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Genius Lab to host 2015 Hour of Code on St. Croix and St. Thomas

Hidden Genius Project VI presented Hour of Code to 24 students on St. Croix

Hidden Genius Project VI presented Hour of Code to 24 students on St. Croix

(U.S. Virgin Islands) – In celebration of Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13, 2015) the Hour of Code will be hosted by ‪‎Genius Lab for 5th-12th graders on St. Croix and St. Thomas Friday Dec. 11 from 3:30-4:45pm on St. Croix at the Department of Labor PCC and on St. Thomas at the Charles W. Turnbull Library PCC. The event will also be streamed live via

The Genius Lab is a program that was developed to be a conduit through which young people in the US Virgin Islands can access technology resources, a talent accelerator and an outlet for expression. The program serves youth ages 12 -17 years of age, and is a platform that connects them to real opportunities while delivering real world experiences for them to develop and grow.

Coordinator Alexis George states, “I am looking forward to making this another historic moment as we forge our way forward with the transformation of the Virgin Islands into the tech center of the Caribbean. The Hour Of Code is a Hallmark International Event that we will capitalize on to bring attention to these Islands.”

George previously hosted 24 students on St. Croix for an Hour of Code event in 2014 and asserts, “The aim this year is to double our numbers from last year!”

Space is limited, and 5th-12th graders are invited to sign up quickly to take part. For more information or to register, contact Genius Lab (310) 218-6924 or email



About vingn

The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) was established in 2010 as a public corporation; it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority. viNGN was funded primarily from an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant made by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) as part of a federal program to improve the broadband capacity in the United States, its territories, and the District of Columbia. The program is called the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). For more information regarding viNGN, call (340) 715-8581, or visit


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