Calling all civic-minded citizens: developers, designers, marketers & business leaders with good ideas to tackle challenges in our cities.

About this Event

This is your chance to connect with like-minded people in your community to make a difference. Think our communities could be better? Do you have ideas for solutions that leverage technology? Want to work with other like-minded, dynamic people? Have skills like web or mobile development, design, mapping, data analysis, research, or storytelling? Come apply your technical, creative, and business skills to transform our cities for the better.

During this Pittsburgh Civic Hackathon, you will hack on solutions for civic good, hear from innovative leaders, meet technical, creative and business mentors, receive input from domain experts, and form remote teams to create useful prototypes that solve pressing needs. All you need to do is bring your interests, skills, and enthusiasm.

Grove City College’s Center for Entrepreneurship + Innovation was well represented at the 2021 version of the Civic Hackathon!

Both Logan Hammerschmitt ’16 (current Marketing + Outreach Coordinator for the Center) and AJ Bernsdorff (a current student) led teams to the finals! You can watch their pitches below, and we’ll add updates on their projects as they become available.


AdRider, an easy to use platform for accessing digital advertising in physical spaces, pitched the idea of placing digital ad displays on the sides of Port Authority buses.

Captained by Logan Hammerschmitt ’16, the team featured eight other competitors, including Jordan Horst ’18 and Cameron Suorsa ’21.

The AdRider team was one of three winners in the competition, and plans to continue forward with the project.

Media Bud

Media Bud was built to solve two problems. Small businesses need to build their social media presence but can’t afford to pay someone full time, and those who currently find themselves unemployed are in need of a source of income. The platform allows small businesses to post tasks they need completed, and 1099 contractors can enter bids on them to earn the job.

This team was led by current sophomore entrepreneurship major AJ Bernsdorff.