Pitch and Play: Arlington Innovation Challenge

Smart Arlington:                 

Post-COVID Economic Recovery

In partnership with Arlington Economic Development, Smart City Works will hold a regionally-focused Pitch and Play to find the best public safety solutions that will support Arlington County’s economy by allowing a safe return to work and school. 

Eight technology startups from around the world will present their cutting-edge solutions to municipal post-COVID public safety challenges to an audience of Arlington government officials and other public safety, innovation, and community stakeholders from around the region. The event will take place virtually on November 10, 2020. 

More than $1,500 in prize money will go to the winners as determined by the judges of the pitch competition.  


Join us to hear from ground-breaking companies who have developed new capabilities for enabling businesses to get back to work, and are helping to speed regional economic recovery.

They include, among others, technologies that

  • manage delivery of official public health COVID results and patient monitoring
  • control and/ or filter in-building air to reduce transmissions
  • provide in-building or on-campus close-contact tracing and alerting
  • enable pathogen detection in restaurants and the food industry


David Herlihy 
Arlington County

Dave Ritchie
JBG Smith


Lisa Brown 
Johnson Controls

Ryan Lopez 
Cushman &Wakefield

David Ihrie 
Center for Innovative Technology (CIT)

Anne Ellis 
Charles Pankow Foundation

Challenge Details

Date: November 10, 2020
Time: 1-3pm
Where: Virtually
Who: ANC Sensors, Inc., Aura Air, Polka Dot Sky Software, Senseware, Sonarax, Urecsys 

+ $1,500 in prizes


Kickoff and Welcome (1:05pm-1:10pm):   

Carola Mandelbaum, Executive Director, Smart City Works 

Robert Mazer, Board member and Cofounder Smart City Works

Telly Tucker, Director of Arlington Economic Development

Panel Discussion and Q&A (1:10pm-1:40pm): 

David Herlihy – Division Chief, Digital Experience and Innovation, Arlington County

Dave Ritchey – Executive Vice President, JBG Smith

Company Pitches: Public Safety Solutions for for a Post-COVID Economic Recovery (1:40pm-2:40pm)

Judges Deliberation (2:40pm-2:50pm)

Awards and Close-Out (2:50pm-3pm)