Hackathon Press Release

Hackathon Press Release

2018 TECHCORPShack Sponsored by AT&T

Whitley Hawkins

Ohio High School Students Develop Mobile Apps to Aid in the Opioid Crisis

2018 TECHCORPShack Sponsored by AT&T


COLUMBUS, OHIO, December 4, 2018 – More than 140 high school students from Columbus, Dayton and Zanesville participated in the 2018 TECHCORPShack held on Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17 at Capital University (Columbus), Sinclair Community College (Dayton) and Zane State College (Zanesville).

This event, sponsored by AT&T, gavethe students an opportunity to learn about computer science in a fun, engaging and inclusive environment.

“At a TECHCORPShack students come together to learn how to use technology and team up to create solutions that can have a positive impact on the community,” said Lisa M. Chambers, the National Executive Director of TECH CORPS. “I was truly impressed with the apps the students created in such a short period of time.”

During the event, students learned how to use MIT App Inventor to develop a mobile app that helps to aid people and/or communities in the opioid crisis. Working in teams, students used their creativity to build apps that ranged from connecting the community to the cause to helping individuals seek an alternative to opioid prescriptions.

“What these kids developed in a very short time is just incredible,” said Sarah Briggs, AT&T Ohio’s Vice President of External Affairs. “We’re proud to support efforts like this, which not only create opportunities for young people to expand their technology talents, but also tackle real-world problems that Ohioans struggle with every day.”

Seven winning teams from the three regions have been invited to participate in the Grand Finale event in Columbus on December 8th.Below are the winning teams and the description of their apps:

Team Name: GuardRail
App Description: A 3-button app that helps those who are trying to resist their drug temptation and share their success with their support group.

Team Name: Liberation
App Description: Provides anonymous chatting between two people by sharing testimonies so people know they are not alone.

Team Name: Thirteen
App Description: Provides easy access to resources from home to be informed how to react to people during a drug overdose and be able to view helpful resource centers nearby.

Team Name: The Future
App Description: Connects the community to a cause and gives support to people with an addiction looking for sobriety.

Team Name: CODE: 9
App Description: A resource for those seeking alternatives to opioid prescriptions that contains entertainment, information, and helpful resources to all.

Team Name: W.H.C.Y
App Description: Targets those who use opioids and other drugs to cope with stress through education and meditation to prevent people from misusing drugs.

Team Name: A.B.B.A
App Description: Prevents potential addiction from a prescription narcotic.


About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T:
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. The company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $450 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.

TECH CORPS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring K-12 students have equal access to Computer Science (CS) and Information Technology (IT) programs, skills and resources that enhance early learning and prepare them for college and career. TECH CORPS develops technology programs and deploys tech-savvy talent to assist K-12 schools and youth-serving organizations across the country. Over the years, partners such as JPMorgan Chase, Nordson Corporation, Progressive Insurance and Cognizant have provided TECH CORPS with the fuel to deliver much-needed technology resources to K-12 students and teachers. Since 1995, more than 15,000 TECH CORPS volunteers have shared their time and talents assisting schools and nonprofit organizations in their communities. TECH CORPS was founded in 1995 by Gary Beach, Publisher Emeritus of CIO Magazine and author of The U.S. Technology Skills Gap. Visit TECH CORPS on the web at www.techcorps.org, @techcorps_org or www.facebook.com/techcorps.national


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