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by Fatimah Waseem November 10, 2017 at 2:45 pm 6 Comments

Entrepreneurs, technology companies and students are invited to tackle one of the county’s most pressing challenges on November: historically gridlocked transportation.

The county and the Virginia Department of Transportation are partnering to present the Transportation and Mobility Hackathon on Nov. 16 and 17 at the Refraction in Reston. Registration ends on Monday at 5 p.m. Space is limited and the event begins at 10:30.

Participants will have the opportunity to pitch projects for future collaborations with public and private partners. Cash prizes for ideas range between $1,500 and $3,000. The hackathon is designed to open doors for creative, new technologies that will relieve congestion, boost safety and improve mobility especially for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

In a statement, the county indicated the event is intended to “spur the development of innovative new technologies and grow and diversify our economy.”

The event is sponsored by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, George Mason University, 1776, Virginia Tech and Refraction.

Email Eta Davis for more information.

 

by Fatimah Waseem October 25, 2017 at 11:30 am 3 Comments

The Washington West Film Festival launches today in Reston with a free screening of Deep — Mare Nostrum at Refraction (11911 Freedom Dr.) at 5 p.m.

The movie follows the story of Sofia, who trains to dive after her twin brother dies in a diving championship. The young diver attempts to avenge her brother’s honor after media reports suggested he died due to his own negligence.

This year’s festival will run through Saturday. The complete schedule of screenings, discussions with filmmakers and other events in the area is online

The festival showcases new films from around the world and brings filmmakers and actors for conversation to Reston. All net box office proceeds help address issues like hunger, illness and limited organization, according to the festival’s website.

Photo via Washington West Film Festival

by Karen Goff March 25, 2014 at 9:30 am 1 Comment

11911 Freedom Drive

There is a new place in town for big thinkers, startups and other creative communities.

Refraction, a 12,000-square-foot co-working space at Reston Town Center hopes to attract new companies and inspire innovation.

Refraction was launched by James Quigley, CEO of  Reston-based mobile startup Canvas, and Rachael Stott, co-founder of The Dandelion Support Network and a former Canvas “Ante Up” award winner honoring nonprofits.

Canvas had been operating a co-working space in its previous Reston location across Reston Parkway. That location helped served as a launchpad for several successful area startups, many of whom have moved into the new space along with Canvas, says Quigley.

“The Greater Washington region already boasts sufficient co-working locations for early-stage tech startups and young entrepreneurs looking to hatch ideas and companies,” Quigley said in a press release. “As evidenced by our diverse group of initial tenants, Refraction is focused on startups and organizations from the vibrant tech, nonprofit and artist communities in Northern Virginia that are past the ideation stage and looking to scale.”

Refraction Reston, located at 11911 Freedom Dr., Suite 850, expects to eventually house 20-30 organizations. Some of the tenants already signed include Intellinote, the Washington West Film Festival, App TappTidWiT; and Right Source Marketing.

Entrepreneurs and organizations interested in locating at Refraction can secure offices and desks on an ongoing, monthly or daily basis.  

The space will also have a launch party on Wednesday, April 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. To RSVP: https://nvite.com/refractionlaunch/party.

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