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PWX 2019 Hackathon

The Impacts of Homelessness on Public Works

Monday, September 9 (optional activities occur on Sunday)

Don't miss this all-new PWX program! Sign up to participate in PWX's first-ever Hackathon, and devote a full day to brainstorming and discussing solutions to this ever-present issue. Open to full PWX registrants only. Participation will be limited, and spots are filling up fast.

Program Overview

Are you eager for an opportunity to join in with public works professionals from various locations and backgrounds to tackle an issue that is meaningful and critical to the well-being of your community?

APWA is taking the 2019 PWX to the next level of relevance and solutions-driven programming! The next big thing in conference education formats are Hackathons!

APWA's first-ever Hackathon will be on the topic of The Impacts of Homelessness on Public Works.

Public works and infrastructure professionals are encountering the impacts of homelessness throughout the many responsibilities of public works including street, road, and bridge safety, public transportation, rights-of-way management issues, emergency management, clean water and wastewater treatment, public facilities and parks management, and solid waste collection and disposal.

Hackathon Schedule and Activities

Sunday, September 8

Hackathon participants are invited to attend the Opening Keynote Presentation and 3 education sessions presented by your public works colleagues about how homelessness is affecting their operations and the efforts they are undertaking to deal with the issues. (Attendance at the Sunday sessions is optional.)

8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Navigation Centers – A Different Approach to Shelter the Homeless
Presented by representatives from San Francisco Public Works, San Francisco, California

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Opening General Session Presentation: Facing Homelessness
Presented by Rex Hohlbein, Founder and Creative Director, Facing Homelessness, Seattle, Washington

3:00 – 3:50 p.m. Making Space: Optimistic Strategies for Addressing Urban Homelessness in Public Works
Presented by representatives from MIG|SvR, Seattle, Washington

4:00 – 4:50 p.m. Environmental Remediation Following Removal of Encampments in Santa Ana River
Presented by representatives from County of Orange Public Works, Santa Ana, California

Monday, September 9

On Monday, you will get down to work!

9:45 – 11:00 a.m. The Discussion Begins!
Hackathon participants will gather together to form groups, obtain the ground rules and begin discussions! There will be 10 groups of 5 people each.

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Explore Exhibit Floor & Lunch
Hackathon participants will explore the PWX Exhibit Hall to see what solutions are available from the public works industry. You will also obtain lunch, at this time, by using the Exhibit Hall lunch voucher provided to full PWX registrants.

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Hacking Solutions!
Hackathon participants will spend 3 intense hours brainstorming solutions and devising strategy options for an aspect of the impact of homelessness on public works.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Group Presentations
Each group will present their ideas and share next steps for implementation.

Registration and Fees

Only full PWX registrants are eligible to participate in this Hackathon. New registrants – be sure to click on the Hackathon box when you register. If you are already registered for the full conference, log back into the registration page and click the Hackathon box.

An additional $50.00 will be charged to your PWX registration fee to cover the cost of coffee and refreshments for Hackathon participants.


Contact Karen Wilson, APWA Conference Education Manager at

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