A complex challenge,
millions of rows of data,
two days - what will you build?
October 7-8, 2021
The Virginia Datathon
In September 2014, the first Virginia Datathon was held and was a first of its kind among state governments across the country. Teams from different agencies across the state were challenged to create applications using state data to promote efficiency and transparency within state government. Several years later, the tradition continues as the Library of Virginia and Office of Data Governance and Analytics gear up for the next Virginia Datathon on October 7-8, 2021. The event continues bringing together state agencies and has expanded to include students, localities, non-profits, and the private sector to leverage technology and data to develop innovative solutions addressing complex problems.
2021 Theme: Addressing Hunger with Bits and Bytes
Food insecurity rates across the nation are rising and in 2018, there were nearly 850,000 food-insecure Virginians, a number that only increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. This timely theme serves to solve a challenge that affects our neighbors, friends, and fellow community members. On October 7-8, Virginia Datathon teams will work to develop data-driven solutions to address hunger in the Commonwealth by providing actionable insights into how a food system can fuel all Virginians.
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