It was an exciting weekend at the 24-hour AT&T Toledo Smart Cities Hackathon, where four teams walked away with more than $2,000 in prize money as they tackled challenges facing the northwest Ohio region.

  • Grand prize winner: Team Akshay, walked away with $1,000 after proposing an application to help solve hunger in the community using centralized food lockers to collect and distribute food.
  • Runner-up: Team Munici-pal, took home $500 for creating an application with the capability for users to identify and report issues in the city’s infrastructure.
  • Runner-up: Team PlexNet, secured $500 after pitching a floating drone to monitor Lake Erie for cyanobacteria, collect data and inject good algae into the water.
  • Honorable mention: Team CCTronic, was awarded $250 for submitting an idea for a filtering system specifically engineered for run-off ditches near farmland to decrease water pollution.

“AT&T was eager to join forces with JumpStart and University of Toledo’s LaunchPad Incubation in creating the first hackathon of its kind in Toledo- for students and tech industry professionals alike,” said AT&T’s director of external affairs for northern Ohio, Nicolette Jaworski. “From the engagement from Toledo Public Schools in helping our hackers addressing teen homelessness to the participation from the County Commissioners office lending expertise on issues around water and sustainability- this hackathon deeply connected solutions to those on the front lines of delivering results.”

“I loved seeing all of the participants coming together from different age groups and backgrounds to solve Toledo-centric problems,” added Jordan Valdiviez, operations manager for Launchpad Incubation. “It was equally as cool to see many familiar faces that have attended many Launchpad events in the past,”

Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz kicked-off the weekend with a warm welcome to hackers and spectators and set the stage for a panel of experts that addressed the following problem statements:

  • A smarter Toledo
  • Student homelessness
  • Clean and safe water

Panel members included Melissa Greene, sustainability project manager at the Lucas County Commissioners Office, Heather Baker, director of pupil placement and child adjustment services at Toledo Public Schools and Jason Owens, chief engineer at resonance group.

A special thank you to AT&T for sponsoring the event and the University of Toledo Launchpad Incubation for providing hacking space and assistance executing the hackathon.

Mark your calendars for our next event in Northwest Ohio, Open Mic Pitch Night on April 11.

More details to come!

Sarah Trusz
Sarah is the marketing lead for JumpStart's Northwest Ohio office. She is responsible for developing and executing marketing activities for the Northwest Ohio team including events, sponsorships, campaigns, content creation and social media.