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April 13,  2018
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Thank You Tech Nite 18 Supporters | Tech Nite Sponsoring Info
Pop-Ups Offer Classes on Today's Hot Topics
Tom Tom Founders Festival | Charlottesville (4/9 - 4/15)
Satellite Bootcamp (application deadline 4/15)
Blacksburg Blockchain Symposium (4/20)
Google Analytics & Dashboards (4/21)
JMU X-Labs Innovation Summit (4/27)
GO Virignia Region 8 Council Meeting (4/27)
GO Virignia Region 8 Council Meeting (4/27)
Job Opening | Director of Information Technology, Lexington City Schools
Job Opening | Electronics Technician, ComSonics in Harrisonburg
Job Opening | Application Developer, Shen Valley Electric Coop
Tech Nite 18 Supporters | Sponsoring Info | How to vote for your favorite in the Serco People's Choice award

Interested in Becoming a Sponsor?
Tech Nite is the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council's annual premier gathering, highlighting the Valley's technology achievement and innovation in 8 award categories. On May 2, 2018 attendees will gather at JMU's Festival Center for Tech Nite 18 to recognize and highlight the successes of technology firms, organizations and programs in the region and the entrepreneurs and innovators behind those successes. 

Becoming involved as a Tech Nite sponsor provides an outstanding opportunity for visibility! Attended by the key players in the technology community a Tech Nite sponsorship positions the sponsor's name, logo, and hyperlink (depending on level chosen) as a leader in the area. Choose from several levels of recognition and benefits. All levels include attendance tickets.

Available Tech Nite Sponsorships
Networking Reception Sponsor
Table Sponsor
Dessert Bar Sponsor
Media & Multi-Media

Remember to Vote for the People's Choice Award
Public social media posts that use hashtag  #SVTCPC18 AND the name of the nominee (or company name or organization name). Use the following: Twitter or Instagram (set to public), or a private Facebook Messenger note to "Walter" ( see details). We'll accumulate the votes all thru April, and on May 2, we will display a social wall with all the votes on a big screen.



Sharing an article about our member,  JMU X-Labs.

April 5, 2018

The class was supposed to be temporary, a quick dive into the link between literature and anthropology. The professors had no idea if students would even come. It wasn't mandatory, they wouldn't get credit and it was taking place at night. Friday night.

So no one was more surprised than Kara Wittman and Joanne Nucho when 24 people showed up for their "Essay as Resistance" class, which had its debut at Pomona College in March 2017 and ran for three 90-minute sessions. "We were shocked that it was so popular," said Ms. Wittman, an assistant professor of English at Pomona, in Claremont, Calif., who taught the class with Ms. Nucho, an assistant professor of anthropology there.

But that's exactly the appeal of the so-called pop-up class, an experiential, interdisciplinary, extracurricular workshop that appears briefly and usually vanishes.
Pop-up classes have grown in popularity over the last few years, with a number of colleges and universities offering them. They're often related to current events. Bennington College's " Am I Charlie?," held in 2015, was a response to the attacks on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in France. "White Privilege" was offered last year at St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vt., when Black Lives Matter gained traction on campus.

"It was a time when our community on campus and nationally was divided around issues of race, and we wanted to give our students the opportunity to discuss some of these challenging topics," said Kimoi Seale, assistant dean of students, who taught the "White Privilege" class.  Pop-ups have appeared in various incarnations for a while, but are often traced to Stanford University's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, commonly called the, for seasoned instructors to try out new course content.

Timothy Moore, 25, was a University Innovation fellow in 2015. After being introduced to the idea of pop-ups, he brought the concept back to James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., from which he graduated that year. The university's X-Lab has since held pop-ups in everything from building ukuleles to ice-cream making using liquid nitrogen.

"A lot of teachers don't realize that the pop-up will make their curriculum stronger," said Mr. Moore, who now works at Claremont College's Hive, a program at the school that brings students together across disciplines to practice human-centered approached to real-world problems. "They're a low-risk way to try out a class."

