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Winners chosen in WNY Civic Hackathon event

Would you like to know where local snowplows are during a big storm?

Or what the air is like in a particular place?

Those ideas were among the winners singled out at a Buffalo-flavored hacking event that took place Friday at the University at Buffalo North Campus in which cash awards were given to three projects.

The Western New York Civic Hackathon event is designed to challenge those in a variety of computer fields.

The session marked the end of a competition that started two weeks ago and featured six projects, a spokesman said.

The top prize of $2,000 went to a project focused on air quality, in which people can see and offer input on how the quality of the atmosphere is in a given place.

The creator of the winning project was John O’Brien of Buffalo.

Runners-up, who also got cash prizes, were:

• A project that would allow users such as those in agriculture to donate food they can’t use. Gregory and Mary Everhart, from Kenmore, won $1,000 for the app.

• A snow-related project that would show where local plows are, at any given moment, as well as which roads are open. It was developed by Jesse Thomson of Buffalo, who won $500.

The event was a first for the area, said Benjamin Roberts, a spokesman for AT&T, which was involved in producing the local technology event.