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Houston Social Good Hackathon

Nov 24, 2019 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

What Can You Do To Help Houstonians Impacted By Climate Change?

The climate crisis is threatening to fundamentally change the way we live. Here in Houston, we’re on the front lines of that change, as seen recently in the natural disasters that hit our city. Minority and low-income communities, in particular, are disproportionately impacted by the adverse effects of climate change. Whether it’s due to flooding, heat waves, or other factors associated with extreme weather events, the underprivileged are most at risk from this crisis. Some of the impacts can include an increase in homelessness, poverty, and both physical and mental health problems, among other things.

At the Social Good Hackathon, Who Is Hussain is looking to address these issues and is inviting our communities to come together to find innovative and affordable solutions to help our fellow Houstonians. No idea is too big or too small! We want participants to engage in creative problem-solving and explore all the different avenues through which the climate crisis directly or indirectly impacts us. This can include developing ideas for apps, humanitarian tech, housing projects, agriculture, food, infrastructure improvements, education, financing, government policy and regulations or any number of ways to make a difference.

Participants will spend the day working with mentors to guide them and will present their ideas to a panel of judges at the end. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top 2 ideas to emerge from this effort. With the Social Good Hackathon, we seek to inspire innovation, collaboration, compassion and, above all, hope.

Schedule

  • 9:00am – Check-in/Networking Breakfast
  • 9:30am – Opening Remarks (Intro, Inspiration and Instructions)
  • 10:00am – Pitch any additional ideas and team formations
  • 10:30am – Innovation Booster #1
  • 10:40am – Research Ideas and formulate Initial Concept
  • 12:10pm – Mentor Feedback #1
  • 12:30pm – Lunch
  • 1:30pm – Innovation Booster #2
  • 1:40pm – Develop Ideas
  • 3:10pm – Mentor Feedback #2
  • 3:20pm – Coffee Break
  • 3:30pm – Finalize Ideas and prepare Presentation
  • 5:00pm – Pitch Ideas
  • 6:00pm – Announce Winners and closing remarks

*Event schedule is subject to change as needed. 

FAQs

What is a hackathon?
What is the theme of this hackathon?
Is there a prize for the winners of the hackathon?
How will winners be selected?
Who should participate in this hackathon?
Do I need to know how to program or code to take part?
Do I have to join a team?
Do I need any equipment to participate?
How do I sign-up?
What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is any event of any duration where people come together to solve problems through collaborative team work. They may involve workshops, mentoring, and “design sprints” to tackle a specific goal or need.

Participants typically form groups of about 3-5 individuals, take out their laptops (if the event is technology themed), and dive into problems.

The end of a hackathon is a “demo” presentation of each team showcasing their ideas.

What is the theme of this hackathon?

For this event, the theme is social good as it relates to climate change. Minority and low-income communities, in particular, are disproportionately affected by climate change.

Who Is Hussain is looking to address these issues and is inviting our communities to come together to find innovative solutions to help our fellow Houstonians. No idea is too big or too small! We want participants to engage in creative problem-solving and explore all the different avenues through which the climate crisis directly or indirectly impacts us.

Is there a prize for the winners of the hackathon?

Yes! There will be a $600 award for the 1st place winner and a $400 award for the 2nd place winner. Though every submittal will be taken into consideration by Who Is Hussain to pursue further*.

*Intellectual Property Ownership: By participating in the Houston Social Good Hackathon, you acknowledge that Who Is Hussain Houston Incorporated will have and retain ownership of all right, title, and interest to intellectual property of any ideas invented, created, conceived or developed, for submission in the Houston Social Good Hackathon. Further development of the intellectual property will be at the sole discretion of Who Is Hussain Houston Incorporated. To the extent any intellectual property does not vest in Who Is Hussain Houston Incorporated, you assign and agree to assign to Who Is Hussain Houston Incorporated all rights that you may have or acquire in or to such intellectual property for no additional consideration.

How will winners be selected?

Upon the conclusion of the hackathon, ideas will be presented to a panel of judges who will then select a winner. We understand that a single day of work is certainly not enough to fully develop a solution to the climate crisis. But we will evaluate ideas based on submittals that meet as many of the following criteria as possible.

  • Be innovative
  • Be affordable
  • Addresses direct or indirect impacts of climate change
  • Addresses humanitarian needs local to Houston
  • Include preliminary financial analysis
  • Backed by data
Who should participate in this hackathon?

The event is open to the public and we welcome everyone to join us in finding solutions to the climate crisis. People from all backgrounds can contribute to this effort!

Do I need to know how to program or code to take part?

Not at all! The ideas developed in this event don’t have to be technical in nature. Solutions can include innovative ideas for apps, humanitarian tech, housing projects, infrastructure improvements, education, financing, government policy and regulations or any number of ways to make a difference. Just make sure to bring your passion and positive energy with you!

See our Ideas Bank page for more details.

Do I have to join a team?

We strongly recommend joining a team to encourage collaboration with others make use of diverse backgrounds. However, individual submittals will also be accepted.

You can join a team by selecting from the Ideas Bank page. Otherwise, you can also submit your own ideas.

Do I need any equipment to participate?

We recommend bringing a laptop with you to allow you to research ideas as you develop them. The Cannon has Wi-Fi available for use. Who Is Hussain will be providing white boards, writing utensils and scratch paper for your use.

How do I sign-up?

You can sign-up by going to https://tinyurl.com/yyuysz3k .

There is a $10 registration fee to help support the event. Participation in this event will include access to mentors, networking with other innovative and passionate individuals, lunch/coffee/snacks and the opportunity to make a real difference!

See our Schedule page for event breakdown. For any additional questions, please contact us at houston@whoishussain.org

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Date:
November 24
Time:
9:00 am till 6:00 pm
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Venue

The Cannon Houston
1334 Brittmoore Rd
Houston, 77043 United States
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