Live Event Support for NSF 2018 Spring Grants Conference

The National Science Foundation (NSF) was established in 1950 with the mission “To promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense; and for other purposes.”  The NSF does this, in part, by awarding grants to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, science organizations and other research organizations throughout the U.S.  The NSF receives and reviews about 40,000 proposals for research and education projects each year, funding approximately 11,000 at nearly $130 billion in total annually.

Twice a year, NSF representatives and college and university faculty, researchers, and grant administrators attend NSF’s two-day grants conferences, where they participate in informative presentations and discussions about funding, the proposal process, new programs and initiatives, and more.  On June 4-5, NSF held its 2018 Spring Grants Conference in Detroit, and NCC had the privilege to be there to provide comprehensive live event and logistical support for the entirety of the event.

Conference roomNCC’s associates were on hand to assist and coordinate in several logistical areas.  These included sign-in and registration for roughly 400 attendees; navigation assistance throughout conference venue; answering miscellaneous questions about the local area and event; and performing setup and breakdown of tables, signs, and items.

While conference participants attended informative presentations and met with NSF staff to learn about new NSF-funded research programs and initiatives crucial to shaping scientific research and development, our team was focused on enabling communication and collaboration.

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Our relationship with NSF goes back nearly a decade, and we have been pleased to support past NSF Grant Conferences including the 2016 Fall conference in Pittsburgh and the 2017 Spring conference in Louisville, in addition to live event support for the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) Orientation, the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), and several other events.

We were honored to support NSF’s Spring Grants Conference, and we look forward to partnering with NSF in the achievement of their mission.

Video Production Support for HHS Broadcast Communications

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In early 2016, NCC was honored to begin a contract supporting the HHS Broadcast Communications Division’s broadcast studio, video production, and live events.  Since that time we have produced hundreds of videos ranging from former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign to the devastation from last year’s hurricanes in Texas and Florida.

Our HHS Broadcast team takes tremendous pride in bring the stories being told by the people in front of the camera to life, whether it be through the addition of a certain piece of music, the camera angles utilized, the sequencing of images or segments of video, or other editing nuances.

Most of the productions are done in short turnaround, typically one to three days.  Examples of these include I AM HHS and Opioid videos with the HHS Secretary and Surgeon General (the latter of which were shot, produced, and cut in a day).  Other projects can take as long as six months to complete.

Every employee on our HHS Broadcast team plays a unique role, and they meet as a group to plan for each project before production commences.  According to one of our video editors, “We get the best product when we all put our heads together to come up with creative ideas…it takes a village to make a great video.”

As you’ll see from the variety of videos below, the HHS Broadcast team has succeeded in telling the stories and conveying the messages of the people whom are the subjects of those productions.  NCC is grateful to have such a talented team at the HHS Broadcast Communication Division, as they do their  part in enabling communication and collaboration for our customers.

 

NCC is ISO 9001:2015 Certified

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NCC is proud to announce we have been certified to the ISO 9001:2015 standard.  Since our inception in 2002, we provided our customers in the public and private sector with the highest quality services and solutions.  Our ISO certification demonstrates our ongoing commitment to continuous improvement as we meet or exceed our customers’ expectations for service.

We are privileged to have been enabling communication and collaboration for our customers for more than 16 years, and look forward to delivering the consistent quality service and support that they have come to expect for years to come.

NCC Celebrates Small Business Month

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NCC is pleased to celebrate National Small Business Month, which has taken place every May since 1963.  National Small Business Month recognizes the major impact and achievements made by America’s small businesses, which employ more than half of the workers in the U.S.

NCC was recognized as an SBA-certified 8(a) small business shortly after our founding in 2002.  After tremendous growth in numbers of employees and customers for more than a decade, we officially graduated from the 8(a) program on June 30, 2014.  After graduating from 8(a), we have remained committed to enabling communication and collaboration for our customers and supporting a variety of local organizations.  Now, in our new McLean, VA offices, we are thrilled to be part of a blossoming community that is home to a number of thriving small business.

NCC is happy to celebrate Small Business Month, and we encourage you to take a moment to appreciate the significant contributions that thousands of small businesses – like NCC – have made in a variety of industries across the country.

NCC to Serve as Sponsor for NIH Children’s Inn’s An Evening for Hope Gala

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In the midst of this early spring, which has felt more like early winter here in the National Capital Region, we could all use a vacation to a warmer locale.  If you participate in NIH’s An Evening for Hope raffle, you will have a chance to win two JetBlue roundtrip travel vouchers in the U.S. or select Caribbean and South American countries, and more importantly your entire raffle ticket purchase will benefit the Children’s Inn at NIH.

The raffle prize is just one aspect of this fantastic annual event, which takes place on April 28th at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner; a silent auction, VIP reception, dinner, several speeches, and an after-party are all included in the program.  NCC has had the privilege of serving as a sponsor for An Evening for Hope for the first four years of the event and will proudly be the “Valet Sponsor” for this year.

