The event is an effort by state officials to promote transparent, efficient government.
Students from Deep Run High School’s Center for Information Technology won the Virtual Challenge category in the Virginia 2015 Datathon Challenge. The new statewide technology competition involves teams of students, government employees and regional computer coding groups. The Deep Run students worked on their entry over the summer, and were declared category winners Sept. 3.
The contest is the brainchild of state officials, and is an attempt to make Virginia’s government more efficient, transparent and responsive by making better use of data. Participants create apps and other technology tools and compete in one of four categories: Universities; Virtual; State and Local Government; and Community. In the Governor’s Commonwealth Cup, a competition pitting the Datathon category winners, the Deep Run “Data Wizards” won the People’s Choice Award and received a standing ovation.
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