SmarterRoads Hackathon: Roanoke

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SmarterRoads Hackathon: Roanoke

The Virginia Department of Transportation presents its next installment of the SmarterRoads Hackathon and Idea Jam series.

The two-day event will be held on Friday, August 17, through Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Roanoke’s premier working space, CoLab!

We are seeking to attract a diverse group of developers, planners, futurists, big data lovers and problem solvers to help address Virginia’s greatest transportation needs through the use of open data sets, including VDOT’s SmarterRoads data portal. Your expertise is the key.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the winning submissions in six distinct categories.


Interested in becoming a sponsor of this event and/or the SmarterRoads Hackathon series? Let’s talk! Click here for detailed information re: sponsorship opportunities.


We are looking for hackers, idea jammers, mentors and even those simply interested in checking things out and learning about big data, to join our event. If you plan to attend, please register!

To be considered for a prize you must be registered as a hacker/idea jammer and be 18 years old or over. Participants under 18 will be allowed to participate with teacher and parent consent. At least one team member must be present for the kick-off event and presentations. In-person team participation is strongly encouraged. Each team member must register for the event. Prizes are expected to be split fairly among team members.

Participants must agree to the official rules, including posting their submission on DevPost and signing up for an account at the SmarterRoads Data Portal (


To create a valid Submission you will need to create a working proof of concept or prototype of a software application or a data visualization that uses, or illustrates use of, at least one feed from the SmarterRoads Data Portal.

Submissions must ONLY include data identified in the Data Discovery Document for the event. Participants must use legally licensed tools, preferably open source tools, to develop their submission. During the SmarterRoads Hackathon, all participating members of your team need to read, agree to, and follow the Official Rules.


Technical Achievement: Provides convincing rationale for why this unique approach has the potential to work. Offers new and creative technology or process innovation solution.

Originality: Developed a project that is unique, does not look like the others. Shows creativity that works, it is not just novel, but exciting and fresh.

Impact: Demonstrates potential for widespread impact. Shows innovation is addressing the challenges identified or a clear need identified by the team. Feasible to partner with organizations to disseminate technology/process. High success for implementation.

Approach: Brings cross-disciplinary expertise in technology approach, process development, business processes, and/or implementation approach. Uses a diverse set of data in visualization and/or application.

Polish and Presentation: Demonstrates a refined concept that is easy to understand. Offers a clear and convincing presentation.


Hackathon: 1st Place: Cash Prize Exclusive Executive Mentoring Experience Opportunity to Pitch Concept at SmartCities Workshop

Hackathon: 2nd Place: Cash Prize Exclusive Executive Mentoring Experience Opportunity to Pitch Concept at SmartCities 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 SmartCities Workshop

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