DevFest Pt. 2: Pedal Forward Kalamazoo- Local Solution Challenge

WMU student Center, Ballroom: B, 1070 Arcadia Loop, kalamazoo, 49006

Day-long hackathon to utilize technology and create solutions that will help a local organization in Kalamazoo

Nov 18, 2023, 2:30 – 9:30 PM



Key Themes

Career DevelopmentDevFest on CampusSolution Challenge

About this event

Welcome fellow WMU students!

Pedal Forward Kalamazoo is a local Solution Challenge in the form of a day-long hackathon that will take place on November 18th, 2023. Building on our commitment to drive social impact, this year we are partnering with ModeShift, a leading advocacy organization focused on improving alternative modes of transportation in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This event presents a unique opportunity for participants to tackle real-world challenges in sustainable transportation, enrich their portfolios, and contribute meaningfully to ModeShift's ongoing initiatives.

In this Solution Challenge, you may choose one of the following challenges to solve:

Data Visualization: Create a visualization tool that uses local tax information to display how different sectors contribute to Kalamazoo's city revenue using publicly available data.

Route Planner: Improve ModeShift’s existing route planner, incorporating provided information about road safety.

This will be the first of many opportunities for you to solve real-world challenges!  You will also be able to attend different workshops and tech talks throughout the day. 

P.S: Lunch will be provided!

The Solution Challenge is open to everyone from any major.

[IMPORTANT!!] To complete the whole process of signing up for our Solution Challenge, please follow the procedures below:

1. Claim your FREE spot by RSVP'ing right now!

2. Join our Solution Challenge on Devpost, where you can find our event page through this link. All the details and requirements will be on this Devpost page, and you will be submitting your final prototype through Devpost as well.

3. Join our Microsoft Teams channel through this link. This will be our official communication channel for the solution challenge.

4. Participants have the option to form a team comprising a maximum of three members or participate as individuals. However, in either case, all team members are required to RSVP.

For more information, please reach out to . 



Saturday, November 18, 2023
2:30 PM – 9:30 PM UTC


Registration and Welcoming
Welcome Ceremony
Dave Koziol: Using Firebase for App Excellence
Julia Suzuki: Deep Learning in Neuroscience
Games for Everyone
Madonna Wambua: Building High Quality Applications for the Modern Android World
Chris DeMars: Accessibility in the Enterprise
Award Giving Ceremony
Event concludes.


  • Madona S. Wambua


    Chief Technology Officer

  • Dave Koziol

    Little Caesars

    Director of Software Engineering

  • Julia Suzuki

    Google Women Techmakers Ambassador

  • Chris DeMars

    Senior Developer Advocate


ModeShift logo



  • Anika Tabassum

    GDSC Lead

  • Aylin Aytemiz

    Community Communications Director

  • Cody Thornell

    Finance Director

  • Nzubechukwu Raphael Nnamani

    Communications and Internal Affairs Director

  • Georgia Hill

    Marketing Director

  • Afzal Arshad Habibullah

    Event Operations Director

  • Aniedi Udo-Obong

    Regional Leader

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