Techtober 2015
OCTOBER 22 & 23 2015
@ the Science Museum of VA

Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 22nd
Friday, October 23rd
1:00 - 6:00 PM: Cyber workshops and capture the flag
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6:00 - 8:00 PM: Celebrate Technical Women Reception 7:00PM: Margaret McDermid Women in Tech Awards
8:00 - 9:00 AM: Registration 9:00 - 10:45 AM: Session One 10:45 - 11:00 AM: Break 11:00 - 12:45 PM: Session Two 12:45 - 1:45 PM: Lunch 1:45 - 2:15 PM: Networking Break 2:15 - 3:00 PM: Session Three

2015 speakers

  • Phaedra Boinodiris
  • Courtney Ferrell
  • Lyn McDermid
  • Lena Trudeau
  • Poornima Vijayashanker
  • Meg Whitman
  • 2014 Speakers
Phaedra Boinodiris

Phaedra Boinodiris is IBM’s global lead for serious games and gamification. With them, she has incubated a games for marketing program, a games for training program, and IBM’s first consulting practice integrating games with real data and processes to optimize high returns. Prior to IBM, she was a serial entrepreneur, and co-founded, a popular women’s gaming portal. There she started the first scholarship for women pursuing degrees in game design and development. She was honored by Women in Games International as a Top 100 Women in the Gaming Industry. In 2014, she published Serious Games for Business. Boindiris happily mentors business school students at her alma mater, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


Courtney Ferrell

An experienced and passionate innovation catalyst, Courtney Ferrell is a sought-after international speaker and creativity consultant. For the past 15 years, Courtney and her teammates have worked hard to inspire corporations and the people who run them to embrace change and fuel passion to generate new ideas. She designs and leads high-energy, interactive, story-based programs that push participants to discover what’s new. She has been a visiting professor of Innovation in Business at the University of Richmond, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and the Kaos Pilots University in Aarhus, Denmark. She has been a business thinking partner of such clients as NBC Universal, Capital One, General Mills, JP Morgan Chase, Hanes Brands Inc., GE, Mattel, Nike, United Health Group, Discovery, and American Airlines.


Lyn McDermid

No stranger to hard work, when Lyn McDermid is confronted with a challenge, she faces it head on. Not having access to college after high school, she became the first woman to join the apprentice program at Newport News Shipbuilding. She then became a building planning engineer for nuclear power plants at Stone and Webster Engineering. She went on to earn a business degree at Mary Baldwin, and later her MBA from the University of Richmond. She joined Virginia Power in 1982, holding various positions, and became their Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer in 1998. In 2001 she was named Dominion’s Senior Vice President and CIO. In 2013, she left Dominion to accept her current position as CIO of the Federal Reserve System. In 2004 she was listed in Computerworld’s list of “Premier 100 IT Leaders,” and won the 2008 Executive Women in Business Achievement Award.


Lena Trudeau

Lena Trudeau is the Practice Manager, Global Expansion, and leads those efforts for the Worldwide Public Sector division of Amazon Web Services. She works across the business to drive global growth strategy, open new sales channels, shape emerging government policies and processes, and advance strategic business opportunities. Prior to joining AWS in 2014, Lena served at the U.S. General Services Administration, where she spearheaded the creation of 18F, an in-house digital delivery team that builds effective, user centric digital services focused on the interaction between government and the people and businesses it serves. Lena also directed the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, a highly competitive program that pairs government experts with private sector entrepreneurs to tackle the nation’s biggest challenges.


Poornima Vijayashanker

Poornima Vijayashanker is the founder of Femgineer, an education startup that helps empower engineers, founders, and product leads to transform their ideas into tangible, high-impact products. She is also a Venture Partner at 500 Startups, where she advises startup companies on product development, technical recruiting, customer acquisition, and fundraising. She was the founding engineer at, where she helped build, launch, and scale the product. She holds degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science from Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, where she is a lecturer.


Meg Whitman

Hewlitt-Packard CEO Meg Whitman is preparing to oversee the company’s historic split into two publicly traded companies. She will lead the new HP Enterprise, which will handle business hardware and services. As CEO, she led the March acquisition of wireless networking firm Aruba Networks for $2.7 billion. Whitman has worked with Hasbro, the Walt Disney Company, and Bain & Company. She also currently serves on the Board of Procter & Gamble. A graduate of Princeton, she also has her MBA from Harvard.


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This year we’ve added a new awards program, and we’re honored to name it after someone who has had a direct and massive impact on Central Virginia’s tech economy, Virginia’s image across the country, opportunities for women and young people in technology, and most especially our continued growth as an organization. It is with great pleasure that we announce the Margaret Lyn McDermid Awards for Outstanding Women in Technology. Now we need your nominations. Click the links to make your nomination.

Breakthrough Technology is awarded to an individual whose work developed new technology applications and/or whose creative use of existing technology enhanced processes, methodologies, and/or services to benefit the organization.

Impact on Community is awarded to the individual that has made a significant impact in the growth, enhancement, education, and promotion of technology in central Virginia, and/or has made a positive contribution to women in technology.

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