Innovating For a More Inclusive World
To dream up creative ways to solve DEI issues in Houston
Smart City Houston invites you to dream up creative ways to solve DEI, a problem faced by millions both directly and indirectly all around the world.
Exclusion can destroy lives. Exclusion is getting worse. You can help.
if you're 13 to 23 years of age
if you live anywhere in the world (you do NOT need to live in Houston)
if you have an internet connection
if you want to solve a real-world problem (instead of boring problem sets)
if you want awards and recognition to build your resume for college admission
if you enjoy making a video of up to 5 minutes (that is all you need to submit for this event)
No prior knowledge required
Recognition Black Houston Symposium
Free to participate
Target Age: 13-23
TImeline (Subject to change)
January 10, 2023: DEI Hackathon secures commitment from sponsors, guest speakers, mentors, judges, etc. In particular, cooperation from the organizers of the Black Houston(s) Symposium.
February 5, 2023: DEI Hackathon Announced, and registration opens. We need to develop prompts and examples to help participants generate proposals. Possible categories: Youth Voice, Economics, Politics, Entrepreneurship, and Culture.
March 4, 2023: DEI Hackathon takes place. Mentors support teams. Teams submit proposals.
March 10, 2023: Five Top Teams identified from DEI Hackathon. They are prepared to make proposal on March 23, 2023
March 11 - 20, 2023: Judging
March 23-24, 2023: Presentation of top Five Proposals, Awards for top 2 proposals, Forming a Board of Trustees for DEI Impact Lab.
April 2023: Board of Trustees for DEI Impact Lab starts supporting top 2 proposals via once-a-month virtual mentoring sessions. The lead Mentor meets with teams twice a month.
October 2023: Prototypes due for field testing for the top 2 proposals
November 2023: Board of Trustees for DEI Impact Lab completes the blueprints for a sustainable model for DEI Hackathon - Impact Lab. Implements it for the 2nd year of DEI Hackathon - Impact Lab