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The following stories appeared on the Potomac KnowledgeWay's Regional News page during May 1997.

All links within stories are verified at the time of publication, but some may have changed or no longer be available.

Placing Graduates from Ballou

May 30, 1997 - The Washington Technology Initiative and the Foundation for Educational Innovation recently collaborated for the Ballou CNA Project. The project is a training program designed to certify students in Novell and prepare them for professional work in the corporate environment. On May 27th, 17 seniors from Ballou Senior High School in Washington, D.C. were certified as Certified Novell Administrators (CNA) for completing a 12-month training program. In addition, the students were taught computer troubleshooting, data entry and graphics and are available for work in June. Please e-mail Archie Prioleau for information on hiring one or more of these students.

Recognizing Women Entrepreneurs

May 29, 1997 - In recognition of the contributions women businessowners make to the economy each year, Women's Connection Online will feature "The Focus On: Small Business" during June. The feature will begin in conjunction with Small Business Week, June 1-8, 1997. The program will feature articles on business issues, such as managing marketing and public relations and online discussions including financing and starting a small business. In addition, visitors may have a chance to win a copy of The Millionaire Next Door which discusses small business owners in America and offers advice for increasing personal wealth.

Government Statistics Online

May 28, 1997 - The U.S. Government recently launched the FedStats Web site. FedStats allows visitors to view federal statistics from more than 70 federal agencies. Statistics available include environmental information to international comparisons to foreign direct investment. Features of the site include a keyword search for information from selected government agencies; regional statistics for geographical information; and "Fast Facts" Web links which enables users to obtain economic and social statistics. In addition, the site includes an online version of frequently requested tables from the Federal reference book, "Statistical Abstract of the United States."

Human-Computer Interaction Event

May 27, 1997 - Industry leaders and graduate students in human-computer interaction will demonstrate developments in user interface design to support universal access at the University of Maryland Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory's 14th Annual Symposium & Open House, Friday, May 30th. Entitled, "Computers and Humans Beyond Deep Blue," the symposium and open house will highglight recent research and developments in user interface design including visual digital libraries, medical records management and educational technology for the Library of Congress, NASA, IBM, Baltimore Learning Communities and National Science Foundation. For more information and to register, e-mail Cecilia Kullman.

Area Firm Honored with Award

May 23, 1997 - Telogy Networks, Inc., based in Germantown, Maryland, was awarded the "Best of CT Expo '97", at a recent telephony computer show in Los Angeles. Teleconnect Magazine selected Telogy's Golden Gateway™ Voice over Packet as one of the top, hot products out of more than 500 exhibitors. Golden Gateway includes voice and real-time fax processing; telephony signaling and connection management; and network management products, each of which is ready to embed in telecom/datacom equipment. Visit Telogy's Web site for more information.

The Second Wave of the Internet

May 23, 1997 - The University of Maryland (UMD) was recently named as the GigaPoP for the Internet2 (I2) Project for the state of Maryland. A gigaPoP is a "Point-of-Presence" where institutions connect to share high-bandwith communications; gigaPoPs throughout the country will connect to form I2. I2's mission is to coordinate the development, deployment, operation and technology transfer of network-based applications and services to further U.S. leadership in research and higher education. I2 is a joint effort among member universities, such as UMD, working with private member companies and non-profit organizations.

Government Information Via Usenet

May 22, 1997 - The International GovNews Project recently announced a government category on the Internet's Usenet news system which will lay the groundwork for wide range electronic circulation and discussion of public government information. GovNews will be distributed through Internet servers throughout the U.S. and develops opportunities for public participation and discussion of government news, while providing for citizen feedback to government administrators. In addition, schools, businesses and households without powerful computers and high-speed connections will be able to use less complex systems for rapid access to federal information through servers located in their communities. Visit GovNews' Web site for more information and information on how to participate.

Call for Volunteer Judges

May 21, 1997 - The Technology Student Association (TSA) is looking for volunteers in the business and IT community to serve as judges during their National Conference. By serving as a judge, volunteers may share their expertise in a variety of fields including technology problem-solving, desktop publishing and aerospace technology. Approximately 2,500 students will compete in technology events, attend meetings and workshops, and learn about recent developments in technology. TSA's mission is to prepare technology students for work force challenges by promoting technological literacy, leadership and problem-solving. Visit TSA's Web site for more information and to volunteer.

