Toward a smart Tampa

March 9 - 10, 2020


Say “smart cities” and most people think technology—sensors, networks, big data, the internet of things. At Stantec, we think people. We see how smart mobility, utilities, buildings, and public spaces can improve city life and we believe the smartest cities are designed with community in mind.

The Stantec Idea Hackathon is a two-day forum where smart city industry professionals and students can share ideas, build relationships, and deliver potential solutions that are relevant and meaningful for the citizens of Tampa. We’re inviting a diverse range of experts who can balance vision and imagination with practicality and rigor to contribute to challenging discussions on the intersection between technology and humanity in city building.

Alongside stunning views of the Tampa downtown waterfront district, up to 100 participants will work in diverse teams of three to five individuals to address the following 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?

Communities across the globe are exploring the relationship between technology, data and humanity as it relates to our urban future. We see mobility as a system focused on connecting people and communities. Our goal is to consider a new era of mobility ensuring safety, resilience, and equity. Specific areas of opportunity could include but not limited to: multi-modal options (micro-mobility, micro-transit, etc), parking, curbside management and privacy.

Teams will compete for a prize package valued at $5,000, and the top two, prize-winning teams will be chosen by a panel of judges.


Nancy MacDonald

Vice President, Urban Places

Vik Bhide

City of Tampa
Director, Transportation and Stormwater Services

Andrew McIntyre

Tampa Bay Lightning
Senior Vice President, Technology and Innovation

Jason Schrieber

Senior Principal, Urban Places

Brian Kornfeld

President and Founder


Registration & Lunch


Keynote Presentation and Info Sessions

Team Formation/Confirmation

Hacking Begins


Mentor Check-in

Venue Closes

Day 2 Kick-off

Hacking Continues


Hacking Continues

Submission & Expo Setup

Expo Judging


Finale Presentations

Finale Judges Deliberation

Awards & Celebrations

Event Ends


To register, please follow the link below



There are two judging phases to ensure the best ideas rise to the top. In both phases, participants will have five minutes to pitch and a three-minute Q&A with judges. Both phases will be evaluated using the same judging criteria.


The expo is the first round of judging for the teams. The expo will mimic a science fair where teams present their solutions simultaneously to a number of judges. All teams will have five minutes to pitch their solution and three minutes for Q&A with the judges. Multiple judges will see each team and evaluate their pitch using a set judging criteria.


The top five teams from the expo will move on to a Shark Tank-style finale. These top five teams will be called up from the crowd live to present on stage to a panel of judges who will decide on first and second place. The winning teams will be awarded prizes valued at a combined $5,000!

Mentors & Judges

More Coming Soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • We encourage students and professionals interested in design/planning, technology, real estate, development, academia, or public policy to register. The hackathon is open to those 18 and over.

  • If you already have team members in mind, you can find their profiles once they have registered on the platform and add them to your team before the hackathon. You will also automatically be added to the Idea Hackathon Slack group, which you can use to find teammates.

    If you do not already have team members in mind, there will be time at the beginning of the event to find other participants to team up with.

  • Don’t worry! We’ve set aside some time at the start of Day 1 to allow participants to find team members. The Hackworks team will also be there to facilitate this process. Please arrive on time so you can take advantage of this opportunity.

  • Teams should have between three and five participants.

  • Bring any devices that you’ll need for brainstorming and building your proposal such as your laptop. We’ll provide WIFI, electrical connection, sticky notes, whiteboards, markers, and delicious food and drinks.

  • No, the venue will close at 10:00pm on Day 1, but don’t worry! You can still continue to work on your hackathon proposal at your team’s discretion. We suggest teams find a nearby coffee shop or restaurant to keep the conversation and creativity flowing!

  • The teams will compete for a prize package valued at $5,000, and the top two, prize-winning teams in will be chosen by a panel of judges. Prizes will include cash and the potential internship opportunities.

  • In the spirit of making Tampa communities stronger and more resilient we see the output of the hackathon being of value to the public for collaboration and inspiration. All submissions at the end of the hackathon will be compiled in the Stantec Idea Book – a digital catalog publicly sharing the ideas born from the hackathon’s collective brainstorming, with credit given to the ideas’ creators. Our hope is to inspire community stakeholders to continue to build and realize participant ideas and only grow the conversation even further outside the walls of the hackathon.

  • Yes! Hackathons are a great opportunity to have fun, network and apply your skills in a new way.

Event Location


Home to the Tampa Bay Lightning, AMALIE ARENA is a state-of-the-art multi-purpose, sports/entertainment venue located in downtown Tampa between The Florida Aquarium and the Tampa Convention Center.