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Ken Pfeil


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.

The purpose of the Datathon was to explore and identify open data assets supporting solutions that deliver outcomes positively impacting communities across the Commonwealth. The Virginia Datathon didn't end on October was just getting started! The first, second, and third place teams received AWS WorkSpaces credits to continue building their solutions.

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

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

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

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.

2020 Sponsors

Terabyte Title Sponsor



Gigabyte Sponsors




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SWaM Sponsors

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

American University
Briarwoods High School
Capital One
City of Norfolk
Clemson University
College of William & Mary
Deep Run High School
DePaul University
Ellis Analytics
Flying Phase
General Assembly
Harrisonburg City Public Schools
Impact Makers
Ippon Technologies
Kearney and Company
Noblis, Inc.
Novare Technologies
Old Dominion University
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
Tracks and Roots, LLC
Truist Financial
University of Maryland
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Department of Transportation
Virginia State University
Virginia Tech

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