Spotlight on Information Technology
VTHacks' October 1, 2014
"VTHacks'" inaugural hackathon took place in April of this year. Modeled after popular hackathon events proliferating across the east coast of the U.S., participants are challenged to develop innovative ideas for software and hardware development. These events promote applied creativity through intensive collaboration and experimentation over 36 hours, during which participants compete in teams of 2-4 people to develop new ideas, or “hacks.”
VTHacks was organized by Virginia Tech Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science students. In collaboration with Information Technology and other university and private partners, the 450-plus attendees last spring were able to work on a Gigabit wireless network and Ethernet connections. Future events also plan to rely on Information Technology to assist with network access, mentoring, and expertise.
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The mission of Virginia Tech's Information Technology organization (IT) is to serve the university community and the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia by applying and integrating information resources to:
- Enhance and support instruction, teaching and learning;
- Participate in, support and enhance research;
- Foster outreach, develop partnerships with communities and promote the capabilities of advanced networking and communications;
- Provide, secure, and maintain systems allowing the university to accomplish its missions.
Oversight of the security of university information technology resources and information is entrusted to the Vice President for Information Technology by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors »
The Current Information Technology Annual Report describes the organization’s accomplishments for the 2013-2014 year.
The computing.vt.edu website provides information on IT services.