Zillow is opening up its doors to developers for a weekend “hackathon” competition that will run Feb. 6-8 at its Seattle headquarters. The top three winners will be awarded cash prizes with a grand prize of $10,000.

With access to real estate data from Zillow and the federal government, participants in “Hack Housing: Empowering Smarter Decisions” will be tasked with coming up with solutions that make it easier for first-time homebuyers, low-income renters and senior citizens to access information about government housing programs and to find the homes that qualify under them.

Zillow will make its data available on home values and rents to developers at the event, which is being held in conjunction with the University of Washington’s Department of Computer Science & Engineering. They’ll also have access to various data sets from the federal government, including federal housing programs, apartment buildings with accessible apartments and transit information.

The projects will be judged by a panel of local tech leaders, entrepreneurs and federal government officials specializing in big data and open data.

For more information or to register, visit the event’s registration page here. See the event’s rules here.

Show Comments Hide Comments


Sign up for Inman’s Morning Headlines
What you need to know to start your day with all the latest industry developments
By submitting your email address, you agree to receive marketing emails from Inman.
Thank you for subscribing to Morning Headlines.
Back to top
Only 3 days left to register for Inman Connect Las Vegas before prices go up! Don't miss the premier event for real estate pros.Register Now ×
Limited Time Offer: Get 1 year of Inman Select for $199SUBSCRIBE×
Log in
If you created your account with Google or Facebook
Don't have an account?
Forgot your password?
No Problem

Simply enter the email address you used to create your account and click "Reset Password". You will receive additional instructions via email.

Forgot your username? If so please contact customer support at (510) 658-9252

Password Reset Confirmation

Password Reset Instructions have been sent to

Subscribe to The Weekender
Get the week's leading headlines delivered straight to your inbox.
Top headlines from around the real estate industry. Breaking news as it happens.
15 stories covering tech, special reports, video and opinion.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
It looks like you’re already a Select Member!
To subscribe to exclusive newsletters, visit your email preferences in the account settings.
Up-to-the-minute news and interviews in your inbox, ticket discounts for Inman events and more
1-Step CheckoutPay with a credit card
By continuing, you agree to Inman’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

You will be charged . Your subscription will automatically renew for on . For more details on our payment terms and how to cancel, click here.

Interested in a group subscription?
Finish setting up your subscription