Events: Give a gigabit of your love (and creativity) to DC


Image from DC’s first Funk Parade by Ted Eytan licensed under Creative Commons.

DC's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) has just launched a public app development challenge focusing on city mobility and the environment called GigabitDCx. They are looking for “idea people,” regardless of technical skills or connections – that means you! The awardee will recieve $34,000. Attend the kickoff on Saturday October 13 at 10:30 am to learn about the challenge, sign up, form teams, and tour WeWork Labs (80 M St SE).

Don't forget GGWash's sustainable commute panel:

Join us on Thursday, October 11 at 6 pm at the WeWork K Street (1875 K Street NW) to hear a panel of experts including District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Jeff Marootian discuss how DC can achieve the exciting goal of increasing the city's walking, biking, and scooting mode share to 25%! Panelists include Hannah Neagle, Washington Area Bicycle Association's (WABA) Vision Zero Community Organizer, and Mysiki Valentine, Candidate for ANC 7D04. Tickets are $10.

Other events from around the region:

Tuesday, October 9

Hear more about clean energy in DC: The DC Council's Committee on Transportation and the Environment will hold a hearing on the Clean Energy DC Act at 11 am in the Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW). The bill includes 100% clean electricity, new building energy efficiency standards, and more that you can read all about here (as well as in GGWash's previous coverage).

Sit down at the green business roundtable: Find out how one company is balancing growth, efficiency, and environmental stewardship through innovation in e-commerce. Join this month's discussion at 11:30 am in the Offices of Green America (1612 K Street NW, Suite 600), where Tom Madrecki (Director of Urban Innovation and Mobility at UPS) will share how UPS is utilizing alternative fuels and other advanced technologies, reducing the company's carbon footprint, and working with cities to improve quality of life.

Catch up to Bethesda bikeways: There is a lot changing in and around downtown Bethesda, especially for those who commute by bicycle or on foot. Montgomery County Parks and Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) are teaming up for two presentations on several projects starting at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (4301 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD).

You'll hear about the design for the remaining Capital Crescent Surface Trail (CCST), which will improve the trail and create separated bike lanes along Woodmont Avenue, Montgomery Lane, Montgomery Avenue, Pearl Street, and Cheltenham Drive. You'll also hear about “concept alternatives” for the Capital Crescent Trail crossing at Little Falls Parkway to make it safer for all users. Learn more about the meeting here.

Thursday, October 11

Cycle around Shirlington: Join the Washington Area Bicycle Association (WABA) for their Secrets of Shirlington ride, where they'll open your eyes to a whole new side of one of Arlington's signature neighborhoods. Sign up here and meet your fellow riders at the Virginia Square Metro station (Fairfax Drive and Monroe Street, Arlington, VA) at 6:30 pm.

And don't forget about GGWash's sustainable commute panel! It's at 6 pm at the WeWork K Street (1875 K Street NW).

Saturday, October 13

Check out DC's newest museum: From 10 am to 5 pm in the 400 block of E Street NW, enjoy a fun-filled day as the doors open to the new National Law Enforcement Museum. There will be live entertainment outdoors, a photobooth, forensics demonstrations, finger printing, caricature artists, face painting and more. Timed entry tickets will be required to enter the Museum. Get more information here.

Check out more urbanist events at ggwash.org/calendar. Do you have an event you'd like to see featured in the weekly events post? Submit it here.

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