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Though members of the Forbes Under 30 community won’t be able to physically convene in Detroit this year, they did gather remotely last weekend for Forbes’ first-ever virtual hackathon. The event kicked off a monthlong initiative, the Forbes Under 30 Detroit Hackathon: Accelerating Change, in partnership with the City of Detroit, Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans and Major League Hacking.
The hackathon focused on creating more equitable and sustainable supply chains in Detroit across four categories: plastic waste, food deserts, auto manufacturing and healthcare. After two days of intensive research, the recycling team landed on a novel concept: turning plastic refuse into “bricks” that could be used to construct new homes, playgrounds and roads.