Developers of all skill levels recognized for innovative apps that help solve real-world issues impacting businesses.
February 9, 2023 – Pittsburgh, PA – Taking place the 4th and 5th of February, the AIM North America Make-IT-Wright Hackathon hosted nearly 100 students at Wright State University to create solutions to some of the most pressing supply chain challenges in the food and pharmaceutical industries. The students transformed an idea into a business solution in 24 hours.
The event featured three training sessions on automatic identification and data capture technologies, standards, labeling design, hardware, software, GS1 Digital Link, EPCIS, plus innovation coaching, mentoring and networking with dedicated industry experts from Avery Dennison, GS1 US, BlueStar, NOVEXX Solutions, BarTender, TSC Printronix, Mojix, and AIS.
The hackathon kicked off with an inspirational message from Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner, Food Policy & Response, U.S. FDA along with a visit from U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s Legislative Staff member, Pancho Rivera.
“The teams participating in this event were very driven to achieve their visions,” shared Jeanne Duckett from Avery Dennison, lead hackathon designer and AIM North America chair, “The results were impressive and provide an excellent example of what is possible when people with the right mix of skills come together and work hard toward a common goal.”
A panel of judges from industry and academia evaluated submissions based on level of innovation, real-world impact, and execution. Entries ranged from freshman to graduate students. Award winners shared $6,000 in prizes.
The winners included:
First Place: Ean Hatfield, Ryan Miller, Braden Pennie, and Kalen Tullis
Second Place: Joseph Sodergren, Derrick Thompson, Ethan Thompson, and Liam Williams-Henninger
Third Place: Mason McDaniel, Nicole Pililyan, Regin Potter, and Anmol Saini
“We congratulate the winning teams for their hard work and innovation, as well as everyone who submitted entries and took the opportunity to develop new skills,” add Matt Kijowski, Cyber Systems Program Manager at Wright State University.
“The event showcases the importance of innovation to our economy and our everyday life. The pandemic adds urgency to that message, as innovation will be a key driver of economic recovery,” said Mary Lou Bosco, CEO, AIM North America.
The Make-IT-Wright hackathon was organized by AIM North America and Wright State University and partners from key organizations including Avery Dennison, MHEFI, AIDC100, GS1 US, Honeywell, BlueStar, Zebra Technologies, NOVEXX Solutions, BarTender, TSC Printronix, Mojix, AIS, CDO Technologies, and Aware Innovations.
For more information or photos, contact AIM NA's headquarters by email or call +1.724.742.4473.