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350 NOVA, high school students to attend InNOVAtion Hackathon at the Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training, April 8-10

Approximately 300 students from Northern Virginia Community College and other colleges, interested locals and 50 local high school students have registered to attend NOVA’s first ever hackathon event,  inNOVAtion. The 36 hour long competition will focus on offering hands-on experience to promote cybersecurity through analyzing secure coding methods. Keynote speakers will be Brig. Gen. Kevin Nally, Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Secret Service and Dr. Ray Letteer, U.S. Marine Corps Senior Information Security Official (SISO).

In addition to the competition, the following highly-trained cybersecurity experts will speak to high school students on topics involving computer science and information technology through “Tech Talks.”

  • Marvin Marin, program manager & cybersecurity expert, Haystax
  • Wayne Stilwell, CEO, Stilwell Technology and Robotics, LLC
  • Frances Coronel, senior, computer science major, Hampton University
  • Ron Haddox, owner/WordPress developer, On the Pike Networks
  • Christine de Souza, director, Cyber Security Forum Initiative
  • Tony Erskine, software developer and consultant

NOVA’s Woodbridge Campus - Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training

2645 College Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22191
Free parking is available in the RCWET lot

April 8-10 (Participants will be housed in the RCWET for the duration of the competition)

InNOVAtion Schedule

Friday, April 8

6:00 p.m.         Registration

6:15 p.m.         Sponsored Dinner

7:30 p.m.         Opening Ceremony with NOVA President, Dr. Scott Ralls

8:00 p.m.         Speech by Brig. Gen. Kevin Nally, retired CIO, U.S. Secret Service

                        Speech by Dr. Ray Letteer, U.S. Marine Corps (SISO)

9:00 p.m.         Coding Challenge Begins

12:00 a.m.       Midnight Snack

Saturday, April 9

8:00 a.m.         Sponsored Breakfast

10:00 a.m.       Tech Expo

12:00 p.m.       Sponsored Lunch

3:00 p.m.         Mini Event

6:00 p.m.         Sponsored Dinner

12:00 a.m.       Midnight Snack

Sunday, April 10

9:00 a.m.         Coding Challenge Ends

9:15 a.m.         Sponsored Breakfast & Competition Judging

12:00 p.m.       Closing Ceremony & Sponsored lunch


A hackathon is an event of any duration where interested volunteers come together to solve problems creatively using technology. At inNOVAtion, each participant will learn about programming, technology and security by applying each skill to complete challenges for a chance to win prizes.

The Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training (RCWET) is a 55,000 square-foot state-of-the-art building that serves as the epicenter of high-quality training and education delivery, creating a workforce to meet the technological demands of Northern Virginia businesses, government and military communities. Training programs provided will include Cybersecurity, Healthcare, IT, Program Management and more, allowing area employers and their employees to expand their professional expertise. The Regional Center also houses a Professional Testing Center and 7,500 square-foot conference center designed to host a range of events from industrial-type training, exhibits, trade shows, formal gatherings and special events.

InNOVAtion Hackathon sponsors include: Major League Hacking (MLH), General Dynamics, True IA, International Information System Security Certification Consortium, Inc., (ISC), University of Maryland University College, Year Up, RPI Group, Sticker Giant, Future Kings, The Cyber Security Forum Initiative, Rapid Cycle Solutions and UltraPress.  For additional information visit http://www.novahackathon.org/ or email novahackathon@gmail.com.


Media Contact: Kristina Ogburn | 703.503.6338 | kogburn@nvcc.edu





Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.