Harnessing Local Data to Help Prevent Four Major Diseases in San Diego County

Submission Deadline

February 23, 2014


February 22 - February 23, 2014


Jenn Stone


  • First Place $9,000
  • Second Place $5,000
  • Third Place $3,000
  • Third Place $3,000 each
  • Two Runners Up $1,000 each
First Place

John Charles Alexander

Team Members

John Charles Alexander

WhatAilsYou.org. Mobile First Responsive Web Lightweight Application to create awareness about 3-4-50 from LIVE WELL SAN DIEGO. Define communication for behavior. Provides resources for the measures to improve community health. Simplifies the data down to a few data points for the public. Leverages existing google API's and Tools. Translates into over 100 languages. Access it from anywhere with a web browser because it's OS, vendor, and device agnostic. Allows you to push direct data & notifications to the community.

Second Place

3/4/50 Busters Brigade

Team Members

Harish Raju, Charlie Ukwu

LiveWell San Diego 3/4/50 prototype Application that enables Policy Makers and Citizens of San Diego to make Better Decisions on their Health. The prototype application leverages HHSA and LiveWell San Diego DataSets to identify KPI Indicators to drive better Health Decisions. Policy Makers can focus on Actionable Metrics to create policies that influence positive behavior for their Communities. Citizens can compare how they stack up against their community and get incentives for Good Behavior.

Third Place - 1

Team Interlucent

Team Members

Diana Gesshel, Andrew Akagawa, Anita Cheng

Our web app makes information personal and easily understandable by prioritizing data, presenting a call to action, and measuring the effectiveness of health initiatives over time.

Third Place - 2


Team Members

Vivek Kaliraman, Dayanand Sharma

We created a web-based data visualization tool that allows policy makers and general public to easily access, organize, analyze and share public health data from San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency as well as other sources in order to support assessment, planning, decision making and behavioral change. The current version is available online and can be accessed on multiple devices. Many features of the tool have been hardcoded in the current version.

Runner Up

Civic Knowledge

Team Members

Jed Sundwall, Eric Busboom, Alex Boster

A mobile dashboard that can be used to give fast, readable, up-to-date facts about 3-4-50 diseases. Our goal is to give policy makers and community leaders easy access to useful information so that they can create data-driven policies.

Runner Up

Wintriss Technical Schools

Team Members

June Clarke, Max Sun, Macky Broido, Ryan Kemper

Our submission is an Android app that compares the user's health behavior to their community in an effort to inspire them to change for the better. Depending on the user's answers, the app gives advice for how to change as well as the user's strong points. The app also puts also show the user the percentage of deaths 3-4-50 causes by using pie charts.

Recent Updates

CONGRATULATIONS to our winners and thank you to all participants! Catch a glimpse of teams in action: "Tech Savvy Teams Compete to Bring Public Health Data to Local Communities".

If you're interested in events like this one, check out the Healthy Communities Data Summit coming up in April. Live Well!


Chronic diseases are now the major cause of death and disability worldwide, having surpassed infectious diseases and injuries. Many of these conditions are influenced by personal behavior and are preventable, as captured by the concept “3‐4‐50”, i.e. three behaviors (poor diet, physical inactivity, and tobacco use) contribute to four chronic diseases (cancer, heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, and pulmonary diseases such as asthma) that cause over 50 percent of all deaths worldwide. In San Diego County in 2007, the 3‐4‐50 diseases caused 57 percent of deaths and cost $4 billion in direct treatment expenditures.

According to a report by the Institute of Medicine, commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:

"Improving health data and measurement is a necessary—though not sufficient—ingredient in build¬ing a healthier population, environment, and economy. But these data must be integrated, assembled, and communicated to the public, policy makers, and other stakeholders in the health system. An integrated and coordinated system in which all parties have access to timely and meaningful data can help foster individual and community aware¬ness and action." (For the Public’s Health: The Role of Measurement in Action and Accountability, December 2010)

The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (SD HHSA) is committed to data-driven decision-making and engaging communities in the development and implementation of solutions to health problems. It is HHSA's goal to turn meaningful data into information, information into knowledge, and knowledge into action, that is accessible by policy and decision makers, researchers and practitioners, and the public at large. This Code-a-Thon is a first step to engage the community by making public data easy to access and understand, and to support collective efforts to create healthy, safe and thriving communities and neighborhoods for the families and individuals who live in San Diego County.


