Hackathon Focuses on LEARN initiative

Lee County Economic Development Office | Annual Hackathon Focuses on Lee County Economic Development initiative, LEARNThe Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership held its third annual Hackathon June 3-5, in conjunction with Code For America’s National Day of Civic Hacking at the Lee County Economic Development Office. This year participants were tasked with developing ways to track and report references and results for the Lee Entrepreneurs’ Assistance Resource Network (LEARN), a new initiative created by the Lee County Economic Development Office and local non for profit partner organizations.

The Lee Entrepreneurs’ Assistance Resource Network provides outreach activities and services to entrepreneurs and businesses in Southwest Florida. Its mission is to promote the establishment, retention and expansion of businesses.  The LEARN network relies on collaboration amongst partner organizations creating a need to develop a method to track references and results. This particular project aligns with the Code for America Economic Development silo which emphasizes how cities and regions are stronger when residents have opportunities to thrive as entrepreneurs, employers, workers and employees.

The winning project was created by 3 Dunbar High School students; Derick Vigne, Aboud Alamoudi, and Erik Leal. The team was recognized for providing a scalable, mobile friendly, intuitive platform that facilitated connectivity between LEARN partners and tracking network referrals. The tool developed will allow LEARN partner organizations to track metrics and measure the success of the initiative.

Also recognized was Team STP: Strategic Technology Planning including Jane Manning, James Sampel, and Matt Stieg for their creative use of existing technology that allows LEARN partners to leverage resources in a more targeted manner with ease of maintenance, ability to customize, and affordability to implement. Congratulations to these winning teams!  For more information on LEARN click here

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