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VA - Norfolk-based RISE Resilience Innovations is challenging dev teams to build urban mobility apps

The RISE Urban Mobility Challenge is calling on software developers to create tech solutions for automated traffic flooding information in the coastal Virginia region.

Norfolk, Virginia-based RISE Resilience Innovations, an economic development nonprofit, is hosting the RISE Urban Mobility Challenge for software developers to create tech solutions for automated traffic and flooding information. For the challenge, teams must create a mobile app that provides drivers with real-time flooding and rerouting information. Road data must be accessible and relevant to private drivers, commercial vehicles, emergency vehicles and public transportation, per the challenge rules.

Dr. Paul Robinson, executive director of RISE, told Technical.ly that there will be five finalists selected to receive $30,000 each to begin app development. A winner will be chosen from those five, and the winning team will receive an additional $300,000 for implementation of the app.

Due to the spread of COVID-19, RISE has extended the application deadline from April 1 to June 1. Those interested in applying can catch a webinar on the challenge on March 23 as well as preview the application form online. To access the digital app, email katerinaoskarsson@riseresilience.org.

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