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Inventors Solve Problems, Win Prizes at CSM’s First VelocityX Hackathon

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Velocity Center recently challenged area scientists, inventors, and STEM students to solve real world problems in the center’s first-ever VelocityX Community Innovation Hackathon. Six teams vied for cash prizes from a $12,000 pool by working together to solve problems faced by CSM, the Town of Indian Head, and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division (NSWC IHD). For CSM’s Tech Eval Challenge, the issue required participants to address decision-making and transparency in addressing software and technology requests. The Town of Indian Head presented a Cost Coordination Challenge in search of a way to evaluate vendor contracts for price, schedule and performance to maximize the town’s limited resources. And NSWC IHD asked attendees to solve their Range Testing Analytics Challenge to help them better record and organize the massive amounts of data generated by their tests. “We planned this event to bring the community together and around issues we face and bring the best and the brightest to address these challenges,” said Ellen Flowers-Fields, CSM’s associate vice-president for continuing education and workforce development, in welcoming attendees to the event. “Our goal is to support and help you as you move through addressing those challenges.” […]

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