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 zafar   Tahir 
 planning commissioner 


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 Chief Recovery Officer 



You're invited!

to dream up creative ways to solve flooding


The City of Houston invites you to dream up creative ways to solve flooding, a problem faced by Houston and numerous other cities around the world. Houston Planning Commissioner, Mr. Tahir, and Chief Recovery Officer, Mr. Costello, have partnered with Awty International School to host this fun Design Sprint ( a virtual problem-solving event) on September 23, 2022.


Flooding can destroy lives. Flooding is getting worse. You can help.

Here's how:

  • if you're 14 to 18 years of age

  • if you live anywhere in the world (you do NOT need to live in Houston)

  • if you have 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 can spend at least 2 hours between 6 pm (CST) Sept. 23 and 6 pm Sept. 25

  • 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 From the Mayor


Free to participate

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Target Age: 14-18


Opening Session 

Important information for every team.

If you missed the opening ceremony, check it out here:


Thanks TO all of our event sponsors


Certificate of Recognition signed by the event organizers, Houston Planning Commissioner Mr. Zafar, and the Mayor of Houston, Mr. Turner.

Celebration of you, your team's solution on this website. We'll include your photo, your biography, and your team's solution. Great for building your resume for college applications, scholarships, community service and more.

Recognition and solution consideration from the Houston Planning Commission.

VIP Invitation to future Design Sprints and Ideathons

Consideration for Internship with City of Houston

SChedule (virtual event)

September 23 (Friday) / 6:00pm cDt (UTC -5)

September 25 (Sunday) /6:00pm cDt (UTC -5)

September 28 (Wed) / 5:00pm cDt (UTC -5)

- Opening Session: Welcome and Keynote Speaker

- Details of the flooding problem revealed to teams

- Mentors available to assist teams

- Teams begin work virtually  (teams consist of 1 to 5 members)

- Teams submit videos

- Next steps (Judging and Winners)

- Thanks and Closing

- Winners will be posted on event website (this one) 

- Winners will be contacted 

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