The money raised at An Evening for Hope will go directly to the Children’s Inn, a “place like home” for children with serious illnesses.  The Children’s Inn was founded in 1990, and since that time nearly 13,000 children and their families from all 50 states and nearly 100 countries have stayed – free of charge – at the Inn.  After spending their days in treatment at NIH, the children return to the Children’s Inn to be with their families and the compassionate staff and volunteers, to participate in a variety of educational and fun activities.

In addition to serving as a sponsor for An Evening for Hope for the fifth consecutive year, NCC has been honored to be involved in many Children’s Inn activities, including the Thoughtful Treasures initiative, A WINNter Affair, and the Children’s Inn Gala, among others.  NCC’s relationship with the NIH goes all the way back to the founding of our company in 2002, when we first provided realtime captioning services.  Since that time, we have added transcription, webcasting, AV and technology, and live event support for the NIH, enabling communication and collaboration for several organizations within the Institute as they perform research to develop treatments for the children who visit the NIH and the Children’s Inn.

We look forward to An Evening for Hope on April 28th, and we are honored to serve as a sponsor for this important night.  We encourage you to purchase a raffle ticket here (you do not need to be present at An Evening for Hope to win) or donate to the Children’s Inn by visiting its website.

NCC to Create “Thoughtful Treasures” for the Children’s Inn at NIH

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The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) opened its doors in 1990 to offer kids and their families a comfortable place to stay – at no charge – while the children receive medical treatment at NIH.  Since that time, organizations, companies, and individuals have volunteered their time and money in a number of ways to bring happiness to the thousands of children who have stayed at the Children’s Inn.

One of the newest ways in which to uplift a child at the Children’s Inn is the Thoughtful Treasures initiative.  On February 28th, NCC employees will participate in Thoughtful Treasures, as we will craft small gift baskets for residents of the Inn to receive in their mailboxes.  When each child checks into the Children’s Inn, they – along with siblings – receive a key to their own mailbox where they can find a “Thoughtful Treasure” awaiting them every day.  These daily gifts brighten the child’s day during their time at the Inn.

Since 2002, NCC has been privileged to provide a variety of services to NIH; and since 2013, we have proudly supported the Children’s Inn.  The Children’s Inn provides a family support system for children receiving last-hope treatment at the NIH. The Children’s Inn is a comforting place for children to stay in between treatments and hospitalizations; “a place like home” where families can stay together and find mutual support from other families staying at the Inn.  Without the Children’s Inn, some families may not be able to have their children participate in studies at the NIH because the cost of staying in a hotel for the duration of the treatment could be prohibitive.

In addition, on February 24th, NCC will participate in A WINNter Affair, an event which benefits the Children’s Inn.  Our Multimedia and Production Division Manager serves on the host committee for the event, assisting in outreach and fundraising efforts on NCC’s behalf.

Furthermore, for the fifth consecutive year, NCC will serve as a sponsor for the annual An Evening for Hope event, which takes place on April 28th at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner, VA.  All proceeds go to the Children’s Inn.  We will provide more details about this event as it approaches.

In the meantime, we look forward to taking a break from our workday on February 28th to create our Thoughtful Treasures, and we hope our creations bring a smile to the faces of the children who are staying at the Children’s Inn.  Any organization, group, or individual can create items to donate for Thoughtful Treasures; learn more here, email meghan.abegast@nih.gov, or call 301-594-5364.

Audio and Video Digitization and Restoration for National Park Service

Most of us no longer own VCRs, tape players, or phonographs – but centuries of our history are captured in the old-style analog media. Through a contract with the National Park Service, NCC will convert nearly 900 hours of analog recordings for the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site into digital file formats, for improved accessibility to the public.  NCC is proud to provide digitization and restoration support for recordings in numerous forms of media – including reel-to-reel video and audio, Betacam and VHS cassettes, audio cassettes, and even Edison-era phonograph disks.

The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, located in Washington, DC, is dedicated to the life and legacy of its namesake who was a noted African-American educator, civil rights champion, and presidential adviser during her lifetime (1875-1955).  The Washington, DC townhouse was the first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women and was Bethune’s last home.

There is an entire generation that has never played a cassette, record, reel-to-reel video/audio, or VHS tape.  This massive project ensures that this and future generations will have access to hundreds of hours of media, giving them the opportunity to learn more about the history of African American women and their many contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.

Through our contract with NPS, NCC provides media digitization, transcription, translation, and captioning to support NPS’s mission to preserve “unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System.”

National Capitol Contracting is a full-service provider of technology and multimedia solutions. From audiovisual engineering and broadcast operations, to captioning, digital court reporting and document management, we provide the people and the technology to enable communication and collaboration. We focus on delivery for you – the customer – enabling you to focus on your mission.

