Zillow & UW
With participation from the White House, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Department of Housing and Urban Development
Hack Housing: Empowering Smarter Decisions – A Weekend Hackathon
Calling all coders, designers and business professionals – Zillow needs your help hacking housing and we're offering up a $10,000 grand prize to the team who can do it best!
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 accessory dwelling units and transit information. In addition, Zillow will make available its data on home values and rents.
Zillow co-founder Rich Barton and Nick Sinai a Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and the former U.S. Deputy CTO at the White House will open the event by sharing their experience creating transparency with open data across their 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.
For more background on the problems we're trying to solve during the hackathon, click here.
We Supply: Hundreds of federal and local data sets and APIs available here. Quick presentations and code samples that help to bootstrap your hacking, WiFi, power strips, food to keep you going and caffeine to keep you awake. Along with technical experts and housing experts to assist you in building faster, smarter and with new tools.
You Bring: Your laptop, any other technical equipment you need, skills & ideas. Come with a collaborative, team focused mindset and/or team up in advance on Twitter/Facebook/Google+ via the #HackHousing hashtag. Whether you are a backend person, designer, entrepreneur, student, or just interested in tech; you are invited to attend this event. Every group needs a good balance of talent and your development skills are needed!
Event Schedule. The following is a list of the weekend's agenda:
Friday, February 6th - Day 1
6PM – Kick off event registration opens
6:30PM – Welcome and intro (Zillow & UW)
6:40PM – Fireside chat with Rich Barton, Zillow co-founder and Nick Sinai, former U.S. Deputy CTO at the White House
7PM – Overview of housing problems by the Seattle Housing Authority
7:15PM – Networking and team formation
Saturday, February 7th - Day 2
8AM – Breakfast served & coding begins
9AM - Technical demo of HUD data sets and APIs
12PM – Lunch served
6PM – Dinner served
12AM (midnight) – Coding at office concludes
Sunday, February 8th - Day 3
8AM – Breakfast served & coding resumes. Begin preparing final presentations
12PM – Lunch served
1PM – Test final presentations
2PM - Product presentations and live demos begin (limited to 3 minutes per team)
3PM – Q&A from panel of judges
3:30PM – Winning teams and prizes announced
*Times are subject to change
- First place team wins $10,000 cash
- Second place team wins $5,000 cash
- Third place team wins $3,000 cash
Judging Criteria: Products and apps will be judged based on the criteria below and weighted accordingly.
- 30% Weight - Usefulness: How effectively does the product solve the stated problem?
- 25% Weight - Innovation: How original is this solution compared to other products and platforms already available?
- 25% Weight - Impact: What is the potential for the product to drive immediate real world impact?
- 20% Weight - Functionality: Working functionality of the product as submitted and potential for submission to be completed through to launch (this will take into account demonstrated technical capabilities)
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The Zillow® & University of Washington “Hack Housing: Empowering Smarter Decisions” Weekend Hackathon Contest starts 2/6/15 at 6:00 PM PT, and ends 2/8/15 at 2:00 PM PT. Open to eligible legal residents of, and those who are otherwise lawfully present in the 50 United States or District of Columbia (excluding New York and Florida), who are 18 years or older. Click on Official Rules for details on entry instructions, winner selection, prize details, restrictions, etc. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Zillow, Inc., 1301 Second Ave, Floor 31, Seattle WA 98101.
- Follow us @Zillow for live updates and photos from the event
- Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #HackHousing
Technical support and open data resources will be provided by Socrata.