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NOVA-Woodbridge to host 2017 Innovation Hackathon, April 21-23

Approximately 250 students from Northern Virginia Community College and other colleges, interested locals and 70 local high school students have registered to attend 2017 Innovation Hackathon. The 36-hour-long competition will focus on offering hands-on experience to promote cybersecurity through analyzing secure coding methods.

Lisa Fairchild Jones, CEO and co-founder of SafeTComm, Inc., a company that provides technology solutions for governments, municipalities, Fortune 500 and 1000 companies will be the keynote speaker for the event. In addition to the competition, highly-trained cybersecurity experts will speak to participants on topics involving computer science and information technology through “Tech Talks.” Competition participants as well as the general public will also network and explore career opportunities with local IT and cybersecurity companies at a job fair held on Saturday, April 22 at 5 p.m., as part of the hackathon weekend event.

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

2645 College Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22191

April 21-23 (Hackathon participants will be housed in the RCWET for the duration of the competition)


A hackathon is an event of any duration where interested volunteers come together to solve problems creatively using technology. Each participant will learn about programming, technology and security by applying each skill to complete challenges for a chance to win prizes. 2017 Innovation Hackathon is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and CACI International Inc.

Those interested in becoming a 2017 Innovation Hackathon sponsor should contact Dr. Evette Hyder-Davis, NOVA-Woodbridge Dean of Business & Social Sciences by April 19th at (703) 878-5637 or ehyderdavis@nvcc.edu. All participants can register onsite at the hackathon event.


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 NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.