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Hack-A-Thon Winners Announced!

Nov 1, 2021

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Two weekends ago, the City of Elyria held its first virtual Hack-a-Thon! Residents of Elyria, students, business owners and professionals joined together for a working conference and developed solutions for community-wide problems including:

    • Community violence and crime prevention
    • Social, emotional, and mental health services
    • Parks and green space development
    • Entrepreneurship and small business assistance
    • Job Training
    • Tourism, Travel, and Hospitality Redevelopment
    • Childcare/Afterschool programming/Early Learning

By the end of the virtual hackathon on Sunday, seven innovative concepts were submitted. The judging panel has spent the past week assessing them and after much deliberation, we are pleased to announce the three winning projects and the Team that will be referred to the Incubator at Case Western Reserve Universities Veale Entrepreneurship Center. Special thank you to our partners, Kinetic by Windstream, Case Western Reserve University, Dataswift, and Lorain County Community College without you, this would not be possible!

Congratulations to the Hack-a-Thon Winners:

Incubator at Case Western Reserve University Veale Entrepreneurship Center:

Hackathon participants can also pursue American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for their concepts, subject to grant restrictions and requirements. These funds are intended to help communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and the corresponding economic crisis. The plan will build a bridge to an equitable economic recovery for those residents hardest hit by the crisis. Community development office staff will provide guidance in this process.

The application is attached and also available at It is due by December 3rd to Questions should be directed to Community Relations at 440.326.1537.

Download PDF ARPA Application

🎥 Watch Preview of Project Submissions 🎥

🎥 Watch: Reducing the Digital Creativity Gap (Jean D. Akingeneye, from the Urban Apps & Maps Studio)

🎥 Watch: Growing Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Transitioning Economies (Michael Goldberg the inaugural Executive Director of The Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship)

🎥 Watch: Data Passporting as the Future of Customer Acquisition (Professor Irene Ng, Dataswift CEO)

🎥 Watch: The Telecommunications Industry (Mayor Frank Whitfield Interviews Tony Thomas, President and CEO of Windstream)

🎥 Watch: Tourism, Travel Hospitality Smart City Program (Dr. Wilfred Pinfold CEO of Urban.Systems)

🎥 Watch: Privacy and the Ethical Use of Data (Erman AyDay Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)

🎥 Watch: Discovering Problems in Our Dwelling Place (Kipum Lee, Managing Director of UH Ventures)