Saturday, May 16, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, May 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Kickoff at 9 a.m. on Saturday; Presentations at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday
Phoenix Convention Center

FREE to participate.
Open to all ages and experience levels.

Registration is now closed.

The Story

The City of Phoenix Public Works handles the collection and disposal of trash and recyclables for more than 350,000 households. In February 2013, Mayor Greg Stanton announced a new citywide sustainability initiative, Reimagine Phoenix, and set a goal to reduce the amount of waste transported to city landfills by 40 percent by the year 2020.

To support the mission of Reimagine Phoenix, Public Works is looking for new, innovative ways to change the City's practices of collecting waste, transforming waste into resources and educating residents about their role in economic sustainability. By reconsidering what we send to the landfill, we can save money and make our environment better for future generations. 

The Challenge

During the two-day hackathon, develop a prototype and presentation for a web or mobile application that achieves one or more of the following goals:

  1. Significantly increases residential waste diversion (recycling or composting vs. trash)
  2. Educates residents about the available services and programs offered by Public Works
  3. Engages the community for feedback of city services and progress


Public Works has provided three data sources about collection activities. These data sets include seven different files with thousands of records.  You can access the Public Works data at any time here:

Additional information (including city maps of service areas, results from the recent Waste Characterization Study, and expert staff help) will be available to all participants during the two-day event.

Event Schedule

Saturday, May 16

8 a.m. Check-in, Team organizing, Breakfast

9 a.m. Kick-off with Mayor Greg Stanton
With Public Works Director John Trujillo

9:30 a.m. Data overview

10 a.m. Recycle Bank Presentation

10:15 a.m. AwareLabs Presentation
Paul Kenjora, AwareLabs Founder and CEO

10:30 a.m. Team Organizing and Hack Time

11 a.m. Snack and Socrata Presentation
Make your own trail mix
With remarks by Vice Mayor Daniel Valenzuela

Jonathan Kim, Socrata Data Solutions Architect

11:30 a.m. Hack Time

12:30 p.m. Lunch and Game CoLab Presentation
Grown-up lunch boxes
Ben Reichert, Game CoLab Founder and CEO

1:30 p.m. Hack Time

3:30 p.m. Snack and Recommunity Presentation
Ice cream sundae "chill bar"
Will Herzog, Recommunity Regional Business Development Director

4 p.m. Hack Time

6 p.m. Dinner
Arizona BBQ

7 p.m. Hack Time

8:30 p.m. Snack and Genius Monkey Presentation
Cookies, cookies and more cookies
Amanda Logan, Genius Monkey Client Solutions Manager

10 p.m. End of Day 

Sunday, May 17

9 a.m. Check-in, Breakfast

9:30 a.m. Hack Time

11 a.m. Snack and Presentation Rules and Overview
Chips and salsa

11:30 a.m. Hack Time and Presentation Prep

12:30 p.m. Lunch and Judges Arrive
Grown-up lunch boxes

1:30 p.m. Presentations Round 1

3 p.m. Snack
Afternoon cupcakes

3:30 p.m. Presentations Round 2

4:30 p.m. Winners Announced

5 p.m. End of Day 2

Getting to the Convention Center

The Hackathon will take place in the West Building/Conference Center of the Phoenix Convention Center

Consider your transit options to get there: A westbound/northbound light rail station is located south of the Convention Center on Washington Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets.  An eastbound light rail station is also located south of the Convention Center on Jefferson between 3rd and 4th Streets.

Parking options are shown on the map below.