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Ken Pfeil

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you'll find information to help guide you through the next Virginia Datathon. Have a question and don’t see an answer? Contact  odga@odga.virginia.gov for more information.

Where is the event?

There will be a virtual event kickoff on Friday, April 12, 2024 where the teams will receive the datasets and have a chance to ask questions about the theme and what the judges will be looking for in the solutions. Then, on Friday, April 19, 2024 team participants and the judges are invited to The ACCA Shriners Center at 1712 Bellevue Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23227 for a full day event. When your team arrives, please come to the lobby and check in. 

Where can I park on April 19, 2024?

The ACCA Shriners venue provides parking for the event at the venue. 

Will food be provided on the day of the event?r

Absolutely! Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided.

Are we allowed to bring our own data?

Teams are allowed to bring their own open data as long as they provide the data to other participating teams. Sharing is caring.

How do we submit our solution?

Teams should record their presentations (maximum length is five minutes) and submit in .mp4 format by 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, April 18, 2023. Team presentations will be shared with everyone during the event on April 19, 2023 at which point the judges will be present to score and select winners.

Who can participate?

Anyone! Whether you are a student, state employee or community member, we invite you to participate. Some technical skills are needed, most participants have a background in data science, analytics, data engineering, etc. and familiarity with business intelligence tools.

How many people can be on a team?

Teams can have up have to six people but most teams have four to five participants. If you are on a team with less than 6 participants you may be asked to join another team.

Do I need to be available for the entire event?

You can use as much or as little time as you would like to create a solution with your team. Most teams use the entire week.

Who owns the rights to the solutions developed?

The event objective is for Commonwealth of Virginia agencies to work with the teams to utilize the solutions or models developed but the ownership of the intellectual property belongs to the team unless you are participating as a Commonwealth of Virginia employee or state agency, in which case the intellectual property belongs to the Commonwealth. Read more.

 

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