This code-a-thon is co-sponsored by the California HealthCare Foundation and the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.


The purpose of this code-a-thon is to create mobile- and/or web-based visualization tools that allow policy makers and the general public to access understandable public health data at a community level, in order to support assessment, planning, decision making and behavioral change.


The San Diego County government needs a way to disseminate data and information to citizens about the population’s health status, and link them to other resources and information that will help drive solutions. In particular, there are two problems that Code-a-Thon participants can help solve:

  1. Local elected officials in San Diego County and elsewhere lack access to the health data they need to support their policymaking. Using data supplied through this code-a-thon and other resources, what kind of tool could be built for mobile and/or computer use that would provide easy and engaging access to health data (both these data and future updates), thus allowing elected officials to leverage the data for their decision-making?
  2. In San Diego and elsewhere, community health data don’t typically play a significant role in helping the broader public understand issues impacting local communities—and themselves. What kind of tool could be built to provide ongoing health data to help raise public awareness of health issues, engage community members, and catalyze local action and behavior change?


In addition to the publicly accessible data from the Resources section below, participants will receive additional data in Excel spreadsheet format at the start of the Code-a-Thon. All spreadsheet data will be aggregations based on community using SANDAG defined sub-regional areas (SRAs), which are aggregations of census tracts. Crosswalks for aggregation from SRAs to County of San Diego Supervisorial Districts and other boundaries will be provided at this time. SRA level data will include number and rate of deaths, hospitalizations and emergency department visits for coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer (total), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma as well as demographic data and behavioral data including diet, physical activity and smoking.


The County of San Diego hopes to implement one or more applications or tools from the Code-a-Thon to support the Live Well San Diego vision and to communicate shared data to the many Live Well San Diego partners, including elected officials and the general public, who contribute to wellness and improved quality of life throughout the region.


Saturday, February 22:

08:30 am -- Breakfast is served
09:30 am – Welcome by Health 2.0, CHCF, SD HHSA
10:00 am – Data Presentations
11:00 am – Form Teams and Start Coding!
01:00 pm – Lunch is served
07:00 pm – Dinner is served
09:00 pm – End of first day

Sunday, February 23:

08:30 am -- Breakfast is served
09:30 am – Coding Continues!
01:00 pm – Lunch is served
02:00 pm – Submission Deadline
02:30 pm – Submission Presentations & Judging
03:30 pm – Winners Announced!

**Note that all food served is complimentary!**

Evaluation Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Data presented in a useful way for the public and/or elected officials (40%)
  • Realistic plans for continued development & implementation (30%)
  • Creativity & newness of the idea (30%)

Submission Requirements

Submissions must consist of the following:

  • PDF Presentation (5 slides max)
  • Link to website or mobile app


California Health Care Foundation

The California HealthCare Foundation works as a catalyst to fulfill the promise of better health care for all Californians. CHCF supports ideas and innovations that improve quality, increase efficiency, and lower the costs of care.

CHCF is supporting development of a robust health data infrastructure in California through its “Free the Data” initiative. The effort stems from CHCF’s commitment to promote transparency in health care delivery.

Through the Free the Data initiative, the foundation is supporting government efforts to release more health data and is investing in the development of tools to access, analyze, and communicate the meaning of these data.

San Diego Health and Human Services Agency

The Health and Human Services Agency provides a broad range of health and social services, promoting wellness, self-sufficiency, and a better quality of life for all individuals and families in San Diego County.

The Agency integrates health and social services through a unified service-delivery system. This system is family focused and community-based, reflective of business principles in which services are delivered in a cost-effective and outcome-driven fashion.

Live Well San Diego

In July 2010, the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors launched Live Well San Diego, a 10-year strategy to achieve the vision for healthy, safe and thriving communities throughout San Diego County. This collaborative change effort involves the County of San Diego and key sectors—schools, military and veterans organizations, community- and faith-based organizations, all levels of government and businesses, including healthcare and technology. Most importantly, Live Well San Diego seeks to engage county residents to implement its three components—Building Better Health, Living Safely and Thriving. Building Better Health was launched in July 2010, and is grounded in work to improve policies, systems, and environments to make the healthy choice the easy choice for all 3.2 million residents of the County.


