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July 11, 2018



VDOT INVITES INNOVATORS TO SECOND HACKATHON AND IDEA JAM IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA
Competition planned for July 17 and 18 will reward data-driven concepts and solutions

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) invites developers, planners, futurists and data hackathon bannerenthusiasts to its second installment of the SmarterRoads Hackathon and Idea Jam Series set for Tuesday, July 17, and Wednesday, July 18, at 1776’s Crystal City Campus, at 2231 Crystal Drive, #1000, on the 10th floor, Arlington, Virginia, 22202.

Featuring VDOT’s open data sets and the SmarterRoads.com data portal, participants can submit concepts and solutions to help address Virginia’s greatest transportation needs. Winning teams in six categories will receive more than $2,500 in cash prizes, mentoring sessions and opportunities to present concepts at future workshops:

Hackathon: 1st Place: 

  • $1,000 cash prize 
  • Executive mentoring experience
  • Opportunity to pitch concept at a future workshop

Hackathon: 2nd Place: 

  • $500 cash prize 
  • Executive mentoring experience
  • Opportunity to pitch concept at a future workshop

Idea Jam: Resiliency: 

  • Cash prize or prize package valued at $250 or more

Idea Jam: Safety: 

  • Cash prize or prize package valued at $250 or more

Idea Jam: Vulnerable Road Users: 

  • Cash prize or prize package valued at $250 or more

People’s Choice: 

  • Cash prize or prize package valued at $250 or more
  • Opportunity to pitch concept at a future workshop

The first hackathon was held in Virginia Beach, where dozens of participants collaborated, developed and presented ideas on paving data, infrastructure inventory, and applications that reward driving distraction-free.

VDOT plans to hold two additional events in the state later this year.

For more information and to register for the event in Northern Virginia, visit https://nvite.com/SmarterRoadsVA/qo4x1v.

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