$5,000 awarded to winners of #hack4detroit

$5,000 awarded to winners of #hack4detroit, automation alley’s 24-hour hackathon:
Winning team’s app will be used to navigate family-friendly activities in the city of Detroit

From left: Will McDowell of Detroit Labs, Brian Balasia of Digerati, Imran Raja of MB Financial, Garlin Gilchrist II of Civic Community Engagement, Abdul Miah of rankedHiRe, Beth Niblock of the City of Detroit and Sean Hurwitz of Pixo.

From left: Will McDowell of Detroit Labs, Brian Balasia of Digerati, Imran Raja of MB Financial, Garlin Gilchrist II of Civic Community Engagement, Abdul Miah of rankedHiRe, Beth Niblock of the City of Detroit and Sean Hurwitz of Pixo.

Abdul Miah, co-founder and principal engineer at rankedHiRe, and Imran Raja, senior software engineer at MB Financial, were awarded the $5,000 grand prize at #hack4detroit, Automation Alley’s 24-hour hackathon to build a mobile application using the city of Detroit’s new Open Data Portal. Automation Alley held the event June 12-13 at Grand Circus Detroit.

The hackathon challenged participants to build an app to navigate family-friendly activities in the city of Detroit. The first place winners — Miah, of Novi, and Raja, of Canton — built a mobile app called Ride4Detroit that helps people discover, create and share bike routes in the city. The team’s app integrated existing bike paths to make users aware of existing issues and allow them to report new ones as they bike through Detroit.

“It was a fun and intense 24 hours that really got our brains working to come up with a solution that would help the city of Detroit,” says Miah.

“#hack4detroit was a tremendous success thanks to the hard work of Automation Alley, Grand Circus and all of our talented participants, who spent 24 hours creating mobile applications to benefit the citizens of Detroit. Automation Alley has and will continue to be a supporter of Detroit’s rebirth,” says Ken Rogers, Automation Alley’s executive director. “We continue to be extremely impressed with the diversity and level of technical talent our region has to offer, and that was on full display at #hack4detroit.”

The apps were judged by Beth Niblock, CIO of the City of Detroit; Sean Hurwitz, CEO of Pixo; Brian Balasia, CEO of Digerati; and Will McDowell, Business Analyst at Detroit Labs.

Event sponsors included the City of Detroit, Comcast Business, Delphix, Digerati, Detroit Labs, 5-hour Energy, Grand Circus Detroit, New Horizons Computer Learning Centers and Socrata.
Second-place winners included PishPosh.TV founders Ben Duell Fraser and Michael Evans, who is also a senior developer at Loveland Technologies. The third-place winner was Jonathan Werber, a developer at Nexient.