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Zillow and University of Washington to Host “Hack Housing: Empowering Smarter Decisions” — A Weekend Hackathon

With participation from the White House, U.S. Department of Commerce and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); Scheduled for Feb. 6-8 at Zillow Tower in Seattle

 ZillowHackfestZillow is hosting a weekend hackathon whereby developers 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. Registration is now open for “Hack Housing: Empowering Smarter Decisions,” which will take place Feb. 6-8 in Seattle. The winning team will receive a $10,000 prize.

The premise: 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.  Zillow® provides an enormous amount of real estate data to consumers to help them through the process of finding a home, but information about government programs and data about accessibility of homes that qualify under these programs has remained fragmented or unavailable.

In addition, Zillow will make available its data on home values and rents.

The event is hosted in partnership with the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, and with the participation of the federal government.

To register for the hackathon or to get more information and schedule updates, visit the event registration page here: http://hackhousinghackathon.eventbrite.com.

Official hackathon rules can be found here.