Hope in the Zoo - Local Solution Challenge

Sangren Hall, 999 Rankin Ave, Kalamazoo, 49006

3-Day Hackathon to utilize technology and create solutions that will help a local non-profit organization in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes.

Dec 19, 2022, 2:00 PM โ€“ Dec 21, 2022, 11:00 PM



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Career DevelopmentSolution ChallengeUI / UXWeb

About this event

Welcome fellow WMU students!

Hope in the Zoo is a local solution challenge in the form of a 3-day hackathon that will take place from 19th to 21st December 2022. In alignment with our core value to support social good, we will be collaborating with Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes (KLF), the largest non-profit provider of food assistance in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This will be the first of many opportunities for you to solve real-world challenges provided by KLF, expand your portfolio, and further help their work.

The Solution Challenge is open to everyone from any major.

In this Solution Challenge, you will have to choose one of the three tracks/problems to solve which include:

1. How can you help improve KLF's supply chain?

2. How can you help improve KLF's inventory management system?

3. How can you help improve KLF's customer service?

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

1. Order a ticket for this event on this page.

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. [Optional] Create a GitHub account if you don't have one. 

More information will be available on our Devpost page.

For any questions, feel free to send an email to weishun.tye@wmich.edu and we will be more than happy to help!



December 19 โ€“ 21, 2022
2:00 PM โ€“ 11:00 PM UTC


2:00 PMDay 1 - Opening Ceremony
3:00 PMDay 1 - Team Pitch and Formation
3:30 PMDay 1 - Start Hacking ๐Ÿ˜Ž
7:00 PMDay 1 - Git into it, Yuh!
11:00 PMDay 1 - Roundtable Sharing Session
1:00 AMDay 1 - Mini Game (Among Us)


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Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes


  • 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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