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Events Roundup: Tune in to the Northern Virginia Tech Council’s new data science series

Plus, learn about the do's and don'ts of hackathons from the Capital One Lab, see the launch of the new science center in Northern Virginia and, oh, don't miss's innovation conference.

Upcoming virtual events explore data science, voice tech and Vue.js. (Courtesy photo)

Events Roundup is a column in which we highlight events happening in the D.C. area each month. Got a submission? Email us at so we can consider it for our next roundup.

Virginia Tech’s Academy of Data Science and the Northern Virginia Technology Council are dropping a series of lectures on data science in the modern era with events continuing throughout the year. The events hope to unbox real-world uses for data science in conducting business, shaping policy and the overall influence on the way we live

“We have mounds of data, that is not the issue,” Tom Woteki, founding director of the Academy of Data Science, said in a statement. “What we need to do is develop a pipeline of talented data scientists who can leverage methods to better understand what drives government, commercial, academic and societal issues. If we can analyze the information we already have, we could dramatically improve peoples’ lives.”

View the first event here and catch the next one live on Tuesday, May 25 from 1-2 p.m. It features Taka Ariga, chief data scientist at the Government Accountability Office. 

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Here are some more virtual events to check out around the D.C. tech community over the next month:

Industry Cybersecurity Readiness Summit

In part two of its series, Tysons, Virginia-based NeoSystems hosts an afternoon event on cybersecurity with speakers from Google, Microsoft and the FBI.

  • Tuesday, April 27
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

JavaScript and Friends – Vue.Js Online Meetup

Hear from from DC Tech Meetup organizer and Luma Lab founder Aaron Saunders at a Vue.Js-focused meetup from JavaScript and Friends. 

  • Wednesday, April 28
  • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Free


Modev’s VOICE Talks, an AI and voice tech podcast up for a Webby award, is celebrating its one-year anniversary. Tune into its anniversary show, titled “Best Practices for Designing, Building and Marketing Voice Experiences.”

  • Thursday, April 29
  • 1-2 p.m.
  • Free

Veteran Women in Tech 

General Assembly DC has a career development event for veterans on workforce re-entry and succeeding in tech.

  • Thursday, May 6
  • 6-7 p.m.
  • Free

Are Hackathons Just Innovation Theater?

Panelists at the event organized by Capital One Lab discuss driving innovation in hackathons and strategies for future event planning. Hear from Capital One Lab Head of Design Catherine Sun, The Microsoft Garage NYC Director Mike Pell, cofounder Peter Bull and GiveBachHack founder Suzy Bureau.

  • Wednesday, May 12
  • 5 p.m.
  • Free

Introduced by

Join us virtually for’s annual conference on building better workplaces, featuring discussions on hiring, equity and employee engagement. Plus, explore networking lounges to connect with speakers and an expo floor.

  • Thursday, May 13
  • All day
  • Free (with early registration!)

Launch the Future Watch Party

After raising 90% of its $75 million dollar goal, Launch the Future is hosting a watch party where it will be revealing a new science center in Northern Virginia. Hear about the design, name and brand of the new center with guest stars Governor Northam and Google Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf. 

  • Thursday, May 20
  • 5 p.m.
  • Free
Companies: Northern Virginia Technology Council / Capital One / Code for DC / General Assembly

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