Houston Hackathon v5
Another year and another incredibly successful Houston Hackathon in the books! The City held its 5th Annual Houston Hackathon on May 20-21 at the Houston Technology Center in partnership with Sketch City, a nonprofit community that advocates for civic technology and open data. More than 300 software developers, designers, and data analysts attended the event pitching ideas, forming teams, and developing innovative new websites, mobile apps, and insightful data visualizations to address community and City problems.
The Mayor’s Office of Innovation & Performance helps host the Hackathon every year, serving as the City subject-matter experts, data stewards and general brainstormers. One of our own, Steven David, led a project team that developed a smoke detector risk model that will inform which neighborhoods and block groups our Fire Department will target with fire alarm installations. Saving lives through data!
The Hackathon is over, but the Innovation Team’s work has just begun. Over the coming months, we’ll be working with teams from the Hackathon to carry their projects across the finish line – whether it is adopting and incorporating solutions into existing City programs or promoting and facilitating projects that go beyond the walls of City Hall.
To view all submissions visit: https://houstonhackathon5.devpost.com/submissions
2017 Hackathon Winners:
Houston Adopt-a-Drain - which allows citizens to adopt storm drains and notifies adopters when a major storm event is coming so they can clear their adopted drain inlets.https://devpost.com/software/houston-adopt-a-storm-drain
NeedHOU - created a comprehensive database for community service providers to more appropriately and easily refer clients to resources in the community. https://devpost.com/software/need-hou
Houston Book Link - allows users to search the resources of both Houston Public Library and Harris County Public Library Systems' in a single site. http://houstonbook.link
PAIR (Polluted Air) - Sends users a notification when nearby air quality sensors detect a moderate or dangerous level of pollutants and allows users to easily report air quality violations to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. https://devpost.com/software/pair-o60q2n
For further details about the City of Houston's Hackathon please visit: http://www.houstonhackathon.com