County of San Diego County Operations Center
Campus Center Chambers and Commons Café
5520 Overland Drive
San Diego, CA 92193

Terms & Conditions



By entering this code-a-thon (the “Competition”), you agree that your participation will be governed by, and you shall abide by, all of the following terms and conditions (the “Terms and Conditions”) outlined herein below:

1. Mission:
The goal of the Competition is to design and prototype an app that that supports the collection and communication of health care data about key diseases and behaviors for use by local consumers and policy makers in the county of San Diego.

2. Eligibility:
The Competition is open only to individuals who are 13 years of age or older as of the date of entry and who are legal residents of one of the fifty (50) states of the United States or the District of Columbia or the U.S. Territories or have current student or work US Visas. Any entrant from the age of 13-18 must get parental consent to enter the Competition. They must bring a completed Parental Consent Form to the event. The following are not eligible to enter or win the Competition: Employees, officers, directors and contractors of the Sponsors and/or any member of the immediate family (i.e. a spouse, parent, grandparent, child or grandchild of the entrant) or household of any of the foregoing individuals.

3. Entries by Teams:
Entries may be submitted either by individuals or by groups of individuals (each a “Team”). If an entry will be submitted by a Team, each member of the Team must satisfy the eligibility requirements set forth in Paragraph 2 above. Each Team must designate a single member of the Team who will serve as the Team’s sole representative for communications and all other purposes in connection with the Competition (the “Team Leader”). All agreements, consents, representations and warranties made or given by a Team Leader herein or otherwise in connection with the Competition will be binding upon all members of the pertinent Team as if made by each such member.

4. Entry Period:
The entry period for the Competition begins at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on Saturday, February 22, 2014 and ends at 4:00 p.m. PDT on Sunday, February 23, 2014 (the “Entry Period”).

5. How to Enter:
Registration and Participation is FREE. Register here: http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1656404-UGqBFZgJ2G.

6. Competition Guidelines:
At the competition, each individual or Team that submits a Submission (each an “Applicant”) must retain a copy of the Submission. Sponsors are not responsible for, and each Applicant specifically releases Sponsors from any claims or liability relating to, any loss or damage to the Applicant’s Submission.

All Submissions must comply with the following Content Restrictions:
The Submission must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity, copyright, trademark, patent, or intellectual property- or property- related rights; The Submission must not contain footage, images or artwork not created by entrant; The Submission must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene hateful, defamatory, slanderous or libelous; The Submission must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age. The Submission must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where Submission is created.

By entering, each Applicant represents and warrants that (a) the Applicant’s Submission and all components thereof, including all ideas, creative elements and any other materials and information contained in the Submission are wholly original with the Applicant, (b) no person or entity has collaborated with Applicant in creating the Submission, provided any material or information for inclusion in the Submission, or has any ownership rights in and to the Submission or any component thereof (note: an Applicant that is a Team warrants and represents that no person who is not a Team member collaborated with the Applicant, provided any material or information, or has any ownership rights in and to the Submission), (c) Applicant has the exclusive, unconditional right and authority to submit the Submission and to grant the rights set forth herein, and (d) the Applicant’s Submission complies with these Official Rules in full. Submissions must not contain any material that Sponsors, in their sole discretion, deem inappropriate for public viewing and/or determine is contrary to its mission or reputation. Sponsors reserve the right in their individual discretion to disqualify and/or not accept any Submission that Sponsors determine does not or is likely not to comply with these guidelines, to make such changes to any Submission as are necessary to make it compliant, or to require the Applicant to do so.

7. Judging:
The judging of the Competition will proceed as follows:
A panel of judges comprised of Sponsor’s and industry leaders and consultants will review all Submissions to identify those that are complete and otherwise appear preliminarily to satisfy the entry requirements set forth herein. Submissions that appear preliminarily to be complete and to satisfy the entry requirements will be judged based on the Judging Criteria outlined day-of. These entrants will be called qualified (“Qualified Entrant”). A jury of judges comprised both of Sponsors’ designees and industry leaders selected by Sponsors will score all submissions that qualified based on the Judging Criteria.

