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Germanna Community College’s Fredericksburg Center for Advanced Technology (FredCAT) hosted a VDOT SmarterRoads Hackathon event Friday, Sept. 28, and Saturday, Sept. 29. The event had teams of developers, students, planners, futurists and data enthusiasts working with SmarterRoads.com and VDOT data sets to innovate solutions and improvements for Virginia’s most pressing transportation needs. The winners were:

First Place:
Atizaz Ali and Ali Khan, EEvacPlan

 

Second Place:
Michael Boone, AV HotSpots


 

Teams discuss ideas at a table

Contestants gather to discuss their project ideas before the morning’s welcome session.

 

The two-day event is being held at Germanna Community College’s Fredericksburg Center for Advanced Technology in Central Park.

 

Commonwealth Transportation Board member Hap Connors, who represents the 14-county Fredericksburg District, welcomed attendees and encouraged them to tackle local transportation challenges.

A list of project ideas teams might be working on over this afternoon and Saturday.

 

After a welcome session and a round of lightning pitches to share ideas, teams are working with mentors this afternoon and evening to code.

 

 


 More photos from the event by Robert A. Martin

Marissa Marklevitz, a Program Administrative Specialist with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) at the welcome session.

 

Kechen Lin posts visual references to his group’s project.

 

University of Virginia computer science graduate students ready for their project presentation.

 

SmarterRoads Hackathon and Idea Jam Series judges (left to right) Matt Kelly (Fredericksburg City Councilman), Hap Connors regional transportation board member) and VDOT’s Cathy McGhee.

 

Transportation Engineer Michael Boone of HNTB Corporation of Arlington, Va.

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