Create solutions that reduce recycling contamination and help the LA economy and environment.

Are you innovative and do you like to share your ideas with other enthusiasts? Want to apply your skills to help Los Angeles and the environment? Join us on the 2017 National Day of Civic Hacking where you’ll get to work with LA Sanitation recycling experts and civic tech mentors to compete for cash prizes and incubation.

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$1,250 in prizes

Best use of data

Best idea pitch

Incubation Award (5)

Are you interested in bringing your project to reality after the hack day? Hacker Fund incubates technology projects that are charitable, educational, and scientific. Winners will be offered an interview to join the incubator and continue working on their social impact project.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


You are allowed to form teams before the event. We will help group together folks that are looking for additional members on site.  


  • Best idea pitch. There are limitless creative ways to approach reducing recycling contamination. Look at innovative things other cities have done using design, targeted education, and strategic partnerships, or come up with your own concept. Sky is the limit!
    Judges will review projects and take creativity, practicality, and impact into consideration.   


Please click here to view the data set you will be using! You are allowed to incorporate code you have written or designs you've put together before the day of the event. You will not be penalized if you're unable to present a working prototype. You can submit a video of your project, a demo presentation, or any other medium that effectively expresses what your project does. 

How to enter

You must be a registered participant. Click here to register. 


Ryan Gates

Ryan Gates

Tania Ragland

Tania Ragland
Republic Services

Eva Zheng

Eva Zheng
Hacker Fund

James Mauldin

James Mauldin

Melissa Plamondon

Melissa Plamondon

Judging Criteria

  • Use of Data
    Did the team approach the data and/or problem in an innovative way? Is this something that can scale? Does the team analyze the data to provide new insights that the City can use?
  • Idea Pitch
    Is this a project that can be implemented with enough funding and mentorship support? Is this project possible to implement through technology? Does this effectively address recycling contamination in a way that is coherent and measurable?