8. Winner Notification and Verification for the Competition:
Sponsors will notify the potential Winners on the day of the competition. In order to qualify as a Winner, each Applicant must be available in attendance at the competition and present to the Panelists at the competition (and in the event of a Team, at least one member of the Team must be so available).

9. Awards:
(a) General Terms and Conditions: All income taxes and any other applicable taxes on each award are the sole responsibility of the recipient. An IRS form 1099 will be issued, if required by law. Awards consist only of items expressly specified herein. Any costs or expenses associated with the acceptance or use of any award (including, without limitation, additional transportation, meals, gratuities and incidentals) are the responsibility of the recipient. No substitution, cash redemption or transfer of right to receive any award will be allowed, except at sole discretion of Sponsors. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute an alternate award.

(b) The winning projects will be rewarded as follows: First Place: $9,000, Second Place: $5,000, Third Place: $3,000, Three Runners Up: $1,000 each.

(c) Award Distribution: The total monetary award amount consists of US $20,000.00, awarded in the form of checks or another payment method selected by Sponsors. In the event that the Award Winner is a Team, the Team Leader shall receive and be solely responsible for the Award on behalf of the Team unless all members of the participating team agree to distribution of funds to each individual member separately. Sponsors will have no responsibility for allocation of funds received as part of the Award among Team members.

10. Grant of Rights:
By entering, each Applicant grants to Sponsors and their designees the irrevocable, royalty-free right to publish, disseminate and use the Applicant’s name, likeness and biographical information (and in the event of a Team, the name, likeness and biographical information each member of said Team) without further notice or consideration, in perpetuity, throughout the world, in all media and formats now known or hereafter invented, in connection with the execution and promotion of the Competition and the promotion of Sponsors and its activities.

In addition, by entering, each Applicant grants to Sponsors and their designees a nonexclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to reproduce, exploit, adapt, use and display worldwide, in perpetuity, throughout the world, in all media and formats now known or hereafter invented, information about the Submission and the Project and all non-proprietary components thereof, including without limitation posting information about the Submission and/or the Project on the Site (or such other Sponsor designated on-line environment), in connection with the execution and promotion of the Competition and the promotion of Sponsors and their activities, without further notice or compensation.

Each team is responsible for determining the disposition of any intellectual property developed during the course of the code-a-thon. Neither Health 2.0 nor the code-a-thon Sponsor shall be responsible for mediating disputes that arise relating to intellectual property ownership.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, each Entrant acknowledges that the Sponsor is a philanthropy that in the course of its normal charitable activities makes grants for projects across a wide range of disciplines and that the Sponsor may currently fund or may in the future make grants for projects that may be directly or indirectly related to Entries submitted for the Challenge. By submitting an Entry, each Entrant acknowledges and agrees that the Sponsor shall have no liability for making grants to projects that involve ideas, procedures, processes, systems, methods of operation, concepts, or principles that may also be present in an Entry.

11. Disputes:
These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and interpreted under the laws of the State of CA without regard to conflicts of laws provisions. Applicant hereby agrees that any and all disputes claims, causes of action or controversies arising out of or in connection with the Competition or these Terms and Conditions shall be resolved individually, and without resort to class action, exclusively by a state or federal court located in Sacramento, California. By entering, each Applicant irrevocably waives any right to seek and/or obtain rescission and/or equitable and/or injunctive relief.

12. Representations & Warranties:
Applicant represents and warrants that he/she: (a) has the right to make a Submission as contemplated hereunder without the need of any consent of any third party; (b) Will abide by these Terms and Conditions and all applicable laws and regulations; (c) If Applicant is a Team Leader, that Applicant has the full right and authority to make the Submission and to agree to accept and abide by these Terms and Conditions on behalf of the Team, and that each Team member will abide by these Terms and Conditions; and (d) Applicant is under no obligation or disability, created by law or otherwise, which would in any manner or to any extent prevent or restrict making a Submission or becoming a Winner.

