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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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Collaboration Season: 6 Weeks of Awesome Events in Houston

By Jeff Reichman / April 20, 2014

I’m really excited to be a part of something special here in Houston this spring. Over the last couple of years, our community has seen a rise in collaborative events like hackathons and startup weekends. But for the next six weeks, we’re moving at light speed. We didn’t plan it this way. Collaboration Season isn’t…

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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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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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