Herndon, VA (PRWEB) February 21, 2013
The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today the winners of two Apps4VA application (app) development competitions created to find innovative solutions and software tools to improve education and educational decisions in Virginia.
Jointly sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and CIT, the Apps4VA competitions created opportunities for Virginia citizens and communities to get engaged in key K-12 data areas and provided Virginia high school students a chance to gain real world experience by addressing real world challenges.
The primary goals of the competitions were to raise awareness of the Virginia Longitudinal Data System, which provides information on Virginia public school students’ progress toward college and career readiness; to engage the public in using the data to develop fresh new insights and tools for educators, researchers and policymakers; and increase transparency.
The winners of the competitions are:
Open Competition Overall Best Use of VLDS Data
High School Competition Overall Best Use of VLDS Data
Virginia Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey said, “We are proud to be engaged in such an outstanding program and are delighted with the level of engagement and participation we have had from the developers, entrepreneurs, graphic designers and investors across the Commonwealth, all coming together to focus on key K-12 data issues and challenges.”
Since its inception, the Apps4VA program has awarded more than $25,000 in cash and prizes. Over the course of the program, more than 200 participants developed over 80 new cutting-edge, education-focused apps and launched two new education-related startups. Schools that sponsored the high school winners also received awards, as was the teacher who sponsored the most student submissions.
Bethann Canada, Director of Educational Information Management at the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) said, “Apps4VA is an ongoing process, not a single event, and VDOE is very interested in developing an ongoing dialogue with the public and in sponsoring continued innovation in public education.“
A Data Symposium featuring the participants and winners of all phases of the Apps4VA program will be held on June 20, 2013 at the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.
For more information on the program, visit the Apps4VA website.
About the Center for Innovative Technology, http://www.cit.org
Since 1985, CIT, a nonprofit corporation, has been the Commonwealth’s primary driver of innovation-based economic development. CIT accelerates the next generation of technology and technology companies through commercialization, 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’s 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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