Velocity X: Innovation Hackathon

December 01, 2023
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CSM Velocity Center, 4465 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head, MD 20640
Jeffrey Hunt, Business Management Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor, 301-934-7517,


Pitch your idea for an outdoor exhibit/installation/project at the Velocity Center that reflects the theme of "Innovation and Technology"—you could win up to $3,000 and see your idea put into action!


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To create an outdoor exhibit/installation/project that reflects the theme of "Innovation and Technology" and showcases CSM, the Velocity Center, Energetics Technology Center (ETC), and the local community's diversity and creativity.

The exhibit/installation/project should be engaging, inclusive, innovative, interactive, and educational for visitors of all ages and backgrounds. The exhibit/installation/project should create interest in and among the local residents and neighboring communities.


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Participants will work in teams of no more than four people to design an outdoor exhibit/installation/project that fits within the 40,000 sq. ft. space in front of the Velocity Center and stays within a $25,000 construction budget. The exhibit should be innovative, unique, sustainable, and accessible. The exhibit should also be able to withstand weather conditions typical for Indian Head and be safe for visitors. Initial proposals are due Monday, Nov. 27.


  • First place: $3,000 cash prize and greenlight on project construction
  • Second place: $2,000 cash prize
  • Third place: $1,000 cash prize

*Prize rewards are not associated with or part of the construction budget.

Guiding Questions

  • How can we make the exhibit fun, informative, and inspiring for visitors?
  • How can we apply sustainability and accessibility principles to our design to reduce environmental impact and increase inclusivity?
  • How can we use the outdoor space to promote innovation, the Velocity Center, CSM, and ETC to the Southern Maryland community?


Submission Requirements

  1. A detailed design proposal, including sketches, dimensions, materials, and budget.
  2. A PowerPoint or other appropriate presentation including an explanation of the target audience, objectives, tactics, materials, and budget.
  3. Compliance with the site regulations and guidelines to ensure that the exhibit does not compromise the safety, security, or integrity of ETC, the Town of Indian Head, the Velocity Center, or its visitors.
  4. Teams must submit their project title and a one paragraph summary no later than Monday, Nov. 27 to be eligible to participate in the event on Dec.1. Submissions should be emailed to

Following application submission, a live presentation of the exhibit project and its features will be requested at the Velocity Center in Indian Head, Maryland, where a panel of judges will evaluate the project. This can be in the format of a PowerPoint, diagram, or any sufficient visual. Dare to be creative.

Thank you to our partners and participants!

Congratulations to the Winners!

  • First Place - Amanda Dinello Scott
  • Second Place – Amir Beshir and Ali Beshir
  • Third Place – Theo Best

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By submitting a proposal for this challenge, the participants acknowledge and accept the following terms and conditions. The organizers reserve the right to reject any proposal that does not meet the submission requirements or that violates any applicable laws or regulations. The organizers also reserve the right to cancel or modify the challenge at any time without prior notice or liability. The participants agree to release and waive any claims against the organizers and their affiliates, agents, or representatives arising from or relating to their participation in this challenge.


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