The Houston Hackathon is a "civic" hackathon to solve problems that affect the greater public—such as traffic information, voter registration, or recycling programs, just to name a few.
Anyone interested in improving Houston should join us. We're a vast—and welcoming—community of passionate people from all walks of life!
Not at all! Just bring your own energy, thinking cap, personal experience and individual expertise.
If you do want to brush up on coding skills, check out our workshops (also free) leading up to the hackathon.
Check out the Hackathon Project Ideas List to find a project you might like, or create your own project. We do encourage choosing a project idea and finding possible teammates ahead of time, since we only have 24 hours! Teams can range from 2-20 people, but the ideal size depends on your idea and ability to manage it. Generally, 3-5 people works out well, though there have been great solo team and great 10+ person teams.
Nope, this is a free event, thanks to our fabulous partners!
You should plan to bring your own electronics: laptops, power cables, graphics tablets, etc. We'll be providing white-board access and some power strips.
Yep, Houston Technology Center will provide wi-fi.
You are welcome to use any software you have access to/licensing for. To officially submit your project, you will need to use Github.
Though hackathon technically runs 24 hours, we never lock anyone in. This year, we are considering closing at midnight and re-opening 7am Sunday.
If think you will need a little shut-eye while your team keeps working, bring your own pillow. We suggest leaving to get good rest, though!
YES! You just focus on using your brains, and we'll provide the fuel (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks will be available for free, thanks to our generous sponsors). If you have dietary restrictions, please consider bringing your own food.