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Bolts & Stantec to host Idea Hackathon addressing mobility in Tampa

Professionals, students and citizens will compete with their best ideas during the two-day event

by Press Release @TBLightning / TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning are partnering with global design firm Stantec to host Tampa's first Idea Hackathon designed to engage new technologies in building a better mobility future for the city. The event will be held on March 9 and 10 at AMALIE Arena with 100 students, academics, professionals, and citizens from the Tampa Bay Area.

Teams will come together to brainstorm their best ideas to address the Idea Hackathon's challenge statement: How do we leverage technology to define and design a new mobility future that ensures Tampa is a livable, equitable and resilient city?

The top five teams will present their ideas to a "Shark-Tank" style panel of judges, and the winning teams will be awarded prizes valued at a combined $5,000.

"New technologies like e-bikes and self-driving vehicles have the power to change the way we move through our communities," said Frank Domingo, Mobility Solutions Team Lead at Stantec. "We're at a critical point right now in understanding how to harness them to improve our quality of life. As we plan for the future of our community, the best place to look for great ideas is within the community itself."

The event will kick off at 11:30 a.m. on March 9 and will feature speakers and judges from the smart city, technology, policy and research, and construction industries. Mentors with expertise in smart cities, mobility, and community development will help guide teams to build the best ideas they can.

"The Tampa Bay Lightning believe that delivering a World Class+ experience is critical to our success and that experience extends outside of AMALIE Arena to the entire Tampa downtown area. Smart mobility is a key component towards achieving our ideal experience " said Andrew McIntyre, the Lightning's Senior Vice President of Technology and Innovation. "I am excited to review the concepts generated from the teams of the Idea Hackathon and see how they can be incorporated into our plans moving forward". 

This will be the second Idea Hackathon that Stantec has hosted, the first of which was held in Toronto at the headquarters of The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper. An Idea Book published after the event compiled each team's ideas on how to make Toronto more livable, equitable, and resilient.

Stantec is a global leader in smart mobility and has engaged in numerous smart mobility projects around North America, including the City of Tampa's curbside management strategy, Sidewalk Labs' Master Innovation Development Plan in Toronto, Tulsa's Mobility Innovation Strategy, and Montreal's autonomous electric shuttle pilot project.

For more information on the Idea Hackathon, visit: www.stantecideahack.com.

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