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This past weekend marked the first-ever—and certainly not the last— Women’s Edition of Startup Weekend D.C. The event, born out of collaboration between Startup Weekend D.C., Booz Allen Hamilton and 1776, aimed to counterbalance the underrepresentation of women in technology and entrepreneurship. The result was an electrifying, 54-hour experiential learning opportunity for nearly 100 participants—90 percent women and of diverse ethnic and professional backgrounds—to launch a new venture and pitch it. As part of the weekend’s program, Booz Allen sponsored an impressive panel to provide insights on what it takes to scale a venture at every stage, including addressing issues of diversity and inclusion. Below are some key takeaways for aspiring entrepreneurs—men and women alike—from the weekend.Read more and comment
At Booz Allen, we recognize that there’s no such thing as going it alone in innovation. We serve our clients through a global innovation ecosystem that is energized by a wide range of partners, including entrepreneurs and startups. That’s why we were so excited to sponsor and extensively participate in the recent Startup Weekend DC, a three-day event in which entrepreneurs learned how to launch a venture, and then pitch their ideas.
Nearly 30 Booz Allen staffers helped plan the event and served as mentors to participants. In addition, Vice President Julie McPherson kicked off the event, Vice President Aimee George-Leary was one of the judges, and I had the opportunity to serve on a panel distinguished members of the technology and startup community: David Guttman, CEO of CityScan; Ann Marie Isleib, Regional Vice President Platform at Salesforce.com; Susan Tynan, founder and CEO of Framebridge, Inc., and moderator Allyson Burns, Senior Vice President of Case Foundation and Revolution LLC. The panel focused on strategies for overcoming the challenges of scaling a venture at every stage, from startup to large company.Read more and comment
Developers, cloud enthusiasts, and supporters of open source descended on Mahwah, New Jersey, this week for RedHat’s first ManageIQ Design Summit.
As a founding partner and ardent supporter of the ManageIQ community, it’s been exciting for our Booz Allen team to watch it grow since its launch earlier this year. And the Summit marked the first time that we, as a community, were able to come together to share best practices, lessons learned and practical applications for the platform. Participants were able to follow two tracks at the event, Design and Extend, and I was fortunate enough to speak to both on the topic of cloud service broker technologies. Specifically, with the Extend attendees, we covered how to create a fully functional open source cloud broker platform using ManageIQ. And, with the Design group, we proposed a blueprint of ManageIQ’s future development areas and our roadmap to enhance the overarching cloud broker capabilities.Read more and comment
Children are like sponges. All day, every day they are listening and interpreting information from parents, teachers and peers. I realize adults sometimes wonder if children are really processing the material, but my experience as an (ISC)2 Safe and Secure Online (SSO) volunteer confirmed for me that kids are paying attention. The (ISC)² Foundation is a non-profit charity formed by (ISC)² as a conduit through which its members reach society and empower students, teachers and the general public to secure their online life with cyber security education and awareness programs in the community.
I became an SSO volunteer to share the information and knowledge I have because far too often children and adults believe the device in their hand or on their lap is private and no one else can access it. Without knowledge of how things work, bad things can happen. As an SSO volunteer I have the opportunity to help children ages 7-14 learn how to be responsible for their actions and how to protect themselves. Volunteers use Safe and Secure Online teaching tools (developed by former school teachers) to educate students about how to protect themselves, their equipment, and their identities from online dangers. Topics evolve depending on needs and the age group of the classroom, but can include identity theft, anti-virus software, cyber-bullying, mobile security, safe social networking, and safe computing practices. It’s a rewarding experience and essential to convey this information to our youth.Read more and comment