Hacking Climate Change: Southern Maryland’s Innovators Tackle Rising Sea Levels

The 2023 VelocityX Climate Innovation Hackathon, held from March 30-31, has now come to a close. The event centered around addressing the pressing concerns of climate change and rising sea levels in Southern Maryland, and featured two unique challenges: a data visualization challenge and a marketing strategy challenge. The hackathon was put on by The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) in partnership with Charles County Government

The two-day event featured local climate change leaders, including representatives from the Sierra Club Chapter of Maryland & Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative. Among the notable winning solutions was a data visualization tool to predict sea level rise, a website designed to assess the risk of sea level rise on properties, and an app that provides real-time community updates on flooding.

Congratulations to all the participants who contributed their innovative ideas and solutions toward addressing the crucial issue of climate change. A special shout-out to the 2023 VelocityX Climate Innovation Hackathon Winners:

Marketing Strategy Challenge

  • 1st Place – Team EcoAlert
  • 2nd Place -Team Climate Marketers 

Data Visualization Challenge

  • 1st Place – Team Climate Coders
  • 2nd Place- Surge Protector.py 
  • 3rd Place – Interactive Map
  • 3rd Place – Data Visualization Tools 

Ensemble, in partnership with Brightidea, is proud to have been a part of the design and execution of this event for the second year in a row. The hackathon has successfully brought together participants from across Southern Maryland, including students and community leaders, to tackle community-based problems. Thank you to all the participants, experts, and industry leaders who contributed their time and expertise towards making this event a success.

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