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Evictions in Houston After Harvey

By Jeff Reichman / May 16, 2018

Immediately after Hurricane Harvey, everyone in Houston figured that evictions were going to be a problem. There was a lot of media coverage about evictions of vulnerable populations, including some heart-wrenching stories about low income tenants and elderly residents of a Harris County subsidized living facility. The Mayor of Houston pushed back, asking private landlords…

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Houston Startups: 2013 Year in Review

By Jeff Reichman / December 24, 2013

I’ve been working in the Houston startup community since 2009, and one thing is clear: we’re growing like crazy. In a twelve-month period between 2011-2012, the City of Houston added more than 34,000 new residents, second only to New York City. But that’s just a drop in the bucket compared to what’s coming. The Greater…

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The Story Behind the Houston Writeathon

By Jeff Reichman / March 4, 2014

Back in October, I was in San Francisco for the Code for America summit. It was an inspiring trip, with civic hackers from around the world converging to share stories about technology and community development. Of course, the best stories travel over beers.  That’s exactly how Rebekah Monson told me about the writeathon she organized in Miami.…

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Recap of the Second Annual Houston Hackathon

By Jeff Reichman / June 9, 2014

On May 31, over 150 people converged at the Houston Technology Center for the second annual City of Houston Open Innovation Hackathon. Over the course of 24 hours, they formed teams, worked all night, and presented 18 different projects to Mayor Parker and her senior staff. You can check out all 18 projects here. Once…

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Building a Community with a Mission Statement + Hackathon

By Jeff Reichman / July 2, 2014

In the months following the first Houston Hackathon, several organizations approached us.  They read about the city hackathon in the newspaper or they heard about it online, and they wanted one of their own.  From the first email, there were always little clues that something didn’t quite add up.  But we took every meeting.  One by…

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How the Houston Hackathon Happened

By Bruce Haupt & Jeff Reichman / June 4, 2013

This is the story of how we planned and pulled off the first City of Houston Hackathon.  It’s a story that has an ensemble cast filled with software developers, policy wonks, civic innovators, bagels, and bahn mi.  Here’s a video.  It would not have been possible without the support and leadership of Mayor Annise Parker…

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A Day in DC: Startups and the State of the Union

By Jeff Reichman / February 12, 2013

I’m writing this blog on a rainy Monday afternoon in Houston, Texas. Tomorrow night, the President will deliver the 2013 State of the Union address. Over the course of an hour, he’ll talk about the year ahead. It’s a good amount of time to celebrate success and define challenges, but really, it’s only an hour.…

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Houston and Beyond: The Rise of Startup Communities

By Jeff Reichman / October 25, 2012

Over the last few years, entrepreneurs across the country have self-assembled into regional startup communities.  These communities provide a fabric of support that keeps entrepreneurs engaged, and resources to help them succeed.  The Startup America Partnership connects these regional communities and creates a national network, making our world a little easier to navigate.   At…

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China + USA Discussion About Open Data

By Bruce Haupt / August 18, 2014

Open data is a global concern. While most of our work has been concentrated in Texas, we have our eye on the international unfolding of data driven decision making, and what it means for different kinds of governments. That’s why I’m so excited to embark on our first international collaboration with China, spearheaded by Bruce…

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Green Nonprofits: Connecting Houstonians

By Sachin Shah / July 7, 2015

There is no lack of environmental issues in Houston including floods, droughts and periods of poor air quality. Luckily, Houston has engaged citizens that build awareness and stimulate discussion about environmental issues in the region. I sat down with Rachel Powers, the executive director of the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition. She was gracious enough to talk to…

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