CIT Hosts NOVA EDU Startup Weekend to Tackle Education Data

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Weekend event brings people together to develop applications, startups to improve student outcomes, increase teacher effectiveness and prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs


Center for Innovative Technology

The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) is inviting teachers, developers, designers, entrepreneurs and others to its NOVA EDU Startup Weekend event on June 1-3 to generate ideas, applications, and even start a business to improve the use of K-12 education data. It is the first Startup Weekend to focus exclusively on K-12 education data.

NOVA EDU Startup Weekend is the kick-off event for the Apps4VA competition announced last month by CIT and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). The program stems from a federal grant to create a Virginia Longitudinal Data System (VLDS) to provide educators and policymakers aggregated data on Virginia public school students’ progress toward college and career readiness. The Apps4VA program will encourage the development of new and innovative apps to improve education using VLDS data.

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events launched by the Kaufman Foundation to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. They focus on action, innovation and education. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through testing, business model development and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos to a panel of potential investors and local entrepreneurs. Participants are challenged with building functional startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. The events are held throughout the world. Over 45,000 entrepreneurs and 5,000 teams have participated in 468 Startup Weekends, with 190 more currently planned.

NOVA EDU Startup Weekend will be held at the Microsoft offices in Reston, Va. Unique datasets will be released for use by developers and teams for the NOVA EDU Startup Weekend. For more information and to register, go to To learn more about the Apps4VA program, please visit

About the Center for Innovative Technology,
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 start-up companies and advanced technology consumers. CIT is now listed on the GSA MOBIS Schedule, Special Item Numbers (SINs) SIN 874-1 for Consulting Services and SIN 894-2 for Facilitation Services. Its CAGE Code is 1UP71.

About 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,
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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