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Sept. 12, 2018



VDOT INVITES INNOVATORS TO HACKATHON AND IDEA JAM IN FREDERICKSBURG
Competition planned for September 28 and 29 will offer prizes for teams that create concepts and solutions using VDOT highway, safety, and traffic data from SmarterRoads.com

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) invites developers, students, planners, futurists and data enthusiasts to its fourth installment of the SmarterRoads Hackathon and Idea Jam Series on Friday, Sept. 28, and Saturday, Sept. 29, at Germanna Community College’s Fredericksburg Center for Advanced Technology (FredCAT).

“Embracing innovation has helped the Commonwealth create a world-class, multimodal transportation system that serves as the platform for Virginia’s economy,” said Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine. “It has been inspiring to watch hackathon teams across Virginia invent new ways to address transportation challenges.”

Using 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 will receive cash prizes, mentoring sessions, and opportunities to present concepts at future workshops.

“Everywhere I go, people share ideas with me for apps, software, and mapping tools to make travel in Virginia safer, smarter, and more efficient,” said Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) Fredericksburg District representative Henry “Hap” Connors, Jr., who chairs the board’s subcommittee on innovation and technology. “This is an opportunity for people passionate about transportation to show us how existing data can be applied to create better tools for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Ideas generated through the Hackathon can also launch opportunities for entrepreneurs to build future companies and create jobs in their communities.”

Team must register in advance to participate. Interested participants can find more information and registration forms online at https://nvite.com/SmarterRoadsVA/dr77lv. Teams with participants under age 18 are welcome, but these contestants must have a signed parental or guardian consent form.

The Hackathon will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, at FredCAT at 1325 Central Park Boulevard in Fredericksburg.

After an initial introduction to the SmarterRoads.com data portal, and description of the contest rules, team will have dedicated time on Friday and Saturday for coding and idea development.

The event culminates with team presentations in the afternoon of the second day to a panel of judges who select the winners. Judges include representatives from local sponsors and partners, including the Germanna Community College Educational Foundation and the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT).

VDOT has previously held Hackathons and Idea Jams in Virginia Beach, Northern Virginia (Arlington), and Roanoke. A fifth hackathon is planned for the Hampton Roads area in fall 2018.

For more information on VDOT Hackathons, watch the online hackathon 101 video on VDOT’s YouTube channel.

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