The inaugural College Station CodeFest, happening this weekend, offers opportunities for tech enthusiasts to develop solutions that improve the community.  

Participants age 15 and older can register in teams of four or five for the free “Civic Hackathon” that lasts from 9 a.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Meyer Center, 2275 Dartmouth St.

Data from the city’s website, open data site or GIS open date site will be provided for projects. Possible projects include developing an app or map with charities and food pantries that includes information on qualifications for services, solutions for finding access for shared transportation; identifying food deserts in College Station; or creating a website that connects new parents in the community to groups so they can help their kids build literacy skills.

The technology produced from the event could be used in the city after the event.

Free food and snacks will be provided throughout the entire event. Judging and awards will begin at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Those interested in participating but who do not have a team will have time to find a team at the event on Saturday morning.

For more information and to register, visit www.cstx.gov/departments___city_hall/it/codefest .

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