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WV Coding & Cyber Summit

- October 12, 2017
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
BridgeValley Advanced Technology Center
WV Regional Technology Park
1201 Science Park Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303

TechConnectWV, in partnership with U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, will host the West Virginia Coding & Cyber Summit from 9 am – 2:30 pm on Thursday, October 12 at the BridgeValley Advanced Technology Center in South Charleston, WV.

To see photos from the event, please click here

Senators Joe Manchin & Shelley Moore Capito discusses Technology Expansion in WV – Part 1

Senators Joe Manchin & Shelley Moore Capito discusses Technology Expansion in WV – Part 2

TechConnectWV’s Anne Barth discusses the importance of Technology Education

Inside West Virginia Politics-High Tech

REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED; however, we have a few spots still available. Space is limited, so please let us know if you would like to pay at the door on Thursday by contacting Ashley O’Neil at  Thank you!  

Hundreds of thousands of software coding and cyber jobs are unfilled in the U.S. right now, and that number is expected to climb sharply as technology continues to advance at an exponential rate. Half of the highest-paying jobs in America now require some level of software coding skills, market analysis shows.  The good news is that while many of these jobs require a four-year degree, thousands of jobs will be open to individuals who receive certification through multi-week boot camps.

To view the agenda, click here.

Join us on October 12 to learn more about the possibilities for West Virginia to prepare workers for these jobs.

  • West Virginia’s United States Senators will share their views on how West Virginia’s workforce can play a greater role in the high-tech economy
  • Hear about exciting new steps that are being taken to train a new high-tech workforce
  • Learn about successful training programs and potential employment opportunities in the areas of computer coding and cybersecurity
  • Listen to tech and gig-economy leaders about how West Virginians can benefit from the new virtual tech economy and workplace
  • Find ways to mobilize your communities to benefit from “hereshoring” job and economic development opportunities

TechConnectWV is proud to announce the following speakers:

Bernard McKay, Cheif Policy Officer, Intuit

Obed Louissaint, Vice President of Human Resources IBM Cognitive Solutions, Digital and Research

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin

Dr. Kathy D’Antoni, Associate State Superintendent, WV Department of Education

Dr. Paul Hill, Chancellor, WV Higher Education Policy Commission

Dr. Casey Sacks, Vice Chancellor, WV Community & Technical College System

Anne Barth, Executive Director, TechConnect West Virginia

Cabinet Secretary Woody Thrasher, WV Department of Commerce

Brian Stolarik, Program Manager, Cyber & Intelligence Missions Solutions, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems

Timi Hadra, Senior State Executive, IBM

Cabinet Secretary Gayle Manchin, WV Department of Education and Arts

Rochelle Goodwin, Sr. Associate VP for Academic and Public Strategy, WVU

Lawrence Malone, WV National Guard

Amanda Laucher, Co-Founder, Mined Minds

Lee Farabaugh, Co-Founder & COO, Core10

Chuck Toussieng, Founder, Richwood Scientific

Patrick Farrell, Co-Founder, CentralApp

TechConnectWV is proud to announce our sponsors, whose support makes this event possible.  Thank you!

Co-Sponsor:  Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation

Gold Level Sponsors:

BridgeValley Community and Technical College

West Virginia University

Marshall University



Silver Level Sponsors:

Science & Research Division, WV Higher Education Policy Commission

Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC


Bronze Level Sponsors:

Allegheny Science & Technology


Northrop Grumman Corporation


Sponsorships are still available.  To learn more, click here and contact Anne Barth at or 304.444.2918 for more information.

Exhibit space is also available.  To learn more, click here.