Reston Companies Top Northern Virginia Technology Council’s ‘Tech 100’

(Editor’s note: This story was updated at 1:30 p.m. to include more information about the selection process for “Tech 100.”)

More than a quarter of companies selected for the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s inaugural “Tech 100” call Reston or Herndon home.

The companies span a variety of categories — cyber, software, IT services, artificial intelligence, genomics, health IT — in order to represent growing sectors in the region’s technology corridor.

“The NVTC Tech 100 is composed of companies and individuals who are driving tech innovation, implementing new solutions for their customers and leading growth in the greater Washington region,” Eileen Filler-Corn, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates representing Fairfax County, tweeted today.

The nomination period ran from Sept. 19 to Oct. 19, with the requirement that nominees must have a location in the Northern Virginia region, according to Allison Gilmore, vice president of NVTC’s Communications and Strategic Initiatives. An independent panel of judges reviewed and selected the nominations.

Out of the 85 companies chosen, 17 have headquarters in Reston and six are based in Herndon.

The Reston-based companies are the following:

Companies headquartered in Herndon include:

The roundup included companies that have locations in Reston, including ArdentMCDecisiv and Digital RealtyForcepoint, which has an office in Herndon, also made the list.

“Tech 100” also featured more than a dozen executives. Judy Bjornaas from Herndon-based ManTech, Matthew Calkins from Appian in Reston and Stu Shea from Peraton made the cut.

A party at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner at 6 p.m. tonight will celebrate the Tech 100.

Images via the Northern Virginia Technology Council

This story has been updated

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Tuesday Morning Notes

#GivingTuesday is today — In the spirit of season, The Connection has rounded up places to drop off clothing and food donations in the area. [The Connection]

Work off the Thanksgiving feast — Reston Runners plans to meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. for a 50-minute workout at the Onelife Fitness gym in Isaac Newton Square. [Reston Runners]

Ways to end “wishful recycling” — These five tips are meant to help residents stop throwing trash in the recycling bin. [Fairfax County]

Reston-based Virid makes Tech 100 list — The 2018 Northern Virginia Technology Council last week listed Virid, which provides eCommerce solutions for growing retail brands, in its top 100 tech companies of the year. [Northern Virginia Technology Council]

Flickr pool photo via Reston2020

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Presidential Candidate Scott Walker to Headline Reston Event

Scott Walker/Courtesy Scott Walker for America(Updated at 7:10 p.m.) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a former Republican presidential candidate, will headline the The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) and Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Presidential Series Breakfast in Reston this week.

Walker will speak on his proposed technology policies and discuss how he will work with the technology sector in his presidency.

NVTC and CEA said they have extended invitations to other potential Democrat and Republican presidential candidates to address the region’s technology community as part of the Presidential Series. More events will be announced as candidates and dates are confirmed.

The event is Friday, Sept. 25, 8 to 9:15 a.m. (registration and networking begin at 7 a.m.) at the Hyatt Regency Reston, 1800 Presidents Street.

To register and purchase tickets, visit the NVTC website.

Walker is currently polling at about 2 percent, according to a recent New York Times/CBS News Poll. That puts him near the bottom of the field of Republican candidates. Prior to the first Republican debate, in August, Walker had been at about 10 percent.

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Justice Ginsburg Holds Court With Northern Virginia Technology Council

Ruth Bader Ginsburg at NVTC Event in Reston/Credit: David Kidd/NVTC

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg talked about term limits, work-life balance and court decisions as the featured speaker at the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Tech Titans Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency Reston on Tuesday.

Ginsburg, who did an informal Q and A with former Solicitor General Ted Olson and also took questions from the audience, also talked about how far women have advanced since she became a Supreme Court justice 20 years ago, about how the court decides which cases to hear, and about how the justices respect one another professionally.

Said Justice Ginsburg about conservative Justice Antonin Scalia: “When I first met him I disagreed with everything he said, but he was utterly captivating.”

Among the other topics discussed:

* Term limits for justices, who are appointed for life.

“I think one should stay as long as she can do the job,” she said. “At my age [80] you take it year by year. I am OK this year.”

Justice Ginsburg pointed out that Article 3 of the U.S. Constitution says Justice shall “hold their offices during good behavior.”

“In some parts of the world I would have been gone years ago as there is a mandatory retirement age,” she said. “But it would take a constitutional amendment to change that, and our constitution is powerfully hard to amend as any proponent of the Equal Rights Amendment or Statehood for D.C. knows.”

* Are corporations people? The Supreme Court’s Citizens United case and 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney famously said they are. Ginsburg elaborated.

“Corporations count as a person for some purposes and not for others,” she said. “Corporations don’t march to the polls to cast their ballot. Sometimes they are considered persons, an entity is entitled to due process just as an individual is. The same is true for equal protection. We will continue to have questions to the extent whether a corporation is person or an artificial entity.”

* Work-life balance for women. Justice Ginsburg said her most important asset — a supportive husband. Ginsburg was married to fellow lawyer Martin Ginsburg for 56 years before his death in 2010.

“I have two children and they are 10 years apart,” said Justice Ginsburg. “When my daughter was at school, it was unusual to have a working mom. Ten years later, when my son was in school in the late 1960s, there had been a tremendous transformation. But the greatest asset is to have a supportive spouse — someone who thinks your work is as important as his. “

Photot: David Kidd/NVTC

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