- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Teams of thinkers, designers and others are gathering in Louisville to try to come up with a system for roasting fresh coffee at home.

Participants will compete to build the best system during the all-day “Hackathon” on Friday at GE’s FirstBuild’s microfactory. Students from Jeffersontown High School, Jefferson Community and Technical College, the University of Louisville and Purdue University are among those expected.

A panel of judges will award $1,250 for the best ideas, and all entries are eligible to enter a design competition.

Organizers say FirstBuild microfactory uses small-batch production to create appliance innovation faster and with less risk than traditional manufacturing.

Stephanie Santoso, an adviser in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, is the keynote speaker for the event.

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