Who says nobody ever gets things done in our nation's capitol. In just a little more than 24 hours eight impressive pieces of technology were pitched, developed, and demonstrated on stage at a live comedy event. Now unlike in politics where there exist countless people who have the job of slowing or jamming the mechanics of progress, CHD DC ran all the more smoothly due to the incredible event organizers who pulled it all together. Their names and faces are below, and we at Cultivated Wit happily throw our support behind their big campaign called life. 

Congrats DC and see you in 2016!

Grand Prize Winner





CHD Washington, DC is organized independently—with a little bit of guidance from us—by the bright, mostly smiling faces you see below (and also the rest of their non-face parts). 


Kelli Herod

Ross Nover

Terry Biddle

Isaiah Headen


Shoa Appelman



Allyson Jaffe

Allyson Jaffe started waiting tables at The DC Improv Comedy Club in 1998, while still a student at American University. She never left. Allyson worked her way up to a management position, as well as co-owner of the company in 2002. In 2003, she started The DC Improv Comedy School, which has become home to thousands of people looking to explore their creative sides. She is a comedy enthusiast and loves to laugh. @dcimprov_school

Bryce Rudow

Bryce Rudow is the Editor-in-Chief of Random Nerds, a website dedicated to saving the world from clickbait. He's a proud DC native who believes in the power of the human spirit and the medicinal properties of laughter. He is aware that if he were a dog, it would be Mr. Peanutbutter from Bojack Horseman. @brycetrudow


Seaton Smith

Seaton Smith is a comedian and actor. He recently made his television debut as ‘Motif’ on Fox’s Mulaney. Vulture named him “one of the 50 comedians you should know in 2015.” He most recently appeared on Larry Wilmore’s The Nightly Show. “Bologna Meat,” his debut album, recorded at the DC Improv, was released September 2015. @SeatonSmith

Sibyl Edwards

Sibyl Edwards is a designer, strategist and advocate for women in technology. She is Executive Director for D.C. Innovates (DCI), a non-profit organization with the mission of fostering and supporting a diverse tech innovation economy in the District of Columbia. She is also President of D.C. Web Women (DCWW), one of the largest and longest-running tech nonprofits for women in D.C. Sibyl volunteers her time helping to support and advocate for women and girls in internet and tech-related industries. @saedwards


Hosted by

Haywood Turnipseed Jr.

During the day, Haywood is a husband, dad, telephone man, and a Jedi. At night—he becomes a stand-up comic, and sometimes a Sith Lord. He likes Michael Jackson and Prince, hip-hop, the Pittsburgh Steelers, “Mambo sauce” on his chicken, and laughing.

Originally from the holy land of Indiana—Haywood graduated from high school in Moon Township, Pennsylvania—where he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He now resides in Washington D.C. with his wife, mom, and three sons.

“May the laughs be with us!”



  • Location: Canvas CoWork - 1203 19th Street NW, 3rd Floor Washington, DC 20036
  • 6pm - 7pm Doors open, Beers
  • 7:00PM: Idea pitching 
  • 8:00PM: Team formation
  • 8:30PM: Hacking begins


  • 8am - 12pm - Hacking resumes at Canvas CoWork
  • 12 Noon - Lunch
  • 1pm - 5pm - Hacking continues
  • 5pm - 6pm - Check in with all teams
  • 6pm - Dinner / Teams send in final presentations to Slack

The Big Show 

  • Location: ISL - 641 S Street NW Washington, DC 20001
  • tickets
  • 7pm - 8pm- Ticket check-in/Registration for raffle/Drinking
  • 8pm - 10pm - Show

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