Tyler Web Dev's First Annual Hackathon!

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Participation is FREE, but You Need to Register!
Register by Aug 5 & Choose Their Limited Edition Hackathon T-shirt Color & Size! (We'll message you for your preferences.)

What's a hackathon?

Hackathons are exciting! Imagine a gathering where computer geeks, programmers, and developers collaboratively code in an extreme manner over a short period of time to create innovative solutions for an important project. It’s all about sharing knowledge, generating innovative ideas, and growing an inclusive community.

So what's the important project you're working on this year?

Our 2016 theme is Programming Fur Pets! Teams will work to create software solutions that better the lives of animals. Our specific cause is to create solutions that benefit Pets Fur People -- the only No-Kill Animal Shelter in Tyler, TX.

Problem Statements

(A problem statement is a clear concise description of the issue(s) that need(s) to be addressed by a problem solving team.)

Three specific Pets Fur People problem statements will be presented at the Hackathon kick-off and one general open-ended problem statement regarding animals and pets in East Texas.

1) Pets Fur People -- Boosting effectiveness on social media

2) Pets Fur People -- Organizing/tracking/managing donors & donor interaction

3) Pets Fur People -- Creating an effective & interactive calendar of events

4) General Pet Causes -- Topics could range from Lost & Found pets to locating Pet Friendly places to knowing if the pavement is too hot for puppy feet, etc. Remember -- we're Programming Fur Pets. 

Please familiarize yourself with Pets Fur People's current website. http://petsfurpeople.org

*Detailed information will be given at the Hackathon and all project development must take place during the Hackathon event.

Event Details - August 27th, 2016


  • 1st Place - $250!
  • 2nd Place - $150!


Mix & Mingle:

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Optional Hackathon Cont.:

  • Foundry General Area  (Option to continue working on your projects in an informal cowork environment. May also work elsewhere or on your own until deadline.)
  • 9AM-12PM 

Submission Deadling & Judging:

  • Submission deadline
  • 12PM
  • Judging & scoring
  • 12PM-4PM

Awards & Celebration:

  • Butler Architectural Group (Celebrate with Hackathon participants, sponsors, judges, local tech supports, and Tyler Web Dev members. Water, beer, wine, and snacks provided.)
  • 5PM-8PM (Awards at 6PM)

Entry Fee: FREE!

*Specific issues to be addressed and project boundaries will be defined at the time of the Hackathon*

 *For a more specific explaination of the Hackathon events and expectations please check out What Can I Expect? (Hackathon details) on our Discussions page.


Beginners, High School Students, and Professionals -- Everyone is Welcome! We're looking to create collaborative opportunities for anyone with a passion for programming! 


Project requirements are open ended to allow for maximum creativity: anything that the developer thinks is missing in tech for animals, will make pet and/or pet owners lives better, help the local animal adoption agencies, etc. However, we will have specific needs from Pets Fur People the day of the event for those who prefer specific project guidelines. 

**Hardware projects are welcome as long as they can still be judged according to the existing criteria. And please note, no early hacking is allowed. All project-related work must be done during the Hackathon event.**

We plan to add more information of this sort on one of the hackathon sites soon. Your questions and feedback are helpful! 

Hackathon Sponsors


$400 in prizes

1st Place

2nd Place

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

How do I get involved?

It's easy! Register at on this page at the top right and show up to the event!

We'll provide catered food for all participants and a Tyler Web Dev Hackathon 2016 T-Shirt! Space is limited, and a cool creative environment! Register ASAP to secure your spot and limited edition t-shirt!

We will also provide assistance in submitting your projects, or clarifying any questions that relate to the processes of the hackathon, you are expected to develop your submissions on your own!

Good luck!




Crystal Bryce

Crystal Bryce
Tyler Web Dev

Tony Campbell

Tony Campbell
Director of Training and Certification at Rackspace

Monty Taylor

Monty Taylor
Member of Technical Staff at Red Hat

Cody Wilhite

Cody Wilhite
Chief Analytics Officer at Pine Cove

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    Each submission will be rated based on the extent to which it exhibits a breakthrough concept and/or methodology. This may be through a new concept, methodology, or means of implementation.
  • Impact
    Each submission will be rated based on its proposed positive impact on the pets of East Texas or Pets Fur People directly and their specific software issues.
  • Completeness
    Yes. That's right. Completeness. (= How close is the submission to being a complete and functional product?
  • User Experience
    Is the application polished, visually appealing, and enjoyable to use?

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