Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) will host nearly 250 students from all of its campuses and other colleges and universities for the fourth annual InNOVAtion Hackathon. This special event will be held at the Workforce Regional Center (WRC) at 2675 College Drive, Woodbridge, Virginia 22191. The doors will open for the event at 9:00am on May 18th, and will conclude with an awards ceremony at 11:00am on May 19th. Students will compete for prizes that include direct access to top leaders in the technology and cybersecurity fields.
The 2019 InNOVAtion Hackathon offers hands-on experience to students as they spend 24 hours working on real life projects for regional employers. Each year, employers challenge students to design and present solutions to projects that include artificial intelligence, robotics, and encrypted communications. Students are further challenged to creatively design solutions that may be used to in classrooms to educate people new to technology.
Cybersecurity is a critical component of the northern Virginia economy. The region’s workforce includes more than 6.5 times the number of information security analysts as the national average, and the Washington, D.C. region was the number one location in the country for job opportunities in cybersecurity in 2018. Participating technology employers at this year’s Hackathon include: Amazon Web Services (AWS), General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Belvoir Chapter, AllCyber, Rigil Corporation, NOVA SySTEMic, and VG Systems.
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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.