This is the third annual City of Houston Hackathon. Over the course of 24 hours, 200+ people will work on projects that make Houston a better place.
Everyone is welcome. Coders, designers, storytellers, data nerds, marketers, writers, artists, kids, beginners.
This is a free, 24 hour event. We'll provide food and drink. Girl Develop It! will be offering a free intro to HTML/CSS class on Saturday afternoon.
As our agenda comes together, we'll be offering lots of fun stuff for everyone.
A hackathon is an event where people work on projects together. The Houston Hackathon is civic-focused, so participants work on projects designed to improve quality of life in the city. Many projects are software-based, but that is not a requirement.
The Houston Open Data Portal is located here.
Yes! There are roles for designers, storytellers, marketers, data artists, PR people, artists, kids, and more. If you're not sure what you can work on, just ask us. We're happy to help.
Yes! The hackathon starts with a fun activity to help people find and form teams. No trust falls. We promise.
Feel free to contact us directly. If you're with the City of Houston, we'll help you put together a team. If you're a citizen, we'll help connect you to the right people.
Yes! We encourage high school participants. Some of our best teams have been made up of high school students. If you are under 18, please make sure you have your parents' permission to participate.
No! Just bring your skills and we'll find a place for you.
No! You can work on whatever you want. But if you pick one of our sample projects, we'll match you up with a City stakeholder who can provide guidance.
We're using ChallengePost for project management. This is where you will submit your final project, and where the judges will review your work, so be sure to register.
It's free! We're providing food and drink for 24 hours while y'all get to work. Many thanks to our sponsors for making this happen.
Yes! Check back here for more details.
If you build your code from scratch, you own your work. If you fork an existing open source solution, you must keep your work open source. We recommend that all hackathon participants make their work open source, but the decision is yours.
Get yer data from the City of Houston Open Data Portal!