HATCH Winners Named; HudsonAlpha, Urban Engine Host Tech Challenge

Dozens of high schoolers, college students and professionals participated in HATCH, hosted by The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and Huntsville Nonprofit Urban Engine this past weekend.

Multiple students and professionals hacked their way into some extra cash this weekend, after competing in HudsonAlpha’s Tech Challenge. The goal of HATCH was to inspire creativity through collaboration, with $5,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.

Professional and College winners:

First place: PGX Insight ($2,000)

Doug Casey, Katie Ostrouchov and Jake Carter

Second place: Plants on the Run ($1,000)

Grant Ingram

Third place: TreMap ($500)

Chad Etheredge, Ben Etheredge and Morgan Burcham

Highschool Winners:

Your FHIR ($1,000)

William Mitchell, Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering

Sirisha Chennupati, St. John Paul II Catholic High School

Spirit Awards:

Grant Ingram

GNOME: Ethan R, Eoin and Mia

The event was sponsored by Crossflow Technologies, Inc., Sangoma Technologies and Women in Defense. We’d like to thank them for helping us invest in the next generation of the bioscience workforce in Alabama.

We have photos from the event and pictures of the winners here

About HudsonAlpha

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a nonprofit institute dedicated to developing and applying scientific advances to health, agriculture, learning, and commercialization. The HudsonAlpha biotechnology campus consists of 152 acres nestled within Cummings Research Park, the nation’s second largest research park. The state-of-the-art facilities co-locate nonprofit scientific researchers with entrepreneurs and educators. HudsonAlpha is a national and international leader in genetics and genomics research and biotech education and fosters more than 45 diverse biotech companies on campus. To learn more about HudsonAlpha, visit

About Urban Engine

Urban Engine propels the growth of Alabama’s economy by connecting aspiring entrepreneurs and established business leadership to educational resources, talent and community. Urban Engine contributes heavily to Alabama’s innovation ecosystem by cultivating a dynamic workforce, professional development through creative autonomy, and the entrepreneurial gumption to launch and build thriving businesses. Founded in 2015 through its various programs and events, Urban Engine activates is mission by offering over 150 free innovation education events annually, including CoWorking Night, 32/10 and OpenHuntsville that focus on high-growth technology startups, professional workforce development, and innovation competitions. Urban Engine is a registered, IRS Designated 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

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