ISC Announces Loudoun County Public School Challenge – October 22

The Innovative Solutions Consortium (ISC) has partnered up with the Loudon County Department of Economic Development and Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce to hold the LCPS Challenge Event. The ISC will use its open innovation process to bring in potential solutions from around the world. The top Finalists will compete on October 22nd, demonstrating how their solution will help Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS). It is our goal to bring the best solutions to the county we call home.

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Join Jivango (free), add in either the Innovative Solutions Consortium (for Industry) or Loudoun County Public Schools (for Students) and register for the desired Discovery. Review instructions on how to sign up for Jivango and apply to participate in the LCPS Challenge.

WHEN: Oct 22, 2015 1:00-5:30pm, followed by networking social

WHERE: National Conference Center, 18980 Upper Belmont Pl, Leesburg, VA 20176

$30, with 50% of all proceeds donated to educational causes
Free to all government employees and academia (must sign up to be an ISC Member to verify government/academia credentials)

The LCPS Challenge has been designed to bring innovative technologies and strategies to LCPS to help solve some of the school system’s “hard-to-solve” problems. After conducting research, interviews, and one-on-one discussions, we’ve identified 4 main areas:

  • Safety and Security
  • Administrative Decision Support Systems
  • Developing the 21st Century Classroom
  • Technology and Tools to Support Education Solutions

Keynote Speakers:

  • Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Dr. David A. Bray, 2015 Eisenhower Fellow and Chief Information Officer of the Federal Communications Commission


  • Dr. Eric Williams, Superintendent of Loudoun County Public Schools
  • Mark Espera, Vice President, Government Relations at Raytheon

Masters of Ceremonies:

  • Josh Knight, Meteorologist, ABC7News, WJLA-TV
  • Doug Corbett, Voice Talent, Doug Corbett Voice


  • Dr. Eric Williams, Superintendent of Loudoun County Public Schools
  • Dr. Kevin Brown, Chief Scientist, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate
  • Dr. Ali Eskandrian, Dean of George Washington University’s Virginia’s Science & Technology Campus
  • Rob Powell, Cyber Security Program Manager, National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), Office of the Chief Information Officer
  • Eric Hornberger, Chairman of the Loudoun County School Board
  • Heather Pospichel, People Strategy and Excellence, National Security Group, Microsoft Corporation
  • Rick Gordon, Managing Partner/Venture Capital Investor at MACH 37 Cyber Security Accelerator
  • Martin Kaszubowski, Executive Director of Old Dominion University’s Enterprise Center for Innovation
  • David Ihrie, Chief Technology Officer, Center for Innovative Technology
  • Hassane Bouhia, Corporate Strategy & Development Executive, Internet of Things, Verizon
  • Brett Scarborough, Fed-Civ and Commercial Cyber Business & Strategy, Cyber & Special Missions, Raytheon


  • VIPs will include government, school, and industry experts. A full list will be release shortly.

Learn more about our Sponsorship Levels and how you can get involved in supporting this exciting event. Contact Steve Hargan at or by phone at (703) 298-9617 for more information.

Industry Finalists:
The following organizations will be demonstrating their technology at the LCPS Challenge, Oct. 22nd in front of the panel of judges and all attendees in a “Technology Showdown.” Each finalist will have 5 minutes and then answer a few questions in this fast-pace race to determine which solutions are the Most Innovative and the Most Disruptive. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the Event. Attendees will also have an opportunity to visit both the Finalists and Runners-Up at booths at the Event to learn more about their solutions.

Safety & Cybersecurity:

  • Omnilert, “e2Campus Scenarios”
  • Haystax, “LCPS Integrated Situational Awareness Solution”
  • Amora Lifestyle Wearables, “Wearable Personal Security & Integrated Student ID Cards”
  • Patrocinium Systems, LLC, “ArcAngel Situational Awareness and Common Operating Picture”

Decision Support Systems:

  • Crimson Advisory Group, LLC, “Social Media Exploitation for Longitudinal Studies and Job Market Predictions”

21st Century Classrooms:

  • Extreme Networks, “Purview-Layer 7 Integrated Student Learning Analytics Tool”
  • Dan Johnson, a private citizen, “Teacher Attention Units: A new way to measure class size and teacher workload” (Honorable Mention for his innovative approach and willingness to donate his time as a private citizen to improve public schools)

Tools & Technology to Support 21st Century Education:

These are companies that had innovative technologies that the ISC felt would enhance LCPS, but didn’t quite solve for the identified issues for the LCPS Challenge. It is the intention of LCPS to tackle a new list of challenges every year. To share these creative approaches, we’ve invited them to have booths at the LCPS Challenge for all attendees to visit.

LCPS Technology Challenge Fair:

Mark Your Calendars…On March 12, 2016 students will be displaying their prototypes for these Challenge Areas in a science fair style event. Students in elementary school, middle school, high school, and college are invited to participate and compete to win the Future Innovators Awards. Student Teams will be working together to design creative solutions for the same issues identified by LCPS as organizations will on Oct. 22. We anticipate that the students will identify new and novel approaches that have yet to be even considered.