This April, Charlottesville will celebrate innovators, visionaries and artists who are shaping small cities. It is both a community focused celebration with dozens of free events and a national platform that inspires some of the leading entrepreneurs and civic innovators in the country. With over 70 bands, 400 speakers and 400 community organizations, and 44,925 program attendees, the Festival spills across outdoor spaces, theaters, galleries, and concert halls, transforming the entire city.

Events include several  summitscompetitionstalks and workshops, as well as a  tech mixer!

For more information, please visit .

Remote/Online Program | Application Deadline  April 15 @ 11:59pm

Satellite Bootcamp is a 12-week remote + online program that takes students through the basics of digital marketing, design, data science, web design, and software engineering. After learning the basics, you'll apply what you learned in a 5-week internship or venture building experience.
The bootcamp is 100% remote and a 10hr/week commitment which allows students to take on another summer job or take summer classes while also learning valuable skills.

An information session about the program will be held in Charlottesville -- you are not required to attend it to apply. If you are interested in the information session, please see   Satellite Bootcamp Info Session (Facebook event by HackCville)

More information and registration about Satellite Bootcamp program

April 20, 2018 | 8:30 am - 4:00 pm |  Lyric Theatre, Blacksburg

About the Blacksburg Blockchain Symposium
"Like no other innovation in a generation, blockchain technology has become synonymous with digital disruption. Blockchain technology promises to revolutionize traditional understandings of money, authority, trust, and governance - almost instantaneously and comprehensively challenging age-old institutions."

The first-ever Blacksburg Blockchain Symposium, hosted by GFURR, will draw from Blacksburg's rich and diverse array of perspectives to examine the political, economic, and social impacts of blockchain technology. Bringing together academics, practitioners and the public, the Blacksburg Blockchain Symposium will examine the promise, potential, and pitfalls of blockchain in a variety of contexts, with a central focus on exploring the many regulatory challenges that are emerging around the blockchain and how we conceptualize resilience within our financial and political systems.

Attendance is free, but registration is required. For attendees wanting to stay overnight, a special symposium rate is available at the Main Street Inn.  To reserve a room, please contact the  Main Street Inn  (540-552-6246) and ask for the "Blockchain Symposium" rate. This rate is only applicable for reservations made by March 30.

For additional information on the event
Visit the Symposium website, 
or email GFURR at

Register for April 20, 2018 symposium


April 21, 2018 | JMU Lakeview Hall 
$36.00   per person (scholarships available)

You added Google Analytics tracking code to your site, and you (occasionally) measure site visitors and pageviews. You know there's more to be done, but you aren't sure what. This two session class will help you better understand Google Analytics, select metrics to measure your site and build a dashboard that tracks your website performance.

Top class takeaways: Understand what Google's metrics and reports mean... and which you should actually pay attention to.

Get best practices for collecting and using website data. Get help turning your business goals into specific, measurable metrics. Use Google's new tool Data Studio to build your own dashboard. This talk will be hands on and questions are welcome!

Prerequisites & Tech Requirements
  • This class is for people with various levels of technical experience (beginner to advanced) who want to better utilize Google Analytics tools to measure their website's statistics.
  • Bring a laptop to follow along and experiment during this hands-on workshop.
  • To get the most out of this course, it is recommended that you get access to Google Analytics for a site that you manage. If you need help adding analytics code to your site, check out this video:
About Your Instructor: Emily Patterson
Emily Patterson is the founder of Bee Measure ( ), an agency that helps nonprofits use data to create more effective websites and digital marketing. She started the company in 2016 by drawing on her experience at Public Broadcasting Service and Better Business Bureau. Emily believes that data can help organizations of all sizes work smarter and do more with limited budgets. When she's not getting nerdy at work, Emily enjoys the outdoors, reading and sampling Charlottesville's many breweries. Emily is also a PMI-certified Project Management Professional.

Location: JMU Lakeview Hall (JMU XLabs), 298 Port Republic Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22807.
Pre-registration is required: 

April 27, 2018 | JMU Lakeview Hall 

Join us at the JMU X-Labs Innovation Summit, featuring over 180 students from six courses and 35 different majors who will display and present their final projects to administrators, industry client partners, family and friends. You are invited to join us to connect with extraordinary students, watch key presentations and explore an open symposium of demonstrations and displays of student solutions.

