Hackathon participants at University of Toledo tackled big challenges

Toledo was home to yet another hackathon that AT&T was proud to support.

The AT&T Toledo Smart Cities Hackathon, powered by JumpStart, took place during 24 hours at the University of Toledo.

A dynamic group of students, technology experts and community leaders got together to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the area. Participants looked for new ways to address student homelessness and safe water, while also examining how technology could help improve everyday life in Northwest Ohio.

Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz kicked off the hackathon, and Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Director Melissa Greene Hopfer framed challenges and solutions related to the local water supply and Lake Erie. Toledo Public Schools officials provided insights for technical support that could aid the district’s homeless youth.


Local tech experts and officials from LaunchPad at the University of Toledo provided on-site mentoring for the young hackers.

At the end of the 24-hour competition, the teams demonstrated what they built and competed for prizes. Winning ideas focused on potholes and algae, filtering phosphorous runoff and food insecurity. The grand prize winner was Team Akshay and their proposed application to help solve hunger in the community by using centralized food lockers to collect and distribute food.

Our thanks to The University of Toledo and JumpStart for their collaboration on this fantastic event.

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