What is RivCodes?

Rivcodes means "Riverside County Developer Event" and refers to our application programming event (Hackathon) that we are having to create applications based on open data.  App contests have become popular fueled by President Obama's Open Data policy and the need for better ways to communicate with citizens.  Examples of applications that have been created at other agencies are: "Where to find services", submitting a crime tip to the Sheriff's department, reporting potholes, a checkbook showing how the County spends money, and many others.

The Goal

One day… one goal…and many ideas! Learn about local government and the services that are provided and determine how you can make a difference. Join your peer designers, software developers, and innovators and participate in a day of fun, food, and technology. Using Riverside County datasets, build, design, create, and share new concepts and apps that will improve civic engagement.  Submitted apps can run on the web, or on mobile devices. Take home one of many awesome prizes for creating the best app and/or innovative concept. Who knows – your ideas and initiative could spawn the next successful technology startup, or launch your career in public office! Tap the power of community creativity, technology and government transparency – and let the ideas flow!

SAM stands for Simple, Aware & Mobile. 

The purpose of SAM is to introduce a character that can filter the techno-babble and clearly explain upcoming RCIT projects so our customers and constituents can better understand and see the benefits of the new products and technologies we will be implementing. We are seeking to develop new ways to communicate with our constituents, provide easier tools to find out information about the county and easier ways to do business with the county.  SAM represents RCIT’s goals to be Simple, be Aware and be Mobile.

Simple: Make technology simple so it works for you.
• Aware: Information that is relevant to you and others.
• Mobile: Bringing the solutions to you wherever you need them

Additionally, we will attempt to incorporate the County’s goals of being business friendly, safe and healthy whenever possible. Sam’s job is to inform and entertain. SAM will make it easy, every step of the way by communicating in simple, easy to understand language on complex technical topics.

The hackathon will help SAM show Riverside County’s commitment to technology, increase awareness around open data, reach out to citizens and allow them use of public data.

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About Riverside County...

California's fourth largest county by population is expanding its economy, working to make Riverside County as business-friendly as possible and using health and recreation strategies to make the county a healthier place for residents. Each year, millions visit the county to take advantage of the glorious desert winter, attend the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival, the Balloon and Wine Festival, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Coachella and Stagecoach mega-concerts, the Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Center and the Humana Challenge, the golf tournament formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic. All those, combined with a rich cultural heritage and frontier history, make Riverside County a great place live, work or visit.

Our Goals:

  • Customer Centric Public Service that is Better, Faster, and Fiscally Prudent through Technology
  • Become Known as the most Business Friendly County in California
  • Promote a Healthy Riverside County


  • Improve Transparency
  • Improve Accountability
  • Improve Quality of Life for Constituents
  • Encourage Innovation
  • Improve Efficiency and Productivity

Contact Us

Riverside County Innovation Center
3450 14th Street
Riverside, CA 92501