Take A Virtual Stand

May 20, 1997 - Stand for Children's virtual campaign will run from May 25 to June 7. The campaign includes stories on the work of Children's Action Teams throughout the country; a section for children to share their wishes for the future; and an e-mail pledge for healthy children. For every e-mail received, a contribution will be made towards a scholarship fund for young people who have beaten the odds to become leaders and achieved academic excellence. During the two week campaign, organizations are encouraged to place a Stand for Children bannerad on their Web sites. Stand For Children is a national organization whose mission is to build and support a network of local children's activists engaging in direct service and advocacy initiatives for children. For more information, and to make an e-mail petition, visit the Stand for Children Web site.

Local Entrepreneurs Honored

May 20, 1997 - Area entrepreneurs were recently recognized at the Greater Washington Region High Tech Awards. Mario Morino, founder of the Morino Institute and the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, received the 1997 Community Leadership Award for his commitment and contribution to the overall development of the Greater Washington area and the high-tech community. The KPMG Peat Marwick LLP High Tech Entrepreneur Award, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of technology, was presented to:

Other awards presented included the:
  • Northern Virginia Technology Council's Earle C. Williams Leadership in Technology Award to Robert G. Templin, Jr., president of Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology, for his contributions to the growth of the technology business community in Northern Virginia.
  • High Technology Council of Maryland's Leadership in Technology Award to Noel Buterbaugh, president and CEO of BioWhittaker, Inc., for his contributions to the growth and development of the Maryland technology business community.
  • Association for Corporate Growth's Technificence Award to UUNet Technologies, Inc. for their growing stature in technology-related industries.

Interact with the Beltway Barons

May 16, 1997 - The Morino Institute and TECHCapital magazine will present a Potomac KnowledgeWay Netpreneur Program event entitled, "An Evening with the Barons." The event will feature four original pioneers of netpreneurship: Jim Kimsey, founder of America Online; Mario Morino, founder of Legent Corp.; Bill Melton, founder of CyberCash; and Russ Ramsey, co-founder of Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. These executives were recently featured in the inaugural issue of TECHCapital, a publication on business and finance for Greater Washington's high-tech community. The event, scheduled for Thursday, June 12th, will provide an opportunity to learn about the expanding role of netpreneurs in the digital economy and to have questions answered about starting and succeeding in a netpreneurial endeavor. Visit the Netpreneur Program's Web site for more information and to register for the event.

Test Your Net-Savvy

May 15, 1997 - MCI's "The Great American Net Test" is half-way through the testing period. The Net test will run through July 4th and participants may take the test up to ten times. The test, which is designed to test and score people's ability to navigate and use the Internet, includes multiple choice questions in five categories: pop culture; geography; arts and literature; and science and technology. All individual scores will be divided into categories to obtain a national American Net Test average. This program is part of MCI's nationwide effort to enhance education through technology.

Research Reports Online

May 14, 1997 - Wheat First Butcher Singer now offers research reports online. The Research Department provides coverage and analysis of over 300 companies in six industry areas including information technology, communications and real estate in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. Visitors may view and print a sampling research reports which contain information on individual companies and interpretations of financial results and investment considerations. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Wheat First Butcher Singer provides financial advice, securities brokerage, investment banking, and asset-management services.

Local Innovators Recognized

May 13, 1997 - President Clinton recently awarded the National Medal of Technology to a team of regional innovators. Vinton Cray Cerf, senior vice president of Data Architecture at MCI and Robert E. Kahn, President of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives received the award for their work in creating and sustaining the growth of internetworking which led to the development of the Internet. The National Medal of Technology recognizes technological innovators who have made lasting contributions to enhancing the country's competitiveness and standard of living through the establishment of new or significantly improved products, processes or services.

