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Office of the Mayor


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: April 13, 2016 12:39:49 PM CDT

The City of Houston will host its fourth annual citywide Hackathon at the Houston Technology Center (410 Pierce St.) on May 14-15. The Hackathon promotes collaboration across government and technology communities, engages Houston’s citizen technologists to improve government and provides a platform for citizens to share innovative ideas with City decision makers. Last year, more than 400 coders, designers, entrepreneurs, students, activists and other civically engaged individuals participated in the Hackathon and developed creative and useful solutions for community challenges.

The City and its nonprofit partner, Sketch City, a civic technology advocacy group, are engaging community members to brainstorm potential projects and useful datasets for this fourth annual Hackathon. Over the last three months, the City has identified more than 30 potential projects, ranging from sidewalk maps that display all Houston sidewalks to public meeting notifications. Participants are encouraged to bring their own ideas as well.

“The Hackathon is a great example of how we can harness technology and our city’s creativity to solve everyday problems. Events like the Hackathon engage local communities especially our young people, in technology and innovation helping us to create a stronger Houston and bringing innovation to City Hall so government can work faster and more efficiently”, Mayor Sylvester Turner said about the upcoming hackathon.

Past Hackathons have resulted in the deployment of successful applications such as Budget Bootcamp, a visualization of the City’s budget, and RollOut!, a mobile application that reminds residents it is time to roll out their garbage can. “The Hackathon is a great way for Houstonians with technology skills to give back to the community,” said Jeff Reichman, one of the Hackathon organizers. “Our city is responsible for so many things. Whether you are interested in public housing, mobility, libraries or potholes, there is a place for you at the Hackathon.”

The Hackathon is a free 24-hour event starting on May 14th with final presentations beginning at noon on the 15th. The City is expecting a strong turnout from citizens, corporate participants and members of the Houston technology and start-up community.

Further details about the City of Houston Annual Hackathon, as well as registration information, are available at www.houstonhackathon.com.


Contact:

Janice Evans
Communications Director
Janice.Evans@houstontx.gov
Office: 832.393.0800 
Mobile: 713.376.0525

Darian Ward
Press Secretary
Darian.Ward@houstontx.gov
Office: 832.393.0804
Mobile: 713.834.7127

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