Coding for Community: Civility Hackathon


Event Details


THANK YOU to the students, mentors, judges, and volunteers to made our inaugural Coding for Community Hackathon a success!

See photos from the event.

View a presentation of each team’s solution to their challenge. Teams in each division worked on the following challenges:

  • Grades 6 – 8: Virtual HoCo 
    Program an interactive model of Howard County that can update in real time and provide resources and information, such as bus arrival times, when business and county offices open, etc.
  • Grades 9 – 10: Neighbors Helping Neighbors 
    Build a resource which would connect a person in need of a helping hand with a neighbor willing to assist. For example, a person who is not physically able shovel their sidewalk could register with the app and request a helping hand, and would be matched with a nearby neighbor with a snow shovel. Or, a person with a broken leg could request help keeping their lawn mowed this summer and be matched with someone who could drop by to help with that chore.
  • Grades 11 – 12: Food Security Resource 
    Create an app to aggregate all the needs of the food banks and pantries in HoCo, which could then be displayed/searched when an individual goes to the store. Optional: create a tie in for items that are on sale that week at local stores and big box chains. Optional: create a means by which the app could be adapted event related needs like the Ellicott City Flood or other local disasters.
  • College age: Giving Tuesday Database
    Build a resource that can easily connect local organizations with potential donors, from the micro donation level to the major level. Users could create profiles for their groups and post their requests, or search requests by keyword, interest, amount needed, matching, or mission statement.

Watch ChooseCivility.org early next year for details about the 2017 event.

MENTORS. Interested in being a mentor to a team? Contact Tracy Turner, Howard Tech Council Director, at tlturner@hceda.org or 410.313.5710.

SPONSORS. Interested in supporting this event through a sponsorship? Download sponsorship opportunities and benefits. Contact Catherine Bedolla, Howard County Economic Development Authority Business Development Manager, at cbedolla@hceda.org.

Questions? Check out Frequently Asked Questions.

Presented by:  Be.A.Coder, Girls Who Code, Howard County Economic Development Authority, Howard County Library System, Howard County Public School System, Howard Tech Council

Sponsored by: Friends of Howard County Library System and Howard Tech Council.