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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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Attracting Talent to the City With No Limits: Q&A with Jon Nordby of the Greater Houston Partnership

By Jeff Reichman / March 11, 2015

I sat down with Jon Nordby, the new director of Talent Attraction and Marketing for the Greater Houston Partnership. They are about to start on a new phase of the Houston: City With No Limits campaign. This time, there is a renewed focus on attracting skilled professionals to the Houston region. Jon is new to…

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Houston Hackathon Returns For Round 3

By Jeff Reichman / March 12, 2015

We’re very excited to announce the return of the Houston Hackathon on May 16-17, 2015. For 24 hours at the Houston Technology Center, over 200 people will collaborate on projects to make life in Houston a little better. Everyone is welcome: coders, designers, data nerds, artists, makers, beginners, kids. This is our third annual Houston…

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Houston Mini Murals – From Idea to Execution in Five Months

By Jeff Reichman / April 20, 2015

The Houston mural arts program is a work in progress. This is the story about how it got off the ground. Even though Elia and Noah are at the very beginning of their journey, I hope this blog is helpful to people in other cities who want to do the same thing. I first met…

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