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

The two-day event will be held on Friday, April 27, through Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 1701, the first co-working space in Virginia Beach. Located in the ViBe District, 1701 is home to individual freelancers, startups, artists and remote employees.

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 issues through the use of open data sets, including VDOT's SmarterRoads data portal. Your expertise is the key.


4:00 p.m. - Webinar: Event Overview and Q&A

FRIDAY, April 27
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! 

SATURDAY, April 28
8:30 - 9 a.m.  Check-in & Breakfast
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Happy Coding! 
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 


We are looking for hackers, idea jammers, mentors and even folks simply interested in checking things out, to join our event.

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 particpate with teacher and parent consent. At least one team member must be present for the kick-off event and presentations. In-person team participation at 1701 is strongly encouraged. Each team member must register for the event.  Prizes are expected to be split fairly among team members.

Participants must sign up for an account at the SmarterRoads Data Portal ( and agree to the terms of the site.


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 April 28, 2018.

Hackathon Sponsors


$2,500 in prizes

Hackathon: 1st Place

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

Hackathon: 2nd Place

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

Idea Jam: Safety

* Cash Prize or Prize Package Valued at $250 or greater.

Idea Jam: Resiliency

* Cash Prize or Prize Package Valued at $250 or greater.

Idea Jam: Vulnerable Road Users

* Cash Prize or Prize Package Valued at $250 or greater.

People's Choice

* Cash Prize or Prize Package Valued at $250 or greater.

* Whose submission is most popular?
Votes will be collected during the event on DevPost.

* 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!


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opprotunites for this event are now closed. Interested in becoming a sponsor for remaining events of the SmarterRoads Hackathon series or have something else in mind? Let's talk!

Contact Virginia Lingham at to support the event, the series, or with any questions. 



David Ihrie

David Ihrie
Chief Technology Officer, Center for Innovative Technology

Tara Reel

Tara Reel
Transportation and Transit Planner, City of Virginia Beach

Murali Rao

Murali Rao
Chief Information Officer, Virginia Department of Transportation

Lisa DeNoia

Lisa DeNoia
Owner and Technology Consultant, 1701 - Virginia Beach Coworking

Mecit Cetin

Mecit Cetin
Professor and Director, Transportation Research Institute at Old Dominion University

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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