Virtual Virginia Datathon: 10.07.2021 - 10.08.2021
Watch the Virtual Virginia Datathon opening kick-off and the recorded team presentations (including the winners!) on the Library of Virginia YouTube channel.
2021 Virginia Datathon Theme: Addressing Hunger Through 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.
Meet The 2021 Judges
Heidi Hertz serves as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry for Governor Northam. Prior to her appointment, Heidi held roles in the Office of the First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe, with the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, and for the Virginia Department of Health. Heidi leads Governor’s Office efforts to solve hunger in Virginia. She is passionate about making connections between agriculture and health and focuses much of her time on strategies linking food access and solutions to hunger. Heidi serves on the Board of Directors for Shalom Farms and is active on the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Board. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and a Master of Science degree from James Madison University. She is a native of Lunenburg County and lives in the Northside of Richmond with her family.
Sam Portillo is a Data Engineer for Ippon Technologies USA and a member of the first place team from the 2020 Virginia Datathon. He has hands-on experience with AWS and Azure across multiple data-intensive projects. Sam is also passionate about sharing tech knowledge and experiences through the meetup he organizes, RVA Data Engineering.
Eddie Oliver is the Executive Director of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks. Under his leadership, the seven regional food banks serving the Commonwealth work together to improve access to nutritious food for all Virginians. Prior to his start with the Federation in January 2018, Mr. Oliver served as the No Kid Hungry Virginia State Director, leading the statewide campaign to increase participation in federal child nutrition programs. His efforts led to an annual increase of 10 million school breakfasts and 2 million afterschool meals and snacks served to Virginia students. For the past six years, he has worked with a broad range of partners across the Commonwealth to build a better food system that works for everyone, and is continuing that mission by spearheading the collaborative priorities of Virginia’s food banks.
Terabyte Title Sponsor
2021 Participating Team Organizations
City of Norfolk
Deep Run High School
George Mason University
Kearney and Company
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
University of Richmond
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Department of Transportation
William and Mary
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 $750 Amazon gift card. Every team member on the 2nd place team received a $500 Amazon gift card and every team member on the 3rd place team received a $250 Amazon gift card.
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