On your mark, get set, hack! Mayor Parker announces Bayou City will host 24-hour Open Innovation Hackathon

May 1, 2013 9:44:26 AM PDT
On your mark, get set, hack! Houston Mayor Annise Parker Wednesday announced the Bayou City will host a 24-hour "Open Innovation Hackathon."

The event will take place on May 17-18 at the Houston Technology Center and at Start Houston. A hackathon is a day-long event in which software developers, designers, and data analysts collaborate intensively on data and software projects.

Over the course of 24 hours, Houston's civic hackers will pitch ideas, form teams and develop innovative new websites, mobile apps, and insightful data visualizations to address community and city problems.

"Houston leads the nation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) job growth, and we want to leverage local talent to produce outcomes," Mayor Parker said. "Everyone involved has worked very hard to define high-impact projects that solve our problems and that can be completed in 24 hours. We want to use the applications and insights that are created at the Hackathon as soon as possible."

Mayor Parker also announced the launch of the City's Open Data Initiative, a program that puts public city data in the hands of citizens.

Over the last three months, the city says it has identified more than two dozen "weekend projects," ranging from a Houston bike app that displays all bike lanes, trails, B-Cycle kiosks, and bike shops to dashboards that show citizens how the city is performing and where it can do better.

Further details and registration for Houston's Open Innovation Hackathon can be found at HoustonHackathon.com.

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