13. Indemnity:
By submitting an entry, each Applicant (including each Team member, with respect to Applicants who are Teams) agrees to indemnify, hold harmless and defend sponsors, affiliates, subsidiaries, successors and assigns, and each of their trustees, officers, employees and agents (all of the foregoing, the “Sponsor Parties”), from and against the full amount of all claims, liabilities, actions, suits, proceedings, assessments, judgments, decrees, losses, fees, damages, settlement funds, and associated costs and expenses including attorney’s fees arising from or in connection with the Applicant’s participation, any use by Sponsors Parties of the Applicant’s Submission and/or the exercise by Sponsor of any rights granted to it herein, including without limitation claims based on rights of privacy, rights of publicity, false light, defamation, copyright, patent and/or trademark infringement relating to the Applicant’s Submission. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, in the event of any claim by a third party affecting or relating to the Submission, Sponsors shall have, in addition to any other rights available to it, at law or in equity, the right to immediately revoke any award. Sponsor Parties include the California HealthCare Foundation.


15. Release of Claims:
By submitting an entry, each Applicant (including each Team member, with respect to Applicants who are Teams) releases each of the Sponsor Parties from and against the full amount of all claims, liabilities, actions, suits, proceedings, assessments, judgments, decrees, losses, fees, damages, settlement funds, and associated costs and expenses including attorney’s fees arising from or in connection with the Applicant’s participation in this competition, any use by Sponsors of the Applicant’s Submission and/or the exercise by Sponsors of any rights granted to it herein, including without limitation claims based on rights of privacy, rights of publicity, false light, defamation, copyright, patent and/or trademark infringement relating to the Applicant’s Submission and claims for injury, loss or damage of any kind resulting from the Applicant’s participation in this competition or acceptance or use of any award.

16. Limitation on Exploitation of Materials:
Each Applicant acknowledges that each of the Sponsor Parties may have engaged and continue to engage in the development, production, acquisition and dissemination of materials that may be similar or identical to the Applicant’s Project or Submission. The Sponsor Parties may use information about the Applicant’s Project or Submission in whole or in part, without any payment or other obligation whatsoever to the Applicant, if the Applicant’s Project or Submission (a) is not unique, novel, original, and concrete so as to be entitled to protection under applicable laws, (b) has been made public by anyone at the time of its submission to Sponsors or otherwise is in the public domain, (c) would be freely usable by a third person if it had not been accepted as a Submission, or (d) is similar or identical to, or contains significant elements encompassed in, an idea, concept or material that has been independently created by either Sponsor or any third party. Acceptance by Sponsors of a Submission is not an admission by Sponsors of the novelty or originality of the Submission.

17. General Terms:
All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Sponsors reserve the right at their sole discretion to disqualify any individual who violates these Terms and Conditions, tampers with the entry process and/or acts in any way that would, in any way, discredit or harm the reputation of Sponsors, and/or to cancel, modify or suspend this competition should entrant fraud or misconduct or other causes beyond the control of Sponsors corrupt the administration, integrity, security or proper operation of the competition. Without limitation of the foregoing, Sponsors reserve the right to terminate, modify or suspend this competition due to any of the following reasons: act of God; unavoidable accident; epidemic; fire; blackout; act of public enemy; war, riot or civil commotion; enactment, rule, order or act of government or governmental instrumentality or tribunal; strike, lockout or other labor dispute; inclement weather; failure of technical facilities; failure of essential production, or technical personnel to appear or be available; or other cause beyond its control. Sponsors are not responsible for lost, late, illegible, incomplete, damaged, mutilated, misdirected, mis-delivered, or delayed entries, or for technical or human errors or failures of any kind in connection with the submission, transmission, processing or judging of entries, including without limitation any malfunctions or failures of computer hardware, computer software, networks or telephone equipment or any technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or any combination thereof. Caution: Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any Web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the competition is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsors reserve the right to seek damages from any such entrant to the fullest extent of the law. Sponsors are not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the competition, or in the announcement of the award.

These Terms and Conditions set forth the entire agreement and understanding between Sponsors and Applicant concerning the subject matter hereof and merges and supersedes all prior discussions, agreements and understandings of any kind between them. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, at any future time to terminate, modify or suspend the competition for any reason, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. All notices shall be in writing and shall be delivered to Applicant in accordance with instructions contained herein. Applicant shall be deemed an independent contractor and nothing contained herein shall constitute this arrangement to be employment, a joint venture, or a partnership. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any Terms of these Terms and Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of any provision contained herein. The titles of Sections of these Terms and Conditions are for convenience only and shall not be given any legal effect. The word “including” is used in these Terms and Conditions to mean “including but not limited to.”