Audiovisual Support for Foreign Service Institute

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In August 2017, NCC was honored to begin an audiovisual support contract with the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI).  Through this contract, NCC provides support to FSI’s Audiovisual Facility in the areas of audiovisual technical support; project services; eLearning and Blended Learning Development; and programs/contract management services and support.

The students at FSI are American diplomats who are studying foreign cultures and languages within short time frames, prior to embarking on their posts overseas.  Our experienced and knowledgeable on-site audiovisual team develops and maintains the innovative audiovisual and eLearning technology to prepare each student for his or her diplomatic mission.  We support FSI’s National Foreign Affairs Training Center (NFATC) Rosslyn (Arlington) campus, plus two other FSI facilities in Rosslyn and Washington, DC.

FSI is the federal government’s principal training institution for employees in the foreign affairs community.  The Institute prepares American diplomats to foster U.S. foreign affairs interests abroad and domestically.

Through our contract with FSI, NCC provides audiovisual and a variety of other services to support the Institute’s mission of “ensuring the career-long learning opportunities required for success in today’s global arena.”  NCC is familiar with the dynamic needs within the Institute’s multicultural learning environment, as we currently provide on-site support with a 7-person team at FSI’s training center.  We look forward to providing a diverse range of high-quality support throughout the duration of our contract with FSI.

National Capitol Contracting is a full-service provider of technology and multimedia solutions. From audiovisual engineering and broadcast operations, to captioning, digital court reporting and document management, we provide the people and the technology to enable communication and collaboration. We focus on delivery for you – the customer – enabling you to focus on your mission.

NCC to Exhibit at Government Video Expo and ASAE Technology Expo

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NCC continues our annual late-fall tradition of exhibiting at two prominent expos: the Government Video Expo (GVE) and the ASAE (American Society of Association Executives) Technology Expo.  This will be our sixth consecutive appearance at GVE and fourth straight year exhibiting at the ASAE Tech Expo.

We will close out November at the GVE, which takes place on November 29-30 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.  We will be located at Booth #328 on the Convention Center floor, directly across from the Drone Cage.  There, we will showcase our enterprise communication and collaboration solutions, including IT, Broadcast, AV engineering and operations, as well as captioning and transcription.

Two weeks later, on December 12-13, we will take our show across the Potomac River to the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD, to exhibit at the ASAE Tech Expo.  We will again feature our scope of services and solutions, including audiovisual, communications, captioning, and transcription.  Our exhibit will be located at Booth #613, on the eastern side of the expo floor, adjacent to one of the food areas.

Please visit us at Booth #328 at the GVE on November 29-30, and at Booth #613 at the ASAE Tech Expo on December 12-13, follow us on Twitter at @NCC_Comm, and discuss your technology, communication and collaboration needs with us.

National Capitol Contracting is a full-service provider of technology and multimedia solutions. From audiovisual engineering and broadcast operations, to captioning, digital court reporting and document management, we provide the people and the technology to enable communication and collaboration. We focus on delivery for you – the customer – enabling you to focus on your mission.

NSF-funded LIGO Discovers Kilonova – Two Stars Colliding

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Our clients are engaged in interesting, meaningful, and sometimes world-changing work, and here is one example.  In October, the National Science Foundation-funded Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) announced news 130 million years in the making.  Hundreds of scientists worked with LIGO to discover a “kilonova” – an explosion caused by the collision of two collapsed stars

And though the collision occurred all those millions of years ago in an extremely distant galaxy, it was not until August 17th that the signals of the kilonova could be detected from Earth.  Up until that point, there was only indirect evidence of kilonovas, but no proof that neutron stars were involved.  That changed in August, when LIGO’s sensitive detectors were rattled  for 100 seconds by the faraway crashing of the two neutron stars.  The kilonova generated a gamma-ray burst which contained aspects needed to create heavy elements like gold, platinum, and uranium; and scientists have surmised that all the gold on Earth was likely created in a kilonova.

Since 2010, NCC has provided on-site transcription (for the National Science Board); audiovisual integration and maintenance; dedicated, on-site conference scheduling and conference center support; and live event services at NSF’s headquarters and throughout the United States. For seven years, NCC has focused on delivery to facilitate NSF’s mission to promote the advancement of science around the world – and in this case, around the universe!

We congratulate NSF on this remarkable discovery, and we are privileged to support this long- respected organization in a diverse range of service areas.

National Capitol Contracting is a full-service provider of technology and multimedia solutions. From audiovisual engineering and broadcast operations, to captioning, digital court reporting and document management, we provide the people and the technology to enable communication and collaboration. We focus on delivery for you – the customer – enabling you to focus on your mission.

Information from the Washington Post and The Globe and Mail was used in this blog post.