Earth Day Tech Summit to Highlight Data Science, Digital Transformation, and Climate Security

Season's Greatings
Season’s Greatings

WASHINGTON—The seventh annual Earth Day Tech Summit, CyberEarth23, convenes Saturday, April 22, 2023. This year’s annual community STEM event is co-hosted by Octo Consulting Group (Octo), H.O.P.E. Project DC (HOPE), and BDPA-DC at Octo’s oLabs™ Innovation Center in Reston, VA.


oLabs™ is Octo’s innovation center where cross-functional teams of engineers, academics, technologists, thought leaders, and domain experts rapidly prototype emerging technology solutions for the US Government’s intractable problems.

(Above) Howard University Computer Science and Business School student members of #HUHacks Hack-A-Thon attend #CyberEarth17 in Washington, D.C. Photo credit: bdpatoday® ©2017 • Select here to view 2017 #HUHacks ‘Sizzle Reel’

CyberEarth™ presents round-table discussions and fire-side workshops with industry’s mission-partners, small businesses, HOPE Alumni, BDPA Members and Student Members, transitioning veterans, returning citizens, graduate students, and general audiences to discuss emerging technologies transcending Air, Land, Sea, Space, and Cyber domains.

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According to The Motley Fool, IBM predicts AI has the potential to add around $16 trillion to the global economy before 2030. The company’s focus is helping its large base of enterprise customers use AI to improve productivity, boost efficiency, and lower costs.

NOAA's Dr. DaNa Carlis
(Above) Howard University alumnus Dr. DaNa Carlis, delivered a geospatial technology overview of NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES), high performance computing (HPC), and advanced weather modeling to Earth Day Tech Summit attendees and students during CyberEarth17. Last month, Dr. Carlis was named director of NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory. Photo credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

— Sources: BDPA, HOPE Project D.C., NOAA, and Octo (an IBM Company)

About CyberEarth™

► BDPA of Greater Washington, D.C. (, an information and communications technology (ICT) local community trade association chartered in 1978 by BDPA, launched an Earth Day themed technology and cyber career summit in 2017 (#CyberEarth17) with In3DC at Howard University. This annual community tech summit allows young IT professionals and those interested in ICT career opportunities currently attending College, Community College, Vocational Technology, High School, JROTC, and GED programs, to establish new relationships, launch tech start-ups, and partner with Industry.

Participating industry and government executives, information technology (IT) experts, and cybersecurity professionals serving as mentors or presenters are invited each year to present round-table or fire-side workshops with regional mission-partners to new BDPA Student Members, transitioning veterans, returning citizens, graduate students, and general audiences to discuss emerging technologies across Air, Land, Sea, Space, and Cyber domains.

(Above) NOAA’s Dr. DaNa Carlis with BDPA’s 2019 High School Computer Competition (HSCC) national coding championship team from BDPA Greater Washington D.C.

CyberEarth™ inaugural mission partners and government agencies included BDPA, CSRA [GDIT], DC-SBDC, DOD, FEMA, George Mason University (GMU), Howard University, In3DC, Intel Corporation, NOAA, NSA, and Wells Fargo.

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