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NOVA-Woodbridge hosts nationwide hackathon to train college and high school students on IT and cybersecurity skills


Students from Northern Virginia Community College and other colleges/universities, interested locals and high school students from across the nation have registered to attend NOVA’s third annual 2018 Innovation Hackathon. The event will be held at the Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training (RCWET), 2645 College Drive, Woodbridge on April 13-15.

Innovation Hackathon, a 36-hour-long competition offers hands-on experience to students interested in cybersecurity and secure coding methods. Participants will come prepared for the weekend with sleeping bags and overnight items, eager to work in teams to “hack” several challenges provided by corporate sponsors.

Dr. Kenneth Fritzsche, director of the Identity Technology Division (ITD) in the Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), within the National Protection and Programs Directorate 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 14 at 3:30 p.m., as part of the hackathon weekend event.

Innovation Hackathon 2018 is sponsored by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Belvoir Chapter, AllCyber, Rigil Corporation, Rapid Cycle Solutions, Synaptek Corporation, General Dynamics Information Technology, The Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI), Future Kings and Year Up.

For additional information on NOVA’s Innovation Hackathon 2018, visit their website.


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.