City of Houston Open Challenge

Mayor Parker and Mayor Pro-Tem Gonzalez leave office at the end of the year.

For a final hackathon, City Council has identified three challenges for the tech community.

Instead of 24 hours, you have 2 months.

Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2015.

Scroll down for details.


Deed Restrictions

Study deed restrictions in the City of Houston and come up with a plan for managing this information. Where is it stored? Where should it be stored? How should it be communicated to the public? This challenge can be split into two parts: (1) data preparation, and (2) application development.

Questions open October 2. Stay tuned.

Public Meeting Notifications

From city council sessions to neighborhood association meetings, Houstonians should easily be able to find the public meetings important to them. Your challenge is to create a shared calendar with a customizable notification system.

Looking for inspiration? We think CityGram is this idea on steroids.

Questions open October 2. Stay tuned.

City Council Records

Every Wednesday, City Council meets to discuss policy and authorize spending. The minutes are reproduced online, but they are not easily reportable. Build a scraper that categorizes data in useful ways (such as Spending Authorizations, Motions, etc.) and organize this data into an open data set. Looking for inspiration? Check out Councilmatic.

Questions open October 2. Stay tuned.


  • Open to the people of the world. There are no residency requirements.
  • We must receive your work submitted through this website by 11:59PM CT on December 1, 2015.
  • We are looking for projects that can be live and running before the end of the year, so we are giving priority to functional prototypes.
  • Your project must have a Creative Commons or another acceptable open source license.
  • All projects will be reviewed by a panel that includes personnel from the City of Houston Mayor's Office and City Council.


  • Winners of each of the three (3) challenges will win a $500 prize, funded by donations from our sponsors.
  • The City of Houston will commit up to $2,000 per project to fund immediate customization and implementation.
  • Each winner will meet with Mayor Parker and Mayor Pro-Tem Gonzalez for at least 20 minutes to discuss the project.
  • Each winner will receive a tour of Houston 311.

Submit Your Work


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