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Code4PA 2018

Code4PA 2018

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The Challenge

Using data from the open data portal, contestants generated ideas to help uncover insights for the opioid Epidemic. Participants used a variety of datasets related to opioids including at least one from the PA Open Data Portal to help develop a solution that will help address Pennsylvania’s Opioid Epidemic.

Judges selected the winners based off the following criteria:

Design – 25%

The solution took into account user-centered design principles. The user interface was visually appealing, well laid out, intuitive, and easy to use and understand.

Potential for Impact – 25%

The solution had a clear user and positions actors to make significant strides in advancing treatment, understanding usage or gaps, improving prevention or treatment that will result in saving lives.

Technical Achievement – 25%

The solution addressed the primary goals of the Code-a-Thon through connecting a variety of health data sources – of which at least one was a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania state or federal dataset – and demonstrated potential for scale and/or broader application in public health.

Innovation – 25%

The solution represented a new, original idea that integrated data in an unprecedented and novel way.

Teams consisted of 2 to a maximum of 6 members. Individual participants were placed on a team.

Teams in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia participated onsite Friday evening from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM for the kickoff festivities and then for a day of coding from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Saturday September 22nd, 2018.

Everyone reconvened onsite at each location for a fast-paced pitch day on October 20th, 2018. An email alert was sent in early October with everyone’s start time at their pitch location. Start time was somewhere between 8:00am and 9:00am based on the number of teams that needed to pitch.


The grand prize consisted of recognition with the Governor’s Office, photo and press release, video on website and lunch with key Commonwealth staff.

Special Prize categories:

SAP’s Veterans Challenge Use Case Award: SAP Prize Package

  • SAP Swag Bag
  • HarrisLogic Butterfly Board
  • 5 hours of business lifecycle coaching package with C-level HarrisLogic Executives
  • SAP Design Thinking Training

IBX Warm Handoff Use Case Award: Independence Blue Cross Foundation Prize Package

  • $1,000
  • Up to 80 hours of mentoring from Independence resources
  • 6 months of office space at the Independence Center for Health Care Innovation

Best Use of Esri Technology: Esri Prize Package

  • 1 year ArcGIS Developer subscription/license valued at $1500-$1800 per person for up to 5 people

Best Use of Datasets/API: Socrata Prize Package

Humanity Award: Scattergood Prize Package

Best Prototype/API: Harrisburg University Prize Package

Innovation Award: Cisco Prize Package

Best Use of a Use Case/Visualization: Tableau Prize Package

Best Team Award: Code4PA Prize Package


Throughout the competition, teams had to access tools, such as:

Pitch Deck Template For Submission


Data Tools

Utilized data from the open data portal, or Agency Use Cases below, to help generate ideas that would enhance public engagement, increase transparency into trending of state data for greater innovation and use of technology.

The collaborative tools listed below assisted participants in database connectivity, visual analytics, calculations and more.





Pennsylvania Opioid Data Dashboard

The opioid overdose epidemic is the worst public health crisis in Pennsylvania, and the nation, in almost a generation. The Wolf Administration takes an all-hands-on deck approach to prevent the disease from happening, rescue those suffering and get Pennsylvanians into treatment.This dashboard provides data behind Pennsylvania’s response to the crisis.


Inspirational Ideas For Ideation


America’s Opioid Epidemic By Lloyd Sederer, MD


Opioid Use Disorder In Pregnant Women And New Moms Challenge


Opioid Crisis Overview With Chatbot


ESRI Tools

ESRI GeoDev Hackerlabs – learn how to build geoapps with ArcGIS

ArcGIS for Developers

ESRI Open Source Projects

KOOP – Dynamic ETL Tool

ESRI Leaflet – a plugin that allows direct access to ArcGIS data services within Leaflet maps

R Bridge – for integrating ArcGIS tools within R

ArcGIS API for Python – programmatic access to ArcGIS Online analysis tools within a Jupyter Notebook environment

Tableau Free Training

Academic Program


For any questions, please contact

Socrata Developer Portal

Libraries and SDKs

Developer Blog and Sample Apps

Getting Help

Pitch Day:
Oct. 20, 2018

There were 28 teams split between four locations in three cities: Harrisburg University, Harrisburg;  Harrisburg University, Philadelphia; Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; and UPitt, Pittsburgh.  What a sight! This totaled 162 participants competing for 10 prizes. Those prizes, and the winners, are below.

  • Grand Prize: Abraca-Data
  • SAP’s Veterans Challenge Use Case Award: Analytical Assassins
  • IBX Warm Handoff Use Case Award: Titans
  • Best Use of Esri Technology: comPAsspoint
  • Best Use of Datasets/API: Big$PA
  • Humanity Award: DICE
  • Best Prototype/API: HU2Rescue
  • Innovation Award: Commonwealth of the Yellow Shirts
  • Best Use of a Use Case/Visualization: Converge2Health
  • Best Team Award: LT-Insights


Please find all of the competing teams and their pitch decks, along with video of all qualifying regional winners below. (scroll)

Finally, click here to watch the FINAL awarding. 

