Mayor's Office Press Release

The City of Houston "Powers Up" 5th Annual Houston Hackathon This Weekend

May 18, 2017 -- The Hackathon is a free, 24-hour event hosted by the City of Houston that draws hundreds of skilled, civic-minded citizens together to develop innovative solutions for the City and community at large. 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 of Houston partners with Sketch City, a nonprofit community that advocates for civic technology and open data, to host the annual Houston Hackathon this weekend at the Houston Technology Center, 410 Pierce Street.

“The world calls Houston a Knowledge Capital because of the incredible concentration of ideas and innovation in our great city,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “The Houston Hackathon provides us with an opportunity to leverage the expertise of our community to enhance the public good.”

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.

"We are bringing together motivated and resourceful teams of tech- and design-savvy hackers to help the City creatively rethink our processes so we can improve the citizen experience," said Jesse Bounds, director of the new Mayor’s Office of Innovation & Performance, which oversees the City’s participation in this event.

Jeff Reichman of Sketch City, founder and lead organizer of the Hackathon. said, “Now more than ever, the City of Houston is making great progress with open data, innovation and technology. Our tech community is diverse and collaborative, just like the city itself.” Sketch City also hosts weekly and monthly hack nights throughout the year to design community centered solutions work and provide a networking forum and continued learning for technology advocates.

The Houston Hackathon begins on Saturday, May 20, at noon with final presentations beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 21. 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.