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NOVA-Annandale to Host HackDC 2015

LongView International Technology Solutions, a federal service-disabled veteran-owned health IT services contractor, will be holding HackDC 2015 Sept. 25-27 in NOVA-Annandale’s Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center. HackDC 2015 is a 36-hour health care hackathon where approximately 250 university computer science students will work with clinicians and veterans to build mobile apps for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

According to LongView’s Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Yan Chow, the purpose of the hackathon is to raise awareness and to give students the opportunity to work with military members as well as health care professionals to develop mobile apps that target PTSD management.

“There are several goals. We want to give people the opportunity to develop new approaches to the management of PTSD and its related issues and conduct an experiment in open innovation in health care, where innovative ideas are introduced by non-health care people who are not constrained by conventional thinking,” Chow explained. “The hackathon will also give them the chance to demonstrate to the federal health care leaders who will be attending that good prototypes can be developed in other ways besides the traditional procurement process.”

One in three returning troops are being diagnosed with PTSD, but less than 40 percent will seek help, according to the PTSD Foundation of America. Federal agencies and media representatives are planning to attend HackDC 2015 and LongView hopes participants will explore new avenues in PTSD management that will leverage innovative ideas and the latest technologies.

“HackDC 2015 is a unique opportunity for students to collaborate with clinicians and veterans and use their knowledge and skills to build mobile apps to address issues of PTSD,” said NOVA-Annandale Interim Provost Charlotte Calobrisi. 

Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia Terry McAuliffe visited NOVA-Woodbridge on June 29 to sign legislation granting veteran students enrolled in Virginia community colleges academic credit for prior military training.

HB 2354/SB 1335, requires the State Board for Community Colleges to develop a policy to award academic credit for military training applicable to a student’s certificate or degree requirements.

U.S. Veterans Magazine (USVM) recently named Northern Virginia Community College as a Top Veteran-Friendly School for 2015 for the fifth consecutive year. NOVA is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges and NOVA’s Office of Military Services supports veterans as well as active duty and family members in achieving their education and career goals.

For more information about LongView’s HackDC 2015 and how to register to participate in the event, visit www.hackdc.com. Registration for this event closes on Friday, Aug. 28.


Media Contact: Raytevia Evans | 703.425.5839 | revans@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.