$5,000 Awarded to Winners of #hack4detroit


TROY— 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 an app using the city of Detroit’s new Open Data Portal.

The hackathon, held last week at Grand Circus Detroit, challenged participants to build an application to navigate family-friendly activities in the city of Detroit. The first place winners — Miah, of Novi, and Raja, of Canton — built a mobile web app called Ride4Detroit that helps people discover, create and share bike routes in the city. Using data provided by the city of Detroit, the team integrated existing bike paths to make users aware of and even report issues as they bike through Detroit.

“Automation Alley has and will continue to be a supporter of Detroit’s rebirth,” said Ken Rogers, Automation Alley 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.