This is Houston's annual civic hackathon. For 24 hours, we'll build projects together that make Houston a better place to live.

You can bring your own ideas or work on any of the sample projects provided. Collaborate with new friends and community stakeholders, or bring your own team. This is a fun, family-friendly event.


Saturday, May 16

11:00a - doors open, lunch, coffee, networking
~12:00p - get settled, Mayor Parker remarks, Kelsey Ruger keynote
12:45p - Team formation exercise (or, if you already have a team, begin!)
1:30 - Girl Develop It! HTML/CSS Workshop
6:00p - dinner
9:00p - stretch! snack

You're invited to stay overnight at the venue, but it's totally optional. Get some rest if you need it!

Sunday, May 17

8:00a - breakfast, coffee
11:00a - presentation coaching
11:30a - lunch
12:30p - PENCILS DOWN.  DEADLINE. final submissions must be sent through ChallengePost.
1:00p - presentations begin
~3:00p - thank-yous and wrap up!

Parking can be tricky, especially on Saturday when the streets are metered. (See the City of Houston's Parking FAQ page.) There is a public lot located 1 block away across the street from Mr. Peeples (entrance is on Bagby), and there are several lots in the vicinity. Check out this handy parking map.


Everyone can participate. Projects must be submitted by 12:30p on May 17 in order to be considered.


Please include visual aids that help the judges understand your work.  This can include:

  • Presentation (upload to SlideShare)
  • Video or screencast
  • Screenshots
  • Live demo of your site (must be internet-accessible)

We will be using one computer, and you cannot hook up a peripheral device.  Anything you present must be accessible through the internet.

Hackathon Sponsors


$1,000 in prizes

Meeting with the Mayor (3)

Meet with the Mayor to discuss your hackathon project in detail.

Best use of ESRI technology (2)

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Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Please submit your project here on ChallengePost by 12:30p on May 17.


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Judging Criteria

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