Hackathon Challenges Developers to Build App for Detroit Public Library


Automation Alley is challenging computer programmers and developers to create an app for the Detroit Public Library as part of #hackDPL, a 24-hour hackathon to compete for $5,000 in prize money.

The goal is to develop mobile applications that provide alerts and notifications about Detroit Public Library events, programs, closings, and other important dates. In turn, users should be able to search the library’s catalog and order and download e-books.

“Automation Alley is committed to fostering innovation and being a partner in Detroit, a city full of talented and creative minds,” says Cynthia Hutchison, Automation Alley’s director of member relations. The Troy-based business association and accelerator organization represents around 1,000 members from around the region.

“We’re excited to see what our participating #hackDPL coders can create for the Detroit Public Library,” Hutchison adds. “The developers of the winning app are not only receiving a ($5,000) cash prize, but they are also helping the library go digital to meet the needs of the public.”

Submissions will be judged by Will McDowell, business analyst with Detroit Labs; Victor Ibegbu, acting assistant director for information systems for the Detroit Public Library; and Beth Niblock, CIO for the city of Detroit.

To register for the event to be held July 11-12 at Automation Alley’s Detroit office, inside Grand Circus on the Fourth floor of the Broderick Tower, click here. Registration, which costs $15, closes on July 9.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Will McDowell as an app developer.