For more information, please visit

The Judges

Regional Round

HU – Harrisburg

  • Jere Matthews, Open Data Officer, CoPA
  • Ellen DiDomenico, Deputy Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs, CoPA
  • Gwen Zander, Executive Assistant, Office of the Secretary of Human Services, CoPA
  • Rae-Ann Ginter, IT Manager, Health and Human Services Delivery Center, CoPA

HU – Philadelphia

  • Sharon Ward, Director Innovation Programs and Partnerships for Office of Administration, CoPA
  • Dr. Glenn Sterner, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Penn State University
  • Sylvester Mobley, CEO, Coded by Kids

CMU Heinz College – Pittsburgh

  • Rebekah Apple, Director MMM Program, Heinz College/Carnegie Mellon University
  • Richard Lunak, President & CEO, Innovation Works
  • Maisha Howze, Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services, Allegheny County
  • Chris Goranson, Distinguished Service Professor, Heinz College/Carnegie Mellon University
  • Jeremy Guttman, CEO, Bimotivate

UPitt – Pittsburgh

  • Dr. Don Burke, Dean, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
  • Lynn Mirigian, Overdose Prevention Research Program Director, PERU, University of Pittsburgh
  • Jeanine Buchanich, Research Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
  • Steven Saylor, Software Developer, Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center, University of Pittsburgh

Final Round

All Locations

  • Sharon Minnich, Secretary of Office of Administration, CoPA
  • Jennifer Smith, Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs, CoPA
  • James Weaver, CTO, CoPA
  • Sean Crager, CIO, Environmental and Conservation Delivery Center, CoPA
  • Carolyn Byrnes, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Health, CoPA
  • Chuck Russell, Founder, Collective Intelligence, Inc.
  • SAP, IBX, and Esri Representatives for respective use cases and prizes

Grand Prize Winning Team: Abraca-Data at the Capitol

from left: Jere Matthews, Open Data Officer, Office of Administration; Gwen Zander, Executive Assistant, Department of Human Services; John MacMillan, Deputy Secretary for Information Technology and CIO, Office of Administration; Jennifer Smith, Secretary, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs; Jahnavi Deshmukh, Code4PA Winning Team Member; Ilsa Snyder, Code4PA Winning Team Member; Chaitanya Dedhiya, Code4PA Winning Team Member; Governor Tom Wolf, Governor of Pennsylvania; Aniket Gode, Code4PA Winning Team Member; Pratik Sawant, Code4PA Winning Team Member; Sharon Minnich, Secretary, Office of Administration; Sarah Boateng, Executive Deputy Secretary, Department of Health; Julie Snyder, CIO for General Government, Office of Administration

Code4pa in the news

CBS 21 Morning News

Oct 22, 2018 | Local Broadcast Time 6:12 AM EDT

NEXT Pittsburgh

“Code4PA is using cutting-edge tech to tackle the opioid crisis” Oct. 22, 2018

ABC 27

“App aims to help in opiold crisis” Oct. 22, 2018

Pittsburgh’s Action News 4

Oct 21, 2018 | Local Broadcast Time 6:46 PM EDT

ABC27 News at 6P

Oct 21, 2018 | Local Broadcast Time 6:05 PM EDT

WTAJ News at 11

Oct 20, 2018 | Local Broadcast Time 11:12 PM EDT

90.5 WESA

“Hackathon Gives PA Coders An Opportunity To Help Fight The Opioid Crisis” Oct. 2, 2018 Philly

“In Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philly, Code4PA takes aim at the opioid crisis” Sept. 19, 2018


“Pennsylvania Statewide Codeathon Fights Opioids with Data” Sept. 18, 2018

Government Technology

“Pennsylvania’s Code4PA Event Expands, Taking on the Opioid Crisis” Sept. 14, 2018

Billy Penn

“Want to help tackle the opioid crisis? Share your expertise at Code4PA” Sept. 5, 2018 Philly

“This year, Code4PA wants to take on the opioid crisis” Aug. 24, 2018


“Pennsylvania’s opioid ‘codeathon’ invites public to save lives with technology” July 24, 2018

Cisco donated its latest technology to allow Harrisburg University for Science and Technology (HU) and the GTI to provide education to remote locations via the virtual classroom.  They are also responsible for successfully recording and cataloguing the team pitches found below. 

Thank you, Cisco.


