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Crain's Cleveland Business: Hack N Akron coming back for third go-round

NTMA mentioned in Crain's Cleveland Business Article

Monday, November 27, 2017

Launch League is ready to put Akron's problem-solvers back to work again.

The group's Hack N Akron 3.0 is set for Saturday, Dec. 9. The 12-hour hackathon, in its third iteration, brings together upward of 100 coders, designers, marketers, entrepreneurs and students to put their minds and talents together in hopes of solving some of the city's problems.

The first event, held in September 2016, looked at coming up with digital platforms to make city data easily accessible (called open data) and creating branding plans for Akron's diverse neighborhoods. The second event, held on April 22, continued the work on those two initiatives and added the challenge of improving the reservation process at the city's community learning centers, which are public schools whose spaces also are available for use by residents and community groups.

Hack N Akron 3.0 will continue to look for solutions to all three challenges, city officials said.

"We know that some of our most persistent organizational challenges could be significantly improved through the efficient use of technology," Akron mayor Dan Horrigan said in a news release. "So we've brought together a motivated, resourceful team of tech- and design-savvy hackers to help us creatively rethink our processes and improve residents' experiences."

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