Events We Like: Hack Housing

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 in Events, hackathons

CAVEAT: While Geeks Without Bounds does not endorse hackathons that give cash prizes, we feel that this is an important cause to contribute to and we encourage our network to engage on this issue for the sake of humanitarian work. Subvert the paradigm of competition and collaborate PROLIFICALLY!

Hack Housing: Empowering Smarter Decisions – A Weekend Hackathon

Presented by Zillow, UW, and Socrata, with participation from the White House, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Department of Housing and Urban Development


Date/Time: Friday, February 6, 2015 at 6:00 PM – Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 4:00 PM (PST)
Location: Zillow, 1301 2nd Ave, Floor 31, Seattle, WA 98101

Event Details
We’re opening Zillow Tower in downtown Seattle for the weekend to develop products and create solutions to aid home buyers and renters with particular needs. Deep housing data is more accessible than ever thanks to companies like Zillow and federal open data efforts. But this wealth of information remains fragmented across a number of dense .gov websites and can be confusing even for the experts.

During this weekend-long hackathon, teams will be asked to come up with creative solutions to make it easier for first-time homebuyers, low-income renters and senior citizens to find a home that meets their needs.
As part of the event, participants will have access to newly released government data sets on topics like federal housing programs; apartment buildings with accessible apartments; and transit information. In addition, Zillow will make available its data on home values and rents.

Zillow co-founder Rich Barton will open the event by sharing his experience in the tech and housing sector and his success in bringing power to the people across a number of industries. After a day and a half of hard work, teams will present their solutions to a judging panel of local tech leaders, entrepreneurs and federal government officials specializing in big/open data.

Schedule of Events
Friday, February 6th
6PM – Registration opens
6:30PM – Welcome and Intro (Zillow & UW)
6:40PM – Keynote address by Rich Barton, Zillow co-founder
7PM – Teams pitch to group
8PM – Networking

Saturday, February 7th
8AM – Breakfast served
9AM – Coding begins
12PM – Lunch served
6PM – Dinner served
12AM (midnight) – Coding concludes

Sunday, February 8th
8AM – Breakfast served
8AM – Prepare final presentations
1PM – Test final presentations
2PM – Product presentations begin
3PM – Semi-finalists are announced. Live demo with Q&A from panel of judges
3:30PM – Winning teams and prizes announced
*Times are subject to change