2018 Hackathon

2017 Hackathon