CMU Heinz Pittsburgh


Xin Ma

Gabriella Han

Gauri Agarwal

Xinlu Yao

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HU Harrisburg


Chaitanya Dedhiya

Aniket Gode

Ilsa Snyder

Jahnavi Deshmukh

Pratik Sawan

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Watch their pitch

Regional Winner

Grand Prize Winner

Albright Lions

HU Harrisburg


Cole Sexton

Bonnie Rohde

Chris Smith

Cynthia Price

Hannah Cohen

Jacqueline Vegova

Katelyn Vesay

Michael Miller

Thinh Dinh

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Analytical Assassins

HU Philadelphia


Jacqueline Markle

Ashish Chauhan

Dhara Thakkar

Harsha Polisetty

Karpagalakshmi Rajagopalan

Kaushik Kumar

Sreekanth Keerthipati

Srujan Surapaneni

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Watch their pitch

Regional Winner

SAP’s Veteran Use Case Award


HU Harrisburg


Dileep Karnati

Satish Arasegowda

SeyedMajid Hashemitonekaboni

Vijay Cheleenahalli

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UPitt Pittsburgh


Ellie Gordon

Alif Laila Tisha

Amanda Abernathy

Antonio Lodico

Chinmaya Lele

Lingshu Xue

Pablo Barton

Pratiksha Anaokar

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CMU Heinz Pittsburgh


Ravneet Singh

Kimberly Zhang

Saheb Singh Gandh

Yuxin Du

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Watch their pitch

Regional Winner

Best Use of Data Sets/API Award

Commonwealth of the Yellow Shirts

CMU Heinz Pittsburgh


Molly Tsai

Aysha Machingara

Huan Chen

Jessica Sleep

Katie Minor

Patrick Campbell

Weichen Zhang

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Watch their pitch

Regional Winner

Innovation Award


UPitt Pittsburgh


Garry Smyda

Ellie King

Ian Price

Justin Ludwig

Leo Acklin

Niko Drake-McLaughlin

Rob Howell

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Regional Winner

Best Use of Esri Technology Award


UPitt Pittsburgh


Huang Lin

Lingyun Lyu

Qing Yin

Yannan Yuan

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Watch their pitch

Regional Winner

Best Use of a Use Case/Visualization Award

Data Geeks Against Opioids

HU Philadelphia


Jessica Streeter

Aelesia Pisciella

Kelly Boettcher

Manasvi Shah

Rachel Augustin

Scott Pawlowski

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HU Harrisburg


Billie Anderson

Aymone Jeanne Kouame

Bo Yang

Patrick Hollowell

Sagar Kora Venu

Sarah Hutchins

Ziyuan Huang

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Watch their pitch
*combined with GeoDecisions

Regional Winner


HU Philadelphia


Austin Smock

Ben Slovis

Buzz lakata

Christine Heffernan

Jackie Dinarte

Kermit Pannell

Maia Ottenstein

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Regional Winner

Humanity Award


HU Harrisburg


Heather Staloski

Brook Nale

Courtney Anderson

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HU Harrisburg


Brad Wilkie

Ben Gilles

Brandon Maze

Briana Pierce

Chris Eby

LaVonne Eby

Sikander Babwani

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*combined with Demacian

Regional Winner

HU Saviors

HU Harrisburg


Roozbeh Sadeghian

Charu Girdhar

Haoyu Feng

Jingqiao Huang

Sagar Shah

Zhengshu Zheng

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HU Harrisburg


Siamak Aram

Anshuman Chakravarty

Kristen Shelton

Mansi Joshi

Theres Rungenhagen

Vidya Sridharan

William Burg

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Regional Winner

Best Prototype/API Award


UPitt Pittsburgh


Rachael Afolabi Royes

Lynn George

Paul Gallagher

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HU Harrisburg


Maria Vaida

Feyzi Bagirov

Jiayang Wang

John Sell

Laurel Lord

Mark Newman

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Regional Winner

LT Insights

HU Harrisburg


Kathir Ramalingam

Andrew Mascolo

Brendan Wesolowski

Edder Nunez

Erin Fischer

Keerthi Pulipati

Muthu Saba

Shanker Yerragunta

Sri Lekha

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Regional Winner

Best Team Award


HU Harrisburg


Bhakta Yadlapalli

Rajesh Surapaneni

Sridevi Vaddadi

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HU Harrisburg


Chandra Sandhadi

Anand Venkatraman Narayanaswamy

Arunkumar Navaneethan

Gaury Nagaraju

Neeta Nerurkar

Vivek Vegi

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Opioid OPS

HU Harrisburg


Jason Harfmann

Ame Ogifoe

Kumar Murugappan

Prateek Singh

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CMU Heinz Pittsburgh


Ameya Gokhale

Haoming Li

Marisa Nowicki

Renjini Ramesh

Shreya Sahay

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Oracular Cypher

HU Philadelphia


Caroline Katba

Frank D Guzman

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HU Harrisburg


Erik Librader

Cameron Runyeon

Dong Siegel

Grant Andrick

Heather Myers

Karen Nielsen

Naveen Pandurangan

Sandeep Pedditi

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Regional Winner


HU Philadelphia


Mike Ghen

Carl Partridge

Geoffrey Kip

Jacquette Calloway

James Chun

Julie Vitale

Lillian Klasen

Rafiq Whitley

Shelley Leung

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Regional Winner

IBX Warm Handoff Use Case Award

Warm Fuzzies

HU Philadelphia


Jessica Barnett

Glynis Daniels

Julie Vitale

Spencer Snygg

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