April 27, 2018 | Virginia Horse Center, Lexington

The next GO Virginia Region 8 Council meeting will be held Friday, April 27 th , from 10:00 am until noon.  The meeting will take place at the Virginia Horse Center, 487 Maury River Road, Lexington, Virginia 24450, in the Appomattox Mezzanine. 

About GO Virginia
The Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board and Fund was approved by the 2016 Virginia General Assembly, and is a business-led, bipartisan initiative that is incentivized and encouraged by the state, however participation is not required of localities. An organizing workgroup made up of staff from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and interested economic development, workforce training, community planning and development, education, and business leaders from around the state met in 2016 to recommend geographic partitioning and Fund guidelines and procedures to the Board. Nine regions were established and each region formed councils that were certified by the Board in March 2017. The Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board is comprised of 24 members with representation from the House and Senate, Gubernatorial appointments, and private sector leadership. In addition to approving GO Virginia regions and certifying regional councils, the Board is responsible for determining project funding.
For additional information about the Virginia Initiative for Growth & Opportunity, please visit


April 28, 2018 | 9 LFCC Fauquier Campus

Most people are familiar with the popular search engine Google. However, there is so much more Google has to offer for personal productivity and business professionals to take advantage of with a Google Apps account. This course looks thoroughly at many of the most productive Google Apps and how tried and true best practices can make a major positive change for you and/or your business.
To stay up to date with current events and find credible information via the Web, you'll review Advanced Google Searching, Google News, Alerts, Plus, and Chrome.  For improved efficiency and communication you'll closely examine Google Mail and Google Calendar.  Online productivity and collaboration for word processing, presentations, spreadsheets and more will be fully covered via Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and Apps.  Come learn how Google can improve your personal, professional, and business productivity!
In order to access many of the features discussed in this class, participants are encouraged to set up a free Gmail account ( before coming to class.


Job Opening: Software Engineer

Jenzabar is looking for a talented and experienced Software Engineer to join our team of passionate people in designing and developing a high quality, end user focused administrative web application for higher education. This individual should be highly proficient with HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript/jQuery and have a passion for web development as well as a keen eye for well-designed UX and UI. The Software Engineer should have solid experience with Responsive Web Design techniques to build interfaces which will adapt to the many devices in which our end users will use to access our application. Solid experience with developing .Net MVC web applications and the .Net framework is highly preferred. If you enjoy working in a team environment to develop an application that will not just let users do their work but help them do their work, then please consider joining the Jenzabar team.

Job Opening: 
Director of Information Technology 

Lexington City Schools | Lexington

The Director of Information Technology is responsible for the design, implementation, and ongoing maintenance of all server, network, and computing technology for Lexington City Schools and the City of Lexington. This position also assists with networking and server support at the Rockbridge ECC. The position reports to the Superintendent of Lexington City Schools and the City Manager. Given oversight of the city's varied technology infrastructure, the Director of Information Technology must be self - driven, organized, and possess a keen attention to detail. As primary support for faculty, staff, and students, the Director of Information Technology must also be collaborative and committed to customer service. 

Job Opening: 
Electronics Technician
ComSonics| Harrisonburg

ComSonics, Inc, is currently seeking an experienced 2nd shift Electronics Technician in the Harrisonburg, VA facility. This position will be focused in the line repair area.  Qualified candidates should possess:

  • 2+ years of fundamental electronics knowledge with prior experience in troubleshooting and repairing electronics equipment
  • Ability to effectively utilize service manuals, hand tools and test equipment to diagnose and repair electronics equipment
  • Experience using electronic test equipment (Digital Volt Meter, Signal Generator, Network Analyzer)
  • Soldering/desoldering experience required

Pay commensurate with experience.  ComSonics is an established corporation that offers rich employee benefits including medical, dental, vision & life insurance, short & long-term disability and employee ownership plan.  

More information at

Job Opening: Application Developer
Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative | Mount Crawford

SVEC is looking for an Application Developer to design, develop, test, and implement software applications and interfaces to meet the needs of the Cooperative. Applicants should visit  (Your Cooperative > Employment) and print an application, which can then be mailed or delivered to an SVEC office (P.O. Box 236), or emailed to .  

View pdf for more information

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