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The day started with one goal in mind, to develop the world’s best home coffee roasting kit. While it was certainly a lofty goal, the entries that we received definitely set us well on our way.

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The day started with a quick intro and explanation of the challenge from FirstBuild staff as well as representatives from Sunergos Coffee. Shortly thereafter, the teams formed and quickly began working so that they’d have something to show just a few hours later.

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Boasting names like “Cool Beans” and the “Roller Roasters”, creativity was certainly not in short supply and that creativity was on full display in some of the concepts that the teams came up with. One such concept actually used magnets to clip the roaster on to the back of the oven, to allow for efficient and even roasting.

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The nine hour event featured 10 teams; the University of Louisville, the University of Kentucky, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, GE Employees, and even students from Jeffersontown High School participated in the event. The event was also attended by several special guests, including Greg Fischer (the Mayor of Louisville), and Stephanie Santoso (Senior Advisor of Making at the White House).

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In the end, Cool Beans took home the top prize for their take on a home coffee roasting kit. While the work is far from done, for now they’ll get to enjoy their prize ($750). What may have been the most surprising outcome of the event was the Runner-Up prize being awarded to the team from Jeffersontown High School.

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Although the hackathon is over, it’s not too late to get involved. The end of the hackathon marked the beginning of the coffee roasting challenge. The challenge ends on October 25th so there is still plenty of time to get involved. By the way, the top prize is valued at over $7000!

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