24 hours of collaboration on civic projects

The City of Houston Hackathon is a gathering of hundreds of software developers, designers, policy wonks, and people who want to make Houston a better place to live.

For the last four years, we've produced dozens of projects that affect every aspect of the city -- from potholes to libraries to campaign finance.

But this year, Houston needs you more than ever. Lend us your brain and we'll make it an experience that you never forget.

Not sure what this is all about? Check out the 2015 Houston Hackathon:

What is a hackathon?

The City of Houston Hackathon is a 24 hour gathering of software developers, designers, urban planners, map nerds, data nerds, and anyone else with an interest in how the city serves the people.

What isn't a hackathon?

We're not doing anything illegal, if that's what you're thinking.

Do I need to know how to code?

No! Hackathon projects need all kinds of people. If you're in marketing, you can help present. If you're a project manager, you can keep everything on track. If you've got time, you can grab lunch for your teammates. There are a million ways to be a part of something great.

Will there be food?

Yes! We'll provide breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.

I don't know anyone there. Will I find a team?

Yes! We provide a team matchmaking exercise. If you don't find anyone on the first try, we'll hook you up with a team that needs your skills.

Can I bring my own team?

Of course!

I don't know anything about the city. What projects can I work on?

Check out our list of sample projects.

I already have a project in mind. Is that ok?


I'm attending Space City JS on Saturday. Can I still participate?

Yes! We'll have a concierge waiting for you on Saturday evening. You can work on your own project, or we'll help you find a team.

Click here for a list of sample projects

Or peep Github to join a project in progress.