You may have seen us promoting an upcoming event—The AT&T Toledo Smart Cities Hackathon. If you’re new to the tech world, this may leave you asking, “What in the world is a hackathon?”

Hackathons provide a platform for people to come together, form teams and solve problems. These teams ultimately come up with a solution to the issue at hand utilizing technology such as websites, mobile apps and other operating systems. Notable “hacks” include the widely familiar GroupMe app and the creation of the “Like” button on Facebook.

The AT&T Toledo Smart Cities Hackathon aims to bring together a dynamic group of students, technology experts and community leaders for a 24-hour event, designed to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the region. Problem statements include:

  • A smarter Toledo
  • Student homelessness
  • Clean and safe water (partnership with Erie Hack 2.0)

After registration and a panel discussion, student hackers will furiously work to solve one of the problems listed above. During the weekend, they will learn to work cohesively with their team and utilize new technologies to find solutions all while running on minimal sleep and lots of caffeine!

At the end of the 24-hour competition, the teams demo what they’ve built and compete for prizes. The grand prize team will take home $1,000 and runners-up will receive $500 each.

We hope this provided some insight for our next event and welcome you to join us February 23-24! Registration kicks off at 3pm on Saturday with team presentations and awards starting at 2:30pm on Sunday. You can register as a participant or as a spectator using the same form.

Simply put – hackathons bring people together who use technology to transform ideas into the real deal. Bring your brainpower (and your laptop). It’s going to be an exciting 24 hours! For more information contact Chris Smith at

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.