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POTOMAC TECH WIRE -- Feb. 28

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o GW Teams with Trilogy Education to Launch FinTech Boot Camp Program

o Fairfax-Based ICF Announces New Executive Leadership Roles

o Ancestry Releases Images of All 36 Million World War II Draft Cards

o Report: U.S. IT Employment Ticks Down to Start New Year

o Correction: MAVA Launches Event Focused on Funding DMV Startups

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o Briefly Noted: Onyx Government Services, Hughes Network Systems

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o GW Teams with Trilogy Education to Launch FinTech Boot Camp Program


Washington, DC -- The George Washington University said it has launched an intensive fintech training program in partnership with Trilogy Education, a division of Lanham-based 2U. The 24-week, part-time GW FinTech Boot Camp program will meet in Arlington two nights a week and on Saturdays. "The finance industry is experiencing rapid digital transformation, driving DC's finance professionals to learn new technology and data skills to remain relevant," said Christopher Deering, interim dean of the GW College of Professional Studies. "In partnership with Trilogy Education, we are adding fintech to a range of boot camps GW now offers to empower working adults with the latest tech skills local employers across industries are hiring for, including Python, blockchain and machine learning." The program is the latest in a series of tech boot camps the university offers in partnership with Trilogy Education.

http://bootcamp.cps.gwu.edu/fintech


o Fairfax-Based ICF Announces New Executive Leadership Roles


Fairfax, Va. -- ICF, a Fairfax-based provider of consulting and digital services, late Thursday named two key executives -- appointing James Morgan, its former chief financial officer (CFO), to the newly created role of chief of business operations, and Bettina Welsh as its new CFO. Morgan, who has been with ICF since 2012, now will oversee the company's new acquisition integration office and redesigned project management office, while also continuing to lead M&A, contracts, procurement and administration and corporate IT. Welsh joined ICF as a senior vice president in September following a 17-year career at SAIC and Leidos, where he most recently served as senior vice president and chief audit officer. Earlier, he was the CFO of LMI. In addition, ICF has named Sergio Ostria, an executive vice president, as head of the company's new client services and innovation team, and Anne Choate, a senior vice president, succeeding Ostria as head of its energy, environment and infrastructure business.

http://www.icf.com

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/icf-announces-new-executive-leadership-roles-301012892.html


o Ancestry Releases Images of All 36 Million World War II Draft Cards


Lehi, Utah -- Completing a multi-year project, family history and consumer genomics company Ancestry said it has released a collection of all 36 million of the nation's available World War II men's draft cards. The company said it worked with the U.S. National Archives & Records Administration to digitize the records, making them fully searchable. Ancestry said the draft cards can be a useful starting point to customers building family trees, since they often include details such as physical description, eye color, employer, and next of kin. Imaging and transcribing the records took nearly 90,000 hours.

https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2238/

https://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2020/02/26/ancestry-announces-significant-content-additions-and-improved-family-history-research-tools-at-rootstech-empowering-more-discoveries/


o Report: U.S. IT Employment Ticks Down to Start New Year


Alexandria, Va. -- Information technology employment in the U.S. ticked down to start the new year, according to a new report from the Alexandria-based TechServe Alliance. The trade association said that the number of IT jobs decreased 0.01% to 5.35 million, and has grown just 0.08% over the past year, adding only 4,500 IT workers. "IT employment growth is anemic," said CEO of the TechServe Alliance. "Even without factoring in global and domestic political uncertainty and the potential economic impact of the coronavirus, the ongoing talent shortage and restrictive immigration policies do not foster an environment conducive to meaningful IT job creation. Unfortunately, we do not see downward pressure on IT job growth abating in the foreseeable future."

https://www.techservealliance.org/files/February%202020%20Index%20-%20MBR.pdf (PDF)


o Correction: MAVA Launches Event Focused on Funding DMV Startups


(Correction: An article published on Thursday stated that MAVA's event if for DC startups. In fact, the event is focused on startups across the DMV area.)


Washington, DC -- The Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) on Thursday announced plans for a new program aimed specifically at increasing investment interest in DC, Maryland and Virginia-area tech startups. The organization said it will hold its Forefront 2020 investor invitational and company showcase April 29 and 30 in DC, with the goal of expanding access to capital for company founders in the region. "With the District of Columbia's deep commitment to inclusion and diversity, and this market uniquely situated as a global hub for the private and public sectors, we look forward to convening industry leaders and capital sources to discuss opportunities for investment and to highlight the strength of the financial and entrepreneurial community in this market," said Julia Spicer, the executive director of MAVA. "Forefront takes an important step to attract investment capital and other key corporate resources necessary to advancing business and enterprise growth in an inclusive and sustainable manner." Complete details are at the links below.

https://forefront2020.org/

https://forefront2020.org/announcement/


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o Briefly Noted:


(Centreville, Va.) Centreville-based Onyx Government Services, a federal government contractor focused on enterprise data services and data-driven technology, said it has won a new data analytics contract from the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP). Under the deal, the company will evaluate the NAVSUP Business Systems Center's SAS and Netezza data warehousing and data management technical environments.

https://www.onyxgs.com/news/onyx-government-services-awarded-us-navy-data-analytics-contract


(Germantown, Md.) Germantown-based Hughes Network Systems, a provider of broadband satellite networks and services, said it will collaborate with Telecomunicaciones de Mexico, a decentralized body under the Mexico Secretariat of Communications and Transportation, to deploy Hughes Express Wi-Fi Hotspots in as many as 4,000 rural communities in Mexico. The hotspots will be powered by Facebook Connectivity's Express Wi-Fi platform.

https://www.hughes.com/resources/press-releases/hughes-and-telecomm-power-community-wi-fi-hotspots-thousands-mexican


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Take your sales performance to the next level at the March 6 Institute for Excellence in Sales high-performance sales workshop at the Marriott Fairview Park. We're bringing Tim Riesterer, the nation’s top speaker on growing business with existing customers, to the region. It’ll be an interactive, informative, and fun program for anyone who sells in the DC region. Free copies of Tim's new book, "The Expansion Sale" to the first 50 attendees. Come early for the hot breakfast and networking. Register at https://i4esbd.com/event/march-6/ and use the promo code “ptw" for $15 off.


> What Would Your Business Do With a $75,000 Innovation Grant?


The Loudoun County Economic Development Authority has announced a new competition for entrepreneurs seeking to take their business to the next level. The 2020 Innovation Challenge will award a first prize grant of $75,000 and up to three $25,000 grants to companies that are developing truly innovative products and services in Loudoun County. Small business owners and entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply before March 31, 2020. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and must include business plans and the most recent annual financial statements, which will be reviewed by the authority’s members. Finalists will be asked to make an in-person pitch to the EDA. Winners will be chosen at the discretion of the EDA and announced at the Loudoun Small Business Conference on May 4, 2020. Interested applicants must have a for-profit business model and physical location in Loudoun, or commit to establishing future office space or jobs in the county. Learn more at LoudounInnovationChallenge.org.


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