Virtual Virginia Datathon: 10.01.2020 - 10.02.2020
Watch the Virtual Virginia Datathon opening kick-off and the recorded team presentations (including the winners!) on the Library of Virginia YouTube channel.
2020 Virginia Datathon Theme
The theme for the 2020 Virginia Datathon was Communities and COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic delivered unique and unprecedented challenges for many. The impact of the crisis was felt across communities in different ways and has affected employment, education, health, business, and more. This far-reaching theme served to explore the multi-faceted effect of COVID-19 and contrasting community experiences along with what solutions might mitigate the impact of another crisis and ultimately aid Virginia's recovery.
Meet The 2020 Judges
Vida Williams is the Chief Diversity Officer and Advanced Analytics Solutions Lead at SingleStone and utilizes her experience as a data scientist to drive social and economic change in communities. Recently her endeavors as an adjunct professor at VCU’s da Vinci center has led her to be named the school’s first ever “Innovator in Residence.” Vida remains active in her community through board memberships with Code VA, Podium and Virginia Union University’s (VUU) Center for Undergraduate Research.
David Der is currently CEO of Forestry Machine Learning and is focused on delivering solutions in this space to customers across industries. He is an experienced consultant and entrepreneur, having successfully exited his last company with an acquisition by Capital One where he spent two years as a director in the Center for Machine Learning.
Chandra Briggman is President and CEO of Activation Capital, a leading innovation ecosystem development organization providing social, knowledge, and financial capital to tech clusters across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Before being named the CEO in May 2020, Chandra was Director of Venture Café Foundation located in Cambridge, MA, and was responsible for the strategy and operations of the global network’s flagship Venture Café Cambridge innovation hub.
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Awards and Prizes
The judges for the Virtual Virginia Datathon awarded prizes to the top team submissions. Every team member on the 1st place team received a $500 Amazon gift card. Every team member on the 2nd place team received a $300 Amazon gift card and every team member on the 3rd place team received a $150 Amazon gift card.
2020 Participating Team Organizations
Briarwoods High School
City of Norfolk
College of William & Mary
Deep Run High School
Harrisonburg City Public Schools
Kearney and Company
Old Dominion University
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
Tracks and Roots, LLC
University of Maryland
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Department of Transportation
Virginia State University