By Lisa Craig, firstname.lastname@example.org
For the first time in the history of the LaunchTown Entrepreneurship Awards, one university swept all three top spots — The University of Akron.
Six finalists out of 30 teams made their final pitches and vied for $10,000 in total cash prizes at the 11th annual competition, held April 27 at The Bit Factory in downtown Akron. The event, which is sponsored by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, is an idea competition for new businesses, products or services that is open to all students, majors, colleges and universities in Northeast Ohio. Additional sponsorship of the event was provided by the Akron Global Business Accelerator, a program of the city of Akron.
From UA Media Relations
Sleep was in short supply this past weekend, but ideas were abundant as students from other universities joined some of UA’s own for a marathon session of problem solving known as a hackathon. Participants were challenged to take a glimmer of an idea and create a fully formed product or program to solve a problem during the 24-hour period of the hackathon. This was the first hackathon organized by UA students — all electrical engineering, computer engineering and computer science majors. HAkron, as the team is known, handled all aspects of the event — from arranging sponsors to lining up a panel of judges.