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5 reasons why hackathons are a must (even if you aren’t a developer)

By Veronica Ramos Editors’ note: This is a guest post from a participant at the 4th Annual Houston Hackathon, which was May 14-15, 2016. Many thanks to Veronica for sharing her perspective! – Sarah Rigdon Allow me to paint a picture for you–it’ll give you some context. Promise. Ready? Read on. The night before the Houston Hackathon–Friday, May 13th, scary–I …

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2016 Houston Hackathon Recap

We had a blast at the 4th Annual Houston Hackathon! It was May 14-15 at the Houston Technology Center, and we want to say THANK YOU to everyone for helping make it happen. Thanks to: The volunteers for being fantastic facilitators for all of the participants. The participants for showing up with their A game and contributing to fantastic projects …

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What to bring to a hackathon

Plus more tips for rocking out at the 4th Annual Houston Hackathon this weekend. First of all, thanks for coming to the hackathon and working on projects to make your community great! Now, what should you bring? May we suggest bringing: Extension cords and/or surge protectors of your choice Any portable power blocks you might have Water bottle (see more …

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Schedule for 2016 City of Houston Hackathon

This is the schedule for the 2016 City of Houston Hackathon. Key links: Event FAQ: click here Submit your project: click here Event website: http://houstonhackathon.com RSVP link: http://www.meetup.com/sketchcity/events/226899233/ Project ideas: https://github.com/sketch-city/project-ideas/issues Live chat: http://sketchcity.herokuapp.com Saturday, May 14 9a – 1130a: Optional: Morning Coffee This is an optional pre-event for earlybirds and people without a team. We will have a coffee …

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March 24: Democracy Hack Night

On March 24, join us for a hack night about technology and democracy. We’ll have great sample projects and a series of lightning talks about voting, tech, data, and the democratic process. For this event, we’ve partnered with the League of Women Voters. It’s part of a series of democracy-themed events throughout March. More details coming soon!

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What is participatory budgeting?

Sketch City is working on a participatory budgeting pilot program in the Houston area. But what exactly does that mean? PB is an easy-to-understand, deliberate way of engaging people in the democratic process. In involves crowdsourcing ideas and letting citizens vote on which ideas get implemented. Here’s a great video from the Participatory Budgeting Project: We’re exploring several pilot programs …

What are civic hack nights?

Civic hack nights are free, 2.5 hour events where people get together to work on projects for the public good. It’s part working, part networking, 100% good times. Here is a video from last October’s hack night. Who attends civic hack nights? The event is open to the public. Attendees include software developers, designers, academic researchers, data journalists, high school …

Early Voting Locations App

It’s voting season! Andrew Douglass put together Vote Harris County, a slick web app that helps you find a place to vote. If you use it, tweet to him at @ardouglass!

VIDEO: Mega Hack Night Recap

Last night, we held a hack night with The Hacker Society and Poetic Systems at The Iron Yard Houston. It was awesome! See for yourself:

Houston Hackathon Recap

Did you miss the Houston Hackathon? Over 400 people showed up to work on civic projects with the City of Houston. Video recap: Social media recap: [View the story “City of Houston Hackathon v3” on Storify]