Our Partners and Allies

The ATX Political Hackathon is a unique collaboration between the Austin tech community, third party political organizations, and the Texas Democratic Party. 

This event would not be possible without the involvement and contributions of each of the following.


Texas Democratic Party

The ATX Political Hackathon would not be possible without the help of the Texas Democratic Party (TDP).  The TDP is a natural ally of the tech community, and the TDP's platform will create a strong tech industry in Central Texas.  In Tech, our greatest asset are truly our people, and businesses --particularly tech companies-- need a lot more than just a tax cut to thrive. Investing in the education and health of our workforce and the infrastructure of our local communities will be vital, and the TDP is leading the way.




Indivisible Austin

Indivisible is one of the leading progressive community organizing groups across the country focused on ensuring good governance and a strong democracy.  We are excited to have them participate in the Hackathon as a challenge partner. 



March On! Texas

March On! Texas is an organization that arose out of the Women’s March. The amazing response of women and their supporters all across Texas inspired us to keep the movement going. To us, there seems no better way to have our progressive voice heard than through the vote. Electing progressives in local offices will create immediate change in our communities and lasting change in Texas over the long haul. More qualified and progressive hometown officials deepens the pool of candidates for higher offices in the future. Let’s vote Texas progressive!

Marc On! Texas is participating as a challenge partner and will lead a Hackathon team.



Lloyd Doggett, Congressman from TX-35

United States Congressman Lloyd Doggett represents communities from San Antonio to Austin. He serves on the House Ways & Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over taxes, trade, Social Security, Medicare, and more. He is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Tax Policy, with jurisdiction over issues relating to revenue measures. He also serves on the Subcommittee on Human Resources and the Subcommittee on Trade. In addition, he is a member of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

We're excited to have Congressman Doggett deliver remarks at the Hackathon and to meet with participants to hear their ideas.



Charles ThornBurgh, Founder and CEO of Civitas Learning

Charles started Civitas Learning with the idea that technology and data, used in the right way, can help address a growing problem in higher education, one that is costing the U.S. more than $4 Trillion. He recognized that the only way to address a need of that magnitude was to bring together a diverse, talented group of people from across industries (high-tech, healthcare, education, public safety, etc.), harnessing the transformative phenomena that is sweeping across industries in relation to data science combined with machine learning, and its use in improving outcomes.  Since he founded Civitas in 2013, the company has grown to work with over 200 colleges and universities across the country to improve learning outcomes for their students.  

Charles will serve as one of our CEO panelists on Friday, 11/3 and looks forward to providing mentorship to hackathon teams who would like his input.

Read Charles' full bio