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CIT Announces Predictive Outcomes Wins Best in Virginia During Statewide HAC4EDU


Teams in four locations across the state had 24 hours to develop software to benefit education.

Herndon, VA (PRWEB) October 26, 2012

The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today that the Predictive Outcomes software application created by developer Chris Cooper, of Richmond, was awarded the grand prize during Apps4VA's HAC4EDU, a hackathon held in four Virginia jurisdictions, this past weekend.

HAC4EDU was the second event sponsored by Apps4VA, a program jointly launched by the Center for Innovative Technology and the Virginia Department of Education that challenges the public to develop software applications (apps) that will use or analyze education information in unique ways.

In all, more than $6,000 was awarded to winners across the state. Cooper won the grand prize of $1,500 for Predictive Outcomes, a tool to develop dropout risk profiles that will allow educational administrators to develop an intervention strategy for current Virginia students. Statewide second place winners Harper Trow and Joey Figaro split the prize for their Division Cost / Performance Comparison Engine, an app that compares the relative cost per student in state funds versus SOL performance for a given division and allows for side by side comparisons.

In addition, each location awarded a first place location prize and participants gathered together to vote for each location's “Hackers' Choice” award. Winners for each location were:

  •     Blacksburg: Teammates Phillip Murillas and Miles Sandlar won both the location prize and the Hackers' Choice award for Engage SOL, an app that allows administrators to monitor student progress on practice SOL tests and promotes student learning from these tests with the assistance of mentors.
  •     Charlottesville: Caner Uguz, Jonathan Thompson, and Clinton Sower also won both the location prize and the Hackers' Choice Award for VAcompare, a suite of applications that provides diverse reports and analyses based on the Virginia Longitudinal Data System (VLDS).
  •     Norfolk: Norfolk participants Jeff Muller and Chuck Williams also scored both the location prize and the Hackers' Choice Award for their Disability Advantage, a system that allows parents of special needs children to determine other schools within a given area that have children with special needs similar to their children.
  •     Richmond: Patrick Crawford and Gabriel Bradley from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) took the location prize for their SQWABBL (Server Query with Arbitrary Blocks Based Language), an app designed to perform “Create, Read, Update, Delete” functions against any dataset using drop options for specific parameters. Richmond participants voted ClassFundr, a mobile app developed by John Dlugokecki and Kim Mahan that leverages the Donors Choose API to make it possible for parents and concerned citizens to donate directly to Virginia classroom projects either at schools nearby or those identified as being most in need, for the Hackers' Choice award.

At the conclusion of the event, VDOE Director of Education Information Management Bethann Canada said, “We are very impressed with the apps created this weekend, not only because of the unique and valuable perspectives they provide, but especially given the short amount of time participants had to develop them.”

Paul McGowan, VP and Managing Director of CIT Connect, the organizer of the event, added “We were very impressed with the phenomenal apps created this weekend – the level of creativity, insight and design applied in a short period of time has been breathtaking.”

McGowan also noted that the deadline for the Apps4VA Open Competition is November 15, 2012 and January 31, 2013 for the Apps4VA High School Competition. More than $25,000 will be awarded to apps developed by members of the general public. For more information, visit

HAC4EDU sponsors included the Center for Innovative Technology; the Virginia Department of Education; the U.S. Department of Education; Hack Cville; 804RVA; Roanoake – Blacksburg Technology Council; Hatch; Hampton Roads Technology Council; Virginia Tech Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology; Montgomery County; VA; Northern Virginia Technology Council; CartoDB; Interactive Achievement, Attention Point; BrightContext; Microsoft; Uber Offices; Charlottesville Business Innovation Council, and RichTech.

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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