When: Oct. 25-26 (25th 9 a.m.- 10 p.m., 26th 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) 

Where: Reno Collective

What: Hack4Reno is a weekend hackathon where teams build apps that benefit the community. This means creating apps, websites, and/or platforms that help aggregate, collect or share information in Reno. 

Hack4Reno 2014 is a collaborative event organized by City of RenoCode for Reno and Reno Collective. One of the goals for this year's event is to provide developers easy access to clean, open data prior to the event. This will give teams more time to focus on building cool stuff during the event. We encourage developers to submit the types of datasets they're interested in at least one month prior to the event. This will give us enough time to find and clean the data. All data for Hack4Reno 2014 will be hosted on OpenDataReno.org

Hack4Reno Manifesto:

  • demonstrate the value of Open Data and Open Government
  • serve as a model of engagement and participation for other Nevada cities
  • foster an open, expansive local government that listens to its people and their needs
  • connect people and their government through a shared purpose
  • take Reno one step further down the road to a smarter city and populace
  • empower citizens to help the city work better
  • give citizens tools and information to understand the larger context in which they live
  • show that Reno is full of talented, creative people that love their city
  • allow people to use their skills for civic good
  • spark innovation and new business startups
  • redefine hacking as a constructive term with a beneficial outcome


  • Anyone can submit an idea. You do not need to be a developer to participate. 
  • Under 18 years of age? You'll need a release from your parent or legal gaurdian stating that it's okay for you to participate. 
  • Teams of 5 or less


Content: Submitted solutions must include features and functionality focused on using data to build apps that benefit residents in the city of Reno. 

Solutions must include a software component such as: 

  • a native smartphone or tablet solution (iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile)
  • a web solution (mobile or desktop)
  • a desktop solution (Windows PC, Mac Desktop)
  • software running on other hardware (including, but not exclusive to, wearable technology, open source hardware, etc.)
  • custom hardware which includes a software component (wearable technology, etc.) 

Supplemental Material: You must present a demo that walks through the main functionality of the solution. You must also submit at least one image/screenshot of your working solution.

New & Existing Solutions: Solutions may be newly created or pre-existing. If submitting an existing solution (developed prior to this competition), it must include new features/functionality added after the start of the submission period, which specifically aims to promote civic good in the city of Reno. 

All Code Must be Open: All code must be made available on the Hack4Reno github, Hack4Reno will work with teams after the event if they are not experienced with git.

Hackathon Sponsors


Best Use of City Data

Try everything. This pack includes two Tessels and one of every module (+ a second NRF so they can talk to each other).
2 Tessels
1 Accelerometer Module
1 Ambient (Light + Sound) Module
1 Audio Module
1 Bluetooth Low Energy Module
1 Camera Module
1 Climate Module
1 Infrared Module
1 GPRS/SIM Module
1 Relay Module
1 MicroSD Module
2 nRF24 Modules
1 RFID Module
1 Servo Module (includes servo)

Prize sponsored by Accela

Best in Show

$100 Amazon Gift Cards (one per team member)
Noble Studios Swag

Prize sponsored by Noble Studios

People's Choice (2)

Kindle Fire HD 6 Tablets (one per team member)
Sponsored by Granicus

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

  • "Register" to sign-up and tell us a little bit about your idea.
  • Please submit your idea (300 words or less) in the 'Discussion' section. This will allow everyone to review your idea. Please try and submit before 5 p.m. on Oct. 20.

Please include the following when submitting your idea:

  • What will you create during the event? (ie. functioning software application, demo video, etc.)
  • Platform(s) your project will be built on
  • Type of datasets you will need, Your skillset
  • Skillsets you need to complete your team
  • Are there examples of your idea on GitHub or somewhere else? Please provide a link.  


Jeremy Murray

Jeremy Murray
Team Captain, Code for Reno

Monica Thompson

Monica Thompson
Digital Engagement Manager, City of Reno

Kim Robinson

Kim Robinson
Executive Director, Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency

Mark Headd

Mark Headd
Developer Evangelist, Accela, Inc

Judging Criteria

  • Is it open?
    All code must be made available on the Hack4Reno github, Hack4Reno will work with teams after the event if they are not experienced with git.
  • Is it relevant to Reno?
    Does the app meet a need in the Reno area? Does the app or service help to inform/engage the people of Reno?
  • Is it an innovative use of data/technology?
    Is the solution novel? Does it solve a problem in a creative or never-seen-before way?

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