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Richmond IT Consultancy Raises $32,000 in Support of Computer Science Education
Solvaria’s Annual Betting Big on Tech Charity Casino Night Has Raised $78,000 in Donations for CodeVA Over Three Years
December 2, 2019
Richmond, Va., – Solvaria, Richmond’s only IT consultancy focused exclusively on data services and strategic IT leadership, is proud to announce a $32,000 donation to CodeVA through its Betting Big on Tech Third Annual Charity Casino Night initiative. CodeVa is a nonprofit organization that, through advocacy, teacher training, and direct student programs, partners with schools, parents, and communities to bring equitable computer science education to all of Virginia’s students.
Betting Big on Tech is an annual charity casino night that brings together Richmond’s technology community, lawmakers, and teachers in support of equitable computer science education in Virginia classrooms. Solvaria started Betting Big on Tech in 2017, with the goal of making a $20,000 donation to CodeVA. Through the support and sponsorships from more than two dozen Richmond-based companies, Solvaria has been able to exceed that goal every year and donate more than $78,000 to CodeVa in the past three years. Notable sponsors in 2019 include Facebook, Altria, Capital One and CapGemini.
Using the donations from Betting Big on Tech, CodeVa has been able to make a tangible impact to schools across the state through various initiatives including, training a cohort of teachers for the K5 Computer Science Coach Program and by offering summer scholarships for more than 300 students annually, nearly half of which were girls.
For details and full list of 2019 sponsors, visit http://info.solvaria.com/betting-big-on-tech-2019.
To view photos of the event, visit http://blog.solvaria.com/bettingbigontech2019recap.
“Being able to see how much Betting Big on Tech has grown in the past three years and how much Richmond’s IT community has been able to raise for CodeVa is remarkable,” said Greg Samuels, CEO at Solvaria. “We are proud to host an event that brings so many people together to support this important cause.”
“In just three years, Betting Big On Tech has raised more than $78,000 toward CodeVA’s mission to bring meaningful computer science literacy to all Virginia learners,” said Chris Dovi, Executive Director at CodeVa. It’s been a wonderful way of connecting our technology community to classroom impact.”
Solvaria is a boutique IT consulting firm leveraging technology experts to support the two most important pieces of a business – its data and its people. Solvaria is comprised of the region’s top talent in IT, including exclusively-senior level database experts, data scientists, former Chief Information and Technology Officers, all of whom are laser focused on providing customers with IT solutions geared to drive business forward.
CodeVA is a 501c3 nonprofit that advocates for computer science K-12 education. It also provides free teacher professional development and curricular support to all state school divisions, and delivers direct student programming through arts and music-integrated computer science summer camps. Through a partnership with Virginia Tourism Commission, CodeVA also administers the “Virginia is for Computer Science Lovers” public awareness campaign. To date, CodeVA has impacted more than 21,000 high school students through year-long course instruction by the computer science teachers that it has trained. Its elementary teacher training has impacted more than 100,000 students. In 2016, CodeVA wrote and advocated for Virginia’s passage of the nation’s first Computer Science for All legislation that mandates Computer Science and Computational thinking, to include coding, as a core subject for all Virginia students from Kindergarten through 12th grade.
Director of Marketing, Solvaria