Career Building Resource

May 12, 1997 - NetStart, Inc., based in Reston, Virginia, recently redesigned the CareerBuilder Web site. A new feature on the site is AchieveTM, CareerBuilder's monthly online career magazine. The e-zine includes articles on career advancement, workplace ethics and career/lifestyle balance and related topics. In addition, visitors may register their own personal search agent which matches job-seekers with job-postings or join online discussions with professionals, career experts and other job seekers. CareerBuilder offers career advice, links to other job-related Web sites and includes a salary calculator which compares the cost of living in different cities across the country.

Congress' Information on the Net

May 9, 1997 - CapWeb recently partnered with Net.Capitol to bring 'netizens' an online guide to Congress. The site includes articles from The Hill newspaper and links such as CitizenDirect, an electronic forum between Americans and Congress. In addition, the site includes a listing of links to online campaigns, party organizations and other political lists. Net.Capitol, based in Washington, D.C., is a company which provides IT solutions for the government and its organizations.

Database-Web Integration

May 8, 1997 - WestLake Solutions, Inc. recently introduced a training course designed to integrate corporate databases with Internet and Intranet Web sites. The Introduction to Web-to-Database Integration with Perl 5 training shows how information such as financial data, product inventory and human resources information can be made accessible through Web sites allowing management, employees and customers to manage the database information. WestLake Solutions, Inc., based in Washington, D.C., is a provider of Internet and Web site development training. Visit WestLake's Web site for more information and to register for the course.

Mothers' Actions Recognized

May 6, 1997 - In a special Mother's Day series, Women's Connection Online (WCO) will recognize women who turned personal triumphs and tragedies into community action in, "Mothers Who've Taken Action". The 16 women profiled have started organizations or became key contributors to them by creating a place to get information, share experiences and bring attention to issues such as child violence, medical, environmental and child pornogrophy. In addition to the women profiled, the feature includes testimonials and information on the organizations they represent. WCO, based in McLean, Virginia, offers women business owners and professional businesswomen information, networking opportunities and interaction with companies targeting the women's market.

Potomac Mills Under 30 Seconds

May 6, 1997 - Nascent Technologies, Inc. and Digital City-Washington recently announced the launch of the redesigned Web site for Potomac Mills Mall. The site includes a directory of stores, a listing of current sales and a schedule of the shuttle bus service. In addition, the site includes information on the concept behind Potomac Mills and other outlet malls. Nascent Technologies, Inc., based in Reston, Virginia, provides life-cycle Internet development and strategic consulting services.

Terrorism Information on the Web

May 5, 1997 - The Terrorism Research Center (TRC) is dedicated to informing the public of the phenomena of terrorism and information warfare. Their Web site features monthly essays on current issues, and links to other terrorism and information warfare related sites. In addition, visitors may participate in TRC's forums that are dedicated to the discussion of counter-terrorism and information warfare.

IPO Seminar

May 2, 1997 - The Potomac KnowledgeWay Netpreneur Program and Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co., Inc. (FBR) are sponsoring a breakfast seminar to discuss the IPO process. Topics include syndicate and market making; the importance of research coverage; the investor perspective; venture capital and pre-IPO financing; and the CFO perspective. The seminar will be on Tuesday, May 6, 1997 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency at Reston Town Center. For more information on speakers or to register, please contact Christina Souliotis at or call her at 703-312-9670.

Virtual Zoo

May 2, 1997 - The Virtual Zoo provides information on over 26 animals spanning five classes and includes animal-related links,. In addition, the site includes a Kids Zoo where children can vote to name the baby animals profiled online and print out pictures of different animals to color from the 'coloring book'. Visitors may also access information on endangered species. Visit the Virtual Zoo for more information.

Virtual Conference

May 1, 1997 - The Center for Civic Networking recently launched their Web site, CivicNet. In May, CivicNet will host a virtual Web conference entitled, "The Spirit of Community Network - A Virtual Event on the Web". The conference will enable participants to learn different strategies including how to identify socially responsible consumer markets; how to partner with nonprofit organizations, commercial firms and government; and how to develop practical skills-building strategies. Visit CivicNet for specific program information and to register for the virtual event. CivicNet is a grassroots initiative that uses the information infrastructure to support citizens' needs for both information and connection. Metasystems Design Group, of Arlington, Virginia, is one of the organizers of CivicNet.

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