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VIA Metropolitan Transit to host 2nd Codeathon to spark innovation

VIA Metropolitan Transit will host its second GoCodeSA Codeathon this February, continuing an innovative challenge they began last year to engage innovators and entrepreneurs in San Antonio.  The 2018 VIA Codeathon will be held February 23-25 at Trinity University and will bring together the best coders, designers, and tech experts in the area and challenge them to turn bright transit ideas into potential transit innovation for our region. If you are interested in participating, please visit the Codeathon website, and register by February 2. Due to some glitches on the registration page which were recently fixed, everyone who registers will be entered into a drawing for two $100 Visa Gift Cards.

Last year, teams participating in the inaugural GoCodeSA event spent two days analyzing data sets to develop tech-based innovations for VIA programs and services. The first-place team was selected from more than 50 participants with an integration that allows users to utilize Amazon Echo and its Alexa Voice Service for trip-planning assistance, using next-bus arrival information at a specified stop.  Codeathon teams could work on any type of project, such as web apps, mobile apps, wearable solutions, data visualizations, algorithms, or visual mock-ups. Challenges, data sets, and other resources focused on public transportation.

The upcoming Codeathon is free for participants, who will be eligible for cash prizes based on their work. Judges will conduct reviews and select the top entries.

During 2016, your San Antonio Chamber released the Good to Great to Global report, which outlined various strategies and recommendations to take three of the community’s driver industries to a globally competitive position in the future.  Within the area of the report focused on cybersecurity, the task force recommendation strategies that would more effectively connect corporations and organizations with entrepreneurs and innovators with a goal of problem solving and developing new technologies.  VIA’s Codeathon is a great example of a San Antonio organization reaching out to the tech community, opening its data, and working together to solve problems.

For complete event details, head over to gocodesa.com.  For more information on your Chamber’s Cybersecurity Council, contact Will Garrett at wgarrett@sachamber.org or Amanda Keammerer at akeammerer@sachamber.org.

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