Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see us at the 2017 Virginia GIS Conference at Virginia Tech. The Virginia Association for Mapping and Land Information Systems is a professional association in Virginia designed to provide educational and networking opportunities for professionals who have an interest in the mapping sciences in Virginia. Their annual conference provides attendees with the opportunity to enjoy informative presentations and shared insights into new ESRI releases – there was a lot to learn this year about user solutions for asset management and mobile apps. WorldView looks forward to sharing new and improved data management techniques with all of our clients this year!
In March, as a part of WorldView’s ongoing commitment to serve as mentors to area students interested in IT professions, WorldView again hosted a group of 50 computer science students from Godwin High School and Henrico’s Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage who spent the morning in our offices learning about various aspects and applications of information technology. They witnessed two professional office environments in action, sat in on demos given by WorldView staff, and enjoyed a presentation by VCU professor Dr. Bennett Ward from the School of Engineering. VCU instructor, Will Shuart, and Luck Stone supervisor, John Blackmore, also gave a presentation and hands-on demo on drone technology. They then took a walk to Carmax Shockoe for an office tour and demo on Product Development before a pizza lunch and Q&A wrap up. It was an interesting, informative morning for students and guests alike. WorldView will continue working with area students in the future with the hope that the knowledge and exposure they gain from such experiences will inspire and motivate them to continue pursuing their passion for innovative technologies.
Scrum RVA held its 2nd meetup at WorldView Solutions Inc, with a workshop titled: “Story Mapping: The Secret Sauce to Generate Shared Understanding“. Story Mapping is a visual model and approach to organize and prioritize User Stories while staying connected to the big picture. The evening started with dinner and networking, and moved into the interactive workshop and talk where members learned how to create and apply a visual framework for identifying personas, telling the story of their users, and remaining connected to the vision. Scrum RVA is a local Scrum User Group sponsored by the Scrum Alliance. Please visit ScrumRVA.org to learn more how Scrum is transforming the world of work in central Virginia. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12028479 Twitter: @ScrumRVA
WorldView Solutions is a proud supporter of the Ronald McDonald House Charities, a non-profit organization that provides a home away from home for seriously ill children and their families. Their Chef for the Night program calls for volunteers to purchase and prepare dinner for resident families, and WorldView’s commitment to this program, which began in 2016, continues to provide both meals for those deserving families and enrichment for staff participants and their families.
WorldView Solutions joined CodeVA, a Richmond-based nonprofit that promotes coding, computer science and computer programming in Virginia schools, to help kick off Virginia’s Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code held on Monday, December 5th at the Science Museum of Virginia. Richmond and Petersburg area schools attended the event where the City of Richmond’s Mayor-Elect, Levar Stoney, and Virginia’s Secretary of Education, Dietra Trent, addressed the audience. A video from Virginia’s Governor McAuliffe officially kicked off the event. The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (1906-1992). As part of the weeklong Computer Science Education Week, students at schools around the region are encouraged to spend at least one hour learning about computer science through activities created to teach them about technology. The Hour of Code being promoted this week is an international movement aimed at reaching students in more than 180 countries. Organizers hope that introducing students to coding and computer science early will help them develop skills that can improve their competitiveness in the workforce.
On October 15, 2016, a group of 30 Richmond area public school teachers joined CodeVA and WorldView Solutions for a full day computer science learning session. Led by Chris Dovi, founder of CodeVA, which strives to provide much needed support for computer science education in the community, teachers who are new to introducing the computer sciences to area students were informed and inspired. WorldView President, Jamie Christensen, addressed the group, describing various applications of computer science in the workplace, its impact on the world at large, and how students can benefit from a sparked interest in the field both now and in the future. He also shared his thoughts on the ways students might prepare to enter this field, as well as information about upcoming internship opportunities in the business community and at WorldView.
WorldView has teamed up with CodeVA, a Richmond-based nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science education in Virginia by instructing teachers and students. Based in Richmond, Code VA’s teacher training efforts and outreach to districts, parents and policymakers assumes a statewide footprint. Currently fewer than 10% of Virginia schools offer computer science courses. Meanwhile more than 70% of STEM-field jobs are Computer Science jobs. In the classroom, Code VA “teaches kids to code.” WorldView will assist this fall with both classroom coding instruction and student workshops, and teacher training.