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Aug. 6, 2018



VDOT INVITES INNOVATORS TO HACKATHON AND IDEA JAM IN ROANOKE
Competition planned for August 17 and 18 will reward data-driven concepts and solutions

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A team of innovators prepare for their final presentation at a recent hackathon event

ROANOKE, Virginia. – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), in partnership with the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission and the Center for Innovative Technology, invites developers, planners, futurists and data enthusiasts to the third installment of the SmarterRoads Hackathon and Idea Jam Series set for Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18 at CoLab Roanoke, located at 1327 Grandin Road SW, Roanoke, Virginia 24015.

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.

“Data and technology are changing how we do business,” said VDOT Chief Deputy Commissioner Rob Cary. “These hackathons are opportunities for innovators to unleash VDOT’s vast amounts of data to provide new and innovative solutions in transportation.”

Winning teams in six categories will receive cash prizes, mentoring sessions and opportunities to present concepts at future workshops:

  • Hackathon: First Place: 

    • Cash prize 
    • Executive mentoring experience
    • Opportunity to pitch concept at a future workshop

  • Hackathon: Second Place: 

    • Cash prize 
    • Executive mentoring experience
    • Opportunity to pitch concept at a future workshop

  • Idea Jam: Resiliency: 

    • Cash prize or prize package

  • Idea Jam: Safety:
     
    • Cash prize or prize package

  • Idea Jam: Vulnerable Road Users: 

    • Cash prize or prize package

  • People’s Choice: 

    • Cash prize or prize package
    • Opportunity to pitch concept at a future workshop

 

VDOT plans to hold a similar event in the Fredericksburg region later this year.

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