Hackathon

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

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4th Annual City of Houston Hackathon Roundup

On the weekend of May 13-15, a crowd of local data nerds, coders, hackers, and generally civic minded residents gathered together at the Houston Technology Center to build cool things, share ideas, and above all, eat free food at the 4th Annual City of Houston Hackathon.

This 4th iteration of what is becoming a must attend event, featured over 200 attendees that worked diligently over the course of 24 hours fueled on coffee, civic responsibility and the aforementioned free food to build 15 very impressive applications.

You can read more about the four finalists by following the links below. Each winner will have the chance to present their project to Mayor Sylvester Turner.

  • Johns Beware - A project dedicated to ending sex trafficking by reducing demand, supporting law enforcement, and creating awareness.
  • District Finder API - This API allows other applications to find all sorts of political districts for a provided latitude and longitude.
  • Invoice Dashboard - Imagine you’re a vendor doing business with an organization that is based only in one city but has 22 AP groups.
  • Task Bounty - Service marketplace to empower and employ local citizens to address local municipal issues.

A huge thank you to all the sponsors and everyone that came to support the event at the Houston Technology Center! You can get the full list of shout-outs over on Sketch City's blog.

More information can be found about all of the projects at: http://2016houstonhackathon.devpost.com/submissions

If you are interested in getting involved with Civic Technology or attending future hack nights, please reach out to our partners in these efforts: Sketch City.

Kurt leads improvement projects, performs ad-hoc data analysis, and provides high-level strategic insight for the division. Kurt received his Master of Public Administration and his Bachelor of Arts from Oklahoma State University. Prior to joining the City, Kurt managed analytics for Waste Management’s Energy Services customer segment, delivering insights into customer profitability, pricing strategy, service delivery optimization, and mergers and acquisitions strategy. Kurt has been at the City previously and was one of the inaugural members of the Performance Improvement Division. Kurt is Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certified and has led various projects throughout the city. In his free time, he likes to play basketball, ping pong and board games and enjoys trying new restaurants with his wife, Brittany.

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