Connecting your CIO to your Future: HackCville

Kaitlyn Diaz – November 27th, 2017

Want to learn how HackCville can help you gain leadership skills? This blog series, featuring Andy Page, can help you think about how you might be able to connect your student involvement to your career development. Andy studied Commerce at the University of Virginia with concentrations in Marketing and IT and is now the Launch Director of HackCville. Read on to learn Andy’s journey with HackCville.


What is the benefit of joining HackCville?

At HackCville we train students in high-demand skills, accelerate their ideas, and connect them to jobs, opportunities, and a tight-knit community. We offer semester and summer programs that teach students skills in web design, software engineering, photography, videography, marketing, data science, and more. There are two things that I think are the most important that come from being a part of HackCville:

  1. You become a part of an awesome 400+ person community. Everyone in HackCville is awesome. I’d give HackCville credit for most of the friendships I’ve formed at UVA.
  2. You learn a lot of stuff. HackCville is really good at teaching things that UVA either doesn’t offer in classes, or just doesn’t teach particularly well.

What is your current role and overall experience of being involved in HackCville? How have you achieved, or hope to attain personal development?

I am the current Launch Director, meaning I’m in charge of the summer program that we run. I joined HackCville as a shy and dorky first-semester first year and joined HackCville’s first ever program - Hustle. Over the years I’ve worked my way around the organization, running the public events team, leading a program, etc. Being on staff of HackCville has given me a lot of experience leading teams and has made me a much more confident person in general.

What are some transferrable skills gained from being a member of HackCville that can be mentioned in a resume or interview?

Besides the hard skills that students pick up in through their program, they will also learn many of the following transferable skills/competencies:

  • Self-awareness
  • Effective leadership
  • Accountability
  • Public speaking
  • Interpersonal intelligence

How does HackCville help undergraduate students explore?

We do a lot for this. We match students with mentors through our mentorship matching process. We take students on trips to NYC, DC, Austin, SF, and RVA so that they can explore tech and startup companies there and get an idea of what professional life is like in those cities. Finally, each semester we host 30+ talks from professionals in all kinds of industries.

What advice/information would you give to UVA students interested in exploring HackCville? What is the time commitment?

Do it! Joining HackCville once one of the best decisions I’ve made in my entire life. We accept new students into our Fall and Spring programs at the beginning of each semester. To be in a HackCville program requires about 5 hours per week.

What general advice do you have for students who are uncertain in what they want to get involved in? How can they start exploring?

Join as many things as possible in as diverse fields as possible. My first semester at UVA, I joined 8 CIOs and then I just continued to drop a few each semester that I wasn’t interested in but increase my involvement in ones that I enjoyed the most. A lot of people who try this are often surprised by the ones that they end up sticking with.


Contact Andy at andy@hackcville.com with any questions about getting involved.