Smart City Works and Fairfax County Announce Pitch and Pilot: Pedestrian/Bike Safety Innovation Challenge
Registration now open for Innovation competition focused on engaging diverse teams to develop smart city solutions focused on pedestrian and bicycle safety.
Fairfax County, March 17, 2021 – Smart City Works and Fairfax County, with partner CIT, will host the Pitch and Pilot: Fairfax County Innovation Challenge, an innovation competition where teams create high-impact solutions to address bicycle and pedestrian safety. The goal of the Challenge is to find innovative solutions to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety in our increasingly multimodal transportation landscape. Registration is now open, and the competition will conclude on April 21.
The Challenge is open to all participants who are passionate about improving bicycle and pedestrian safety in our region, from college students to entrepreneurs and technologists, with a special focus on including women and people of color.
The winning team will be selected based on innovation, practicality, scalability, safety, and equity and inclusivity of their solution. A panel of smart city experts will serve as judges. The winning team will also have the valuable opportunity to do pilot projects with Fairfax County, Virginia’s largest county.
“We are excited to continue to build on our innovation ecosystem with the Fairfax County Innovation Challenge, which will uncover impactful, low-cost solutions can be implemented to improve safety and community health outcomes for all,” said Carola Mandelbaum, Executive Director of Smart City Works, Inc.
“Innovation lives in Fairfax County. This is an exciting opportunity for Fairfax to continue to leverage emerging technology to explore creative mobility solutions and to understand their impact in making the County safer place for pedestrians and bicyclists,” noted Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn, Chair of the Fairfax County Transportation Committee.
To learn more about the Challenge and to register, visit: https://www.smartcityworks.org/fairfax-innovation-challenge/
About Smart City Challenge Organizers
Smart City Works is a nonprofit organization focused on solving urban challenges through innovation that foster economic growth. We lead the Northern Virginia Smart Region Initiative, funded by the U.S. Dept of Commerce. Working with partners in government, universities, businesses, and nonprofits, the Smart Region Initiative’s goal is to help make Northern Virginia a hot spot for innovation and economic growth.
Fairfax County is Virginia’s largest county with 1.1 million residents and the home of eleven Fortune 500 companies make Fairfax the go-to for smart technology. Professional, scientific, and technical services account for 25 percent of employment in the county (four times the national average). And we are home to innovative startups, hundreds of companies from other countries, and a vibrant minority business community.
Contact: Carola Mandelbaum
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