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The Virginia Department of Transportation presents its fourth and final installment of the 2018 SmarterRoads Hackathon and Idea Jam series.

The two-day event will be held on Friday, September 28, through Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Germanna Community College's state of the art FredCAT facility.

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.

WEDNESDAY, September 26

4:00 pm - SmarterRoads Hackathon Overview Webinar - Click HERE to view the materials that were shared.

FRIDAY, September 28
9 - 10 a.m.  Check-in & Breakfast
10-11:15 a.m. Welcome & Event Kick-Off
11:15 a.m.-Noon  "Lightning Pitches"
Noon - 7 p.m.  Happy Coding! / Networking Time 

SATURDAY, September 29
9 a.m.  Check-in & Breakfast
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Happy Coding! / Networking Time
2 p.m.  Submissions Due!!!
2:15 - 2:30 p.m.  Welcome from the Judges
2:30 - 4 p.m.  Team Presentations to Judges
4:30 - 5 p.m.  Awards Ceremony and Event Wrap Up
5:00 p.m.   Networking Reception Begins 


Sponsorship opprotunities have pretty much wrapped up for this one.  Interested in becoming a sponsor of this event and/or the SmarterRoads Hackathon series? Contact Virginia Lingham at or 804-601-0104 to support the event or with any questions. 


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 SmaterRoads Hackathon, all participating members of your team need to read and agree to the Official Rules. Then, you must submit your Submission by providing:

  1. The name of the Submission
  2. A text description of the Submission and its features
  3. At least one image (screenshot) of the working Submission
  4. Participating team members (if applicable)
  5. A list of SmarterRoads and other data sets and/or APIs used in the Submission

In addition to the above, teams will have the option to submit the following to demonstrate their Submission:

  1. A link to a video posted on or that demonstrates the Submission’s functionality and features
  2. A website URL where the Submission can be accessed

All parts of the Submission must be entered at the same time on SmarterRoads Hackathon DevPost submission form. All Submissions must be received by no later than 2:00 p.m. on September 29, 2018.

Hackathon Sponsors


$2,500 in prizes

Hackathon: 1st Place

$1,000 Cash Prize and Exclusive Executive Mentoring Experience Opportunity to Pitch Concept at SmartCities Workshop

Hackathon: 2nd Place

$500 Cash Prize and Exclusive Executive Mentoring Experience Opportunity to Pitch Concept at SmartCities Workshop

Idea Jam: Congestion

$250 Cash Prize or Prize Package

Idea Jam: Resiliency

$250 Cash Prize or Prize Package

Idea Jam: Safety

$250 Cash Prize or Prize Package

People's Choice

$250 Cash Prize or Prize Package * Opportunity to Pitch Concept at SmartCities Workshop

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter


Space is limited and all participants (team members, mentors, observers, sponsors, etc.) must register to attend. 

Go to to register today!


David Ihrie

David Ihrie
Center for Innovative Technology

Cathy McGhee

Cathy McGhee
Virginia Transportation Research Council

Hap Connors

Hap Connors
Commonwealth Transportation Board

Diana Merkel

Diana Merkel
Germanna Community College

Matt Kelly

Matt Kelly
CIty of Fredericksburg

Judging Criteria

  • 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.

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