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WV Coding & Cyber Summit coming Nov. 15 to Charleston

WV Press Association

Oct. 17, 2018

Cybersecurity execs, leaders will provide presentations

CHARLESTON, W.VA. – With the goal of accelerating efforts to make software coding and cyber skills training widely available across West Virginia, TechConnect West Virginia will host the 2018 Coding & Cyber Summit from 9am-4pm on November 15th at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston.

Diane Miller, Director of Global Cyber Education and Workforce Development for Northrop Grumman, will deliver the opening keynote. Ms. Miller is an internationally recognized speaker on the need to educate and develop a diverse, highly-talented cyber workforce. At Northrop Grumman, she leads global efforts in cyber education, outreach, thought leadership and partnerships that are critical to filling the talent pipeline and creating a diverse global cyber workforce.

In addition, Bernard F. McKay, Chief Public Policy Officer for Intuit Corporation, will offer remarks.  The Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation is a co-sponsor of the event.

“Technology industry leaders from around the state and nation will share their views on how West Virginia’s workforce can play a greater role in the high-tech economy,” said Anne Barth, Executive Director of TechConnect West Virginia.  “Growing the tech industry in our state is a pathway to economic progress and this event will highlight the opportunities that exist for our workforce to become a part of this fast growing sector.”

Featuring leading industry and educational leaders, the event aims to highlight West Virginia’s efforts to develop a workforce ready to fill the thousands of available jobs in software coding and cybersecurity. This year’s event will place special emphasis on the cybersecurity sector and its workforce needs. Other presentations will cover cyber threats, cybersecurity best practices and cyber awareness policies. Finally, the Summit will profile how the state’s education system is offering students a variety of technology classes and programs, including coding, game development, networking and cybersecurity.

“West Virginia has tremendous opportunity to grow its tech economy by preparing our citizens at all levels for positions in the knowledge sector and digital economy,” Barth noted.  TechConnect developed this event to promote the possibilities and to highlight the number of programs designed to grow our tech workforce, she added.

With hundreds of thousands of software coding and cyber jobs unfilled in the U.S., West Virginia has tremendous opportunity to grow its tech economy through preparing workers for these positions.  TechConnect developed this event to highlight the possibilities and to discuss plans for preparing our workforce.

Registration information and event details can be found at www.techconnectwv.org, or by clicking here. Early-bird registration ends November 5th.

Event sponsors include: Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation, IBM, NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Northrop Grumman, Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC, University of Charleston, WV Higher Education Policy Commission, Division of Science & Research, WV Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Advantage Technology, Allegheny Science & Technology, Core10 and New South Media.

For additional information, contact Anne Barth at anne@techconnectwv.org or call (304) 444.2918.