Datathon 2016


How do employees “skill up” into more lucrative roles? What are the real workforce needs of employers? How useful are certain degrees and credentials? Teams of developers will be creating solutions to address these types of workforce challenges at the 2016 Workforce Innovation Datathon Challenge recently launched by Governor McAuliffe.

A contingency of Virginia’s most creative and innovative developers are gearing up to go head-to-head in this first-of-its kind datathon. The 2016 datathon is the third in a series of annual ground-breaking datathons bringing together developers from all experience levels, industries, and backgrounds. This year fifteen teams representing Virginia high-schools, universities and state agencies will compete to create the most state-of-the-art workforce solution.  

On August 25th and 26th at the Library of Virginia in Richmond teams will be challenged to transform data from a new highly enriched and curated Jobs Demand dataset into actionable solutions that will support Governor McAuliffe’s goal of filling 250,000+ open jobs in the New Virginia economy. Forward thinking Virginians, from the classroom to state government, will join together in a spirit of competition, fun, and determination. This is shaping up to be an amazing experience for participants and observers alike. A few challengers will be chronicling their experiences and can be tracked via the hashtag #datathonva. To learn more about the datathon, contact Brooke Bell at CIT (

About the Author:TonyFung
Mr. Fung is currently serving as Deputy Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia.  In this capacity, Mr. Fung serves as a senior advisor to the Commonwealth on technology matters including, data analytics, cyber security, innovation and entrepreneurship, and technology operations.  Mr. Fung is proven executive with over 17 years of experience in information technology management, strategic planning, and operations management. Prior to joining the Governor’s Cabinet, Mr. Fung was the CEO of a professional consulting firm, which serviced Federal focused clients such as DoD, HHS, DHS, and GSA.  Mr. Fung also served as a SCORE counselor, providing advice to small business on start-up best practices, business operations, and strategy.  Mr. Fung has been recognized as one of Washington’s top business leaders, recipient of Washington Business Journal’s Award, SmartCEO Top 100 CEOs, and named Top 40 Under 40 Business Leader.