Apps4VA High School Competition Opens Today

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CIT, VDOE create public competitions to tackle K-12 big data; hack-a-thons up next month

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Center for Innovative Technology

As part of its partnership with the Virginia Department of Education to manage K-12 big data, the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced that its Apps4VA High School Competition opens today, September 14.

The unique competition will let Virginia high school students offer innovative ideas for K-12 data. It is part of joint effort by CIT, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the U.S. Department of Education called Apps4VA to use open competitions to find creative ways to use K-12 data in Virginia's Longitudinal Data System (VLDS).

VDOE Director of Education Information Management Bethann Canada said, “Government organizations struggle to find ways to be transparent and engage citizens. Apps4VA uses a new, student-involved model that we hope will help launch creativity and innovation.”

Already, the Apps4VA program has used the NOVAEDU Startup Weekend in June to bring together educators, developers and entrepreneurs for 54 hours to develop applications for the VLDS data. Team Pigeon won Best Overall Idea and Team Edunomics won Best Use of the K-12 data. Last month, CIT announced the Apps4VA Open Competition for the general public, teachers and students.

Both the high school and open competitions close on November 15, 2012. For more details on the program, submitting an entry or for access to the data, please visit http://www.apps4va.org.

Paul McGowan, VP for CIT Connect, which is managing the Apps4VA program, said, “These open competitions have been an effective way for large organizations to find innovative solutions to challenges they may face – and a fair way for people to bring great ideas forward.”

McGowan said that next week, CIT will announce details about a day of hack-a-thons that will take place in Arlington, Charlottesville, Norfolk, Richmond and Roanoke/Blacksburg on October 19.

About the Center for Innovative Technology, http://www.cit.org
CIT is a nonprofit corporation that accelerates the next generation of technology and technology companies. CIT creates new technology companies through capital formation, market development and revenue generation services. To facilitate national innovation leadership and accelerate the rate of technology adoption, CIT creates partnerships between innovative technology startup companies and advanced technology consumers. Its CAGE code is 1UP71.

About CIT Connect, http://www.cit.org/service-lines/cit-connect
Recognizing a need in the marketplace, CIT Connect was established to help federal, state, and corporate consumers of technology identify and assimilate innovation. The CIT Connect service line delivers unique and innovative value-add solutions enabling technology consumption, adoption and integration into organizations. CIT Connect’s experts work with organizations to assess the spectrum of inputs into the development and implementation process, including stakeholders, corporate culture and policies, technology and market environment.

About the Virginia Department of Education, http://www.doe.virginia.gov
The Virginia Department of Education provides support and guidance to the commonwealth’s 132 public school divisions which, combined, educate approximately 1.2 million PK-12 students. The department administers regulations promulgated by the state Board of Education and supports the board in carrying out its responsibilities under state and federal education law.

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