Houston Hackathon

May 16-17

Houston Technology Center



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.

In the meantime, check out this video from our first hackathon, and read up on Houston's open data policy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?

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.

Where's the data?

The Houston Open Data Portal is located here.

I don't code. Can I still participate?

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.

I don't have a team. Can I still participate?

Yes! The hackathon starts with a fun activity to help people find and form teams. No trust falls. We promise.

I have a project idea. Who do I talk to?

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.

I'm in high school. Can I still participate?

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.

Do I have to form a team in advance?

No! Just bring your skills and we'll find a place for you.

Do I have to pick a sample project?

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.

How do I "claim" my project?

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.

How much does the hackathon cost?

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.

Will there be prizes?

Yes! Check back here for more details.

Who owns the work?

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.

Sample Projects

Get yer data from the City of Houston Open Data Portal!

Sponsors & Community Partners

City of Houston
Annise Parker
Ed Gonzalez
January Advisors
Code for America
SnapStream
Boxer Property
Open Houston
Houston Technology Center
ESRI
Two Sigma Investments
The Iron Yard
Rice Center for Civic Leadership
CopyDotCom
Girl Develop It Houston
REDLabs
The Black Sheep Agency
Houston Food Bank
Health 2.0 Houston
Primer Grey
Rails Girls Houston
Lean Startup Circle Houston
Houston Data Visualization Meetup
Environment Texas
Children at Risk
First Person Houston
Creative Mornings Houston
AIGA Houston
Comp-u-dopt

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