The Open Innovation Hackathon is a day-long event devoted to collaborative creation and coding that addresses City and citizen needs. Over 24 hours, hackers pitch ideas, form teams, and build something awesome for their community-- like a website, a mobile app, or an insightful data visualization. No need for fancy presentations or polish: just solutions that benefit the City of Houston and your community.
Bring your friends together and get ready to analyze data, GIS map, and code. Build your team around your company, your club, or your college friends. Be sure to register all members of your team! And if y'all wear matching t-shirts, we'll tweet the heck out of your picture.
Have you thought of a way to improve in Houston? This is your opportunity to bring your idea to life. Spend the day (and night) working side-by-side with City officials to build something useful and usable.
Just want to dig deep into a problem or write some code to do some good? We've already identified lots of projects tied to the Mayor’s Priorities that a team can finish in a weekend. Just show up and we'll get you caffeinated and comfortable.
The Open Innovation Hackathon kicks off the City of Houston's Open Data Initiative, a program that puts non-sensitive and public city data in the hands of citizen data scientists, software developers, and general do-gooders. Be sure to visit the Code for Houston Open Data Portal to see what’s been released so far, plus the Code for America Civic Commons and Code for